Executive board

President

Andrej Martin Vujkovac

Andrej is a recently graduated Medical Doctor from Ljubljana. He spent most of his student years working in Youth Organisations, such as the Slovenian Medical Students International Committee (SloMSIC) and International Federation of Medical Students Associations, where he served as a volunteer and later in Executive board positions. His first employment after graduation was in Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia, where he worked as a Public Health Associate. His work has included designing preventing programmes for Youth, advocating for better health policies in the field of addictions and training young activists who want to make the world a better place.
Vice-president for Youth Research

Lukas Galkus

(Lithuanian Medical Students’ Association)
Lukas Galkus is a medical doctor from Lithuania and a health activist with a working background in Lithuanian Medical Students’ Association (LiMSA) and Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition. Over the last 6 years he has been active in public health sector representing youth voice both on national and international level. Lukas is currently serving as a board member in European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare). He is interested in research in fields of health promotion, prevention (especially alcohol, tobacco and drugs), health economics and youth work. Previously he lead Alcohol Policy Youth Network as the resident of organization.
Vice-president for Health Policy and Advocacy

Enes Efendioglu

(Civil Life Association Turkey)
Enes is a Medical Doctor from Turkey. He is a PhD candidate in Public Health in Ankara, where he currently resides. He founded the youth NGO Civil Life Association in 2013 which received consultative status from the United Nations and operates as an umbrella organisation for 22 branches and 3000+ active volunteers in Turkey. He continues to serve as the president of the Monitoring Committee of Civil Life Association.

Enes has been a research fellow at both Harvard Medical School and Wisconsin Medical School in recent years and received a Pompidou Group Prevention Prize of Council of Europe for the year 2018, based on his excellent work in relation to prevention of substance abuse and youth participation.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH WORK ON HEALTH FIELD AND TRAINING

David Imbago Jacome

David is a medical doctor from Ecuador. He was President of the National Association of Medical Students in Ecuador and General Assistant for the Americas Region at the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA). Through the work of the IFMSA with Ipas, David started his activism for reproductive rights by advocating for safe and legal abortion, working on capacity building for advocacy with fellow medical students. After finishing medical school, David became a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, being involved in high-level advocacy for young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a medical doctor, he worked for a year in a rural community in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest in a primary care facility, working with indigenous communities in remote locations. Currently, David is a Board Member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Chair of the Adolescent and Youth Constituency. David is also a Master's in Public Health student at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.
Regional Coordinator for Northern Europe

Milda Burneikaitė

(Lithuanian Medical Students’ Association)
Milda Burneikaitė is a 4th year medical student from Vilnius, Lithuania. She has been actively involved in public health activities for 4 years now volunteering in Lithuanian medical students‘ association. Milda got involved in APYN’s activities in 2017 when she helped to coordinate a project called “Towards Slovenian and Lithuanian Youth Manifesto on Alcohol” and 4th European Alcohol Policy Youth Conference.
Regional Coordinator for Southeastern Europe

Sanja Sisovic

(CAZAS)
Sanja Sisovic comes from Podgorica, Montenegro. She has been active in health field since 2010 when she joined NGO CAZAS as youth worker and health activist. Currently, she is very active in promotion of health habits among youth, advocacy and health policices shaping. Since 2018 she is member of National Alcohol Council within Ministry of health in Montenegro and is active in more than five different working groups and national teams for NCDs and reproductive health of youth. Her working background has been mostly focused on health and youth related topics, with more than 10 years of experience in volunteering and working in the field of public health in SEE region, active participation and involvement in more than 50 regional and international health events in last five years and representing Montenegro as delegate at five international networks on different health topics. Her profesional interested is focused on helath topics with special emphasis on mental helath of youth and development of SEL skills among youth.
Regional Coordinator for Western Europe and International Organizations

Jan Peloza

(IMZTR)
Jan is the co-funder of the Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia and in the past he has been serving as a director of the Institute for Youth Participation, Health and Sustainable Development, Foundation Mobin, president of the Alcohol Policy Youth Network and an alternate board member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health which is chaired by the World Health Orgazation, where he has worked as a consultant for many years on topics of Alcohol, Tobacco, Meaningful youth engagement, strategic communications and advocacy. He holds a masters in social marketing on the topic of problematic gambling and a bachelor in computing and informatics.

Secretariat

Secretary General

Urša Šetina

Urša has joined YHO as a Secretary General in 2016. She graduated at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, where she studied Spanish language and literature and Comparative literature and literary theory. She developed her managerial skills already as a student, while being the president and CEO of the Academic choir Tone Tomšič of the University of Ljubljana in seasons 2008/2009 and 2011/2012. She worked as an organizer and manager of a Slovenian percussion group Slovenski tolkalni projekt (SToP) and she was a member of an international chamber choir Utopia & Reality, led by Ragnar Rassmusen and Urša Lah, from its establishment in 2013 until 2019. In YHO she is responsible for managing the organization, leading the Secretariat, coordinating projects, research and project activities and organizing events.
PROJECT MANAGER

Nina Kapelj Lukman

Nina Kapelj Lukman is a graduate student in the studies of the Educational science and Spanish language and literature at the University of Ljubljana. She is employed in the YHO since January 2020. She has been actively involved in the youth field and youth work since 2013. In the first years, she was volunteering at the national scout organization of Slovenia, where she was a national program commissioner. In 2018, she started working with a Slovenian national youth health organization where she coordinated a national project »Youth for Health«. She also collaborated with the Youth Association No Excuse Slovenia, where she was the head of youth work and professional prevention programs in schools. She has a lot of experience in the youth field and carrying out different programs in schools.

Monitoring Commitee

Sofia Ribeiro

(European Medical Students’ Association - EMSA)
Sofia is a Medical Doctor specializing in Public Health in Portugal. She has completed an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and she is currently completing a MA in International Relations and Political Science (European Studies track) at the NOVA university in Lisbon. Over the last years, she has been working in Public Health at international level, having attended over 40 international meetings as an active delegate. She worked as a consultant at the WHO Representation to the European Union in Brussels for a year, following topics related to risk factors, including alcohol and tobacco. Furthermore, Sofia has worked as the Vice President for External Affairs of the European Medical Students’ Association for two years, addressing health policies and public health projects across Europe in several areas, including alcohol, healthy ageing, bioethics and medical education. Perhaps the area she has more expertise in would be the reduction of alcohol-related harm. As the Vice President for Advocacy and Alcohol Policy of APYN for four years, she worked on research, policy, advocacy and also training at both national and European level. She also holds a position within the Young Forum Gastein Taskforce, and she was a member of the Executive Desk and the Executive Committee of the European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health. In her spare time, she likes to learn languages and travel.

Ingunn Aanes

Ingunn was a member of the APYN secretariat from 2010 till 2014. She holds a master degree in economics and management from the Norwegian School of Economics. Further, she has broad experience from different youth organization including APYN, No Excuse and Juvente Norway.

Urška Erklavec

Urška Erklavec has been a keen activist on public health since 2008. In 2020, she started working at the Slovenian Ministry of Health to support health topics during the Presidency of Slovenia to the Council of the EU. She is also active as a vice-president at the Food and nutrition section of European Public Health Association (EUPHA). Before she was a president of Slovenian NCD Alliance, and a president of No Excuse Slovenia. In her free time, she researches food systems as part of her PhD studies. Her educational background is in Pharmacy.