Eurasian Harm Reduction Network. Changes in Governance do not Change Work Directions

13 August 2017

There have been changes in the composition of the shareholders of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN). Emilis Subata, EHRN co-founder, a prominent psychiatrist widely known in СEECA region and associate professor of the Vilnius University of Psychiatry, has been succeeded in his position by Linas Merkelis, an entrepreneur with a diploma in legal studies. The latter says that the replacements of shareholders will not affect the work directions of the organization aiming to develop harm reduction programs in CEECA region. We will continue building our work on the principles of partnership and collaboration and further pursue the goals of our organization by strengthening our staff and extending our partner network.

“Our role as shareholders is to ensure that our organization is working seamlessly and effectively. One of our priorities is to build the capacity of the project management team and provide for the organization´s active involvement at international and national levels,” says Ingrida Sulciene, one of the co-founders and a shareholder of the organization. She has also emphasized how important it is for the organization to raise its public profile in Lithuania and ensure closer cooperation with its social partners and communities.

EHRN has two shareholders, each with 50% decisive voting power in the issues of financial reporting, annual program, appointment of the executive director and changes in organizational procedures. The shareholders plan to leave the strategy, programmatic approaches and vision of the organization intact.

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Ingrida Sulciene is one of EHRN´s Secretariat co-founders. Ingrida is a social entrepreneur and integrated communication professional with a solid track of almost 20 years of experience in non-governmental, public and private sectors. Ingrida is also a co-founder of Lithuanian Public Relations Professionals’ Union and founder of Dress for Success Vilnius-Lithuania. She has played an active part in the creation of the I Can Live Coalition (Lithuania), an organization engaged in advocacy for harm reduction as an effective solution for problems of addiction.

Linas Merkelis is a businessman with a degree in legal studies and an investor into innovation and socially significant projects, actively working in Lithuania as well as in other countries. He has gained ample experience in project and investment management and has a keen interest in social programs promoting harm reduction and contributing to keeping communities safe and healthy. 

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