Steering Committee


Simon Herteleer

Age: 23 ~ Member Association: Sensoa, Belgium

Simon is a 23 year old student in Belgium. He grew up in South America, has always been interested in human rights and has always been an advocate for people who are less fortunate than others. Although he only joined his MA in 2015 Simon has been engaged with topics surrounding SRHR since the age of 12. His father, a doctor and his mother, who worked at the UNDP in Ecuador on HIV Prevention, served as role models for his passion in helping people. He hopes to continue the work he started back in Latin America by empowering young people to teach other young people how to deal with SRHR and find creative and innovative ways of reaching out to them. He hopes to expand the work of YSAFE and his belief is that sexual education and awareness works best when it comes ‘from young people to young people’. Apart from SRHR he is truly passionate about nature conservation, democracy and Human Rights.

Juraj Tomášik

Age: 25 ~ Member Association: Slovak Family Plannning Association (SFPA)

Juraj is a 25-year old SRHR advocate, who is passionate about human rights and health. He joined Slovak Family Planning Association in 2012 and has been active in delivering Comprehensive Sexuality Education and protection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights ever since. In the meantime Juraj graduated from Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Medicine and he decided to pursue further studies at Masaryk University in Brno. Juraj is a member of the Steering Committee for the second time. Juraj actively participated in YSAFE’s Communication and Advocacy training, multiple YSAFE Annual Meetings as well as IPPF EN’s Regional Councils. Juraj is most grateful for having been selected to attend two consecutive sessions of UN’s Commission on Population and Development in New York, for these events revealed to him what high-level global advocacy truly entails and made him realize that critical thinking and common sense are extremely underrated and should be used at all times.

Kotryna Mikalauskaite

Age: 22 ~ Member Association: The Family Planning and Sexual Health Association of Lithuania (FPSHA)

Kotryna Mikalauskaitė is 22 years old and from Lithuania. She is a psychology student at Vilnius University and hopes to become a therapist in the future. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to a person’s well being, so Kotryna believes that it is crucial to work hard in order to implement these rights on a national, regional and global level. Throughout her volunteer work, she wishes to be able to convey the YSAFE vision to my peers – that people of all ages and genders should be able to have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Nejra Gadžo

Age: 23 ~ Member Association: Association XY, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nejra is 23 years old and from Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, currently living in Graz, Austria.  Nejra finished geography at Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Sarajevo and is doing her Master Degree at the University of Graz. She has been involved in various activities within her Member Association, Association XY, in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 2008. She started as volunteer, became peer educator and then became a board member. The work she has done has been related to different topics ranging from Comprehensive Sexuality Education (peer education/counseling) to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights advocacy. She has participated in numerous trainings for example  “Advocacy and Human Rights “ and  “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”.

Despina Dimitrova

Age: 24 ~ Member Association: Health Education and Research Association, Skopje, Macedonia (H.E.R.A.)

Despina Dimitrova is 24 years old and from Macedonia. She completed her primary and secondary education in her home town of Skopje. In 2011, she became a student at the Dental Faculty, University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, where she graduated in June 2016. In 2011 she started getting actively involved with the Health Education and Research Association (H.E.R.A.) in Macedonia through the project “My choice, my decision” Later she joined the peer education program at H.E.R.A. as a peer educator for HIV / AIDS. Since then, she has actively been involved in the work of the youth group of H.E.R.A in planning and implementing activities related to youth and their sexual and reproductive health and rights. In 2013 and 2014 she represented the youth of Macedonia as a speaker on a youth conference for “The access to modern contraception for the young people in Macedonia”. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the board of H.E.R.A. and from December 2016 she officially became an intern at H.E.R.A.. She is actively involved in the project “Young volunteers as activist and educators”. Her efforts are focused on advocacy activities related to the introduction of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Macedonia and access to services and contraception for women and girls.