Elizabeth Rowley

Elizabeth, Founder & Director

Elizabeth Rowley is the Founder and Director of T1International. She was born in the United States and has lived with type 1 diabetes for 25 years. Elizabeth moved to London in 2011 to complete her Master’s degree in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has worked with non-profits, diabetes and health organisations ever since. Elizabeth believes strongly that where you were born should not determine whether you live or die with diabetes. She is confident that by working together we can find sustainable solutions to the complex problems faced by people with diabetes around the world.

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James Elliott

James, Trustee

James Elliott is a researcher of diabetes, health system policy and global health. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since age 12. He currently lives in Toronto Canada, the birthplace of insulin. James works with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the WoundPedia NGO. He is excited to work with T1International in order to raise awareness of the needless suffering that people living with diabetes in low/middle income, conflict and refugee contexts undergo and he looks forward to helping harness the collective voice and power of the global diabetes community.

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Fiona Conner

Fiona, Trustee

Fiona Conner owns and runs a price comparison website, with varied experience from biotechnology to web projects. Her young daughter developed type 1 diabetes at the age of three. Having grown up in a developing country and with first-hand experience of under-resourced healthcare, Fiona wondered how people with type 1 manage in those situations. She is excited to work with T1International as they give people worldwide the chance to tell their own stories. She is passionate about changing the way spending on type 1 is prioritised by governments and wants to see a world where everyone has access what they need to manage this challenging condition.

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John Rowley

John, Trustee

John Rowley is a Senior Planning Officer at Cheltenham Borough Council. He was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 23 and remembers thinking at the time how amazing it was to have such great care provided by the NHS. Only later did he realise this is not the case worldwide. John has been involved in most aspects of T1International since the very beginning. He is dedicated to the organisation because he believes that speaking with a collective voice is the only way to ensure that everyone, wherever they are, gets the insulin, supplies and care that they deserve.

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Amy Stones

Amy, Trustee

Amy Stones has been an avid volunteer since her teens and has spent her career working as an international development project manager. She has an MSc in Development Management and currently works at Save the Children UK as the People & Planning Manager for policy, advocacy and campaigns. Amy is inspired by the opportunity for T1International to make a difference to the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes.

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Josh Visnaw

Josh, Trustee

Josh Visnaw has been a type 1 diabetic since age 15, spending the majority of his life in the United States. He recently completed a Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship in Timor-Leste working to expand educational opportunities under the State Secretary for Youth and Sport. He had three periods without healthcare coverage in his lifetime, but he knows there are others with diabetes who face far harsher circumstances. As a Trustee, he is thrilled to collaborate and advocate for marginalized type 1s, and looks forward to the day when healthcare and insulin are viewed by everyone as a human right.

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Johnpeter Mwolo

Johnpeter, Global Advocate (Tanzania)

''Living in Tanzania with type 1 diabetes I know how people with type 1 diabetes here are experiencing life and challenges. This will allow us to help those who are facing the same challenges in other areas. I want many people to understand type 1, and with the help of T1International we can make sure many people understand and are supported.''

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Estelle van der Hoven

Estelle, Global Advocate (S. Africa)

‘‘After a lot of research, T1International’s website made me realize that although I have been fortunate to have access to insulin and a great medical team there are so many people with type 1 diabetes that do not have the resources to manage their diabetes. This is why I am happy to be part of this great organization, targeting real issues for people with type 1 diabetes.’’

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Juliana Bibano

Juliana, Global Advocate (Brazil)

“Unfortunately, the lack of knowledge from some patients combined with distribution problems turn diabetes management and treatment into a huge issue in Brazil. Access to all the needed supplies is essential for a good diabetes management, and every person diagnosed with diabetes should have access to them. That is why I support T1International, and I am pretty excited to advocate with them!”

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Apoorva Gomber

Apoorva, Global Advocate (India)

''I have a passion to ensure provision of health & emotional care to people with diabetes. There is a social stigma attached with having diabetes in India and many people end up with devastating complications without access to proper treatment. I believe in early diagnosis, affordable and easy access to insulin and supplies. I am exited to work with T1International to achieve this at a global level.”

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Moh advocate

Mohammad, Global Advocate (Kuwait)

“I strongly believe that each person diagnosed with diabetes should have access to medication, proper education to learn how to cope with and manage this condition the proper way, to be able to live a healthy and a productive life free from complications. That’s why I support T1International.''

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Katarina Braune

Katarina, Global Advocate (Germany)

"I have been a diabetes activist for a long time, and I think that empowering young people and fighting for global access to insulin are some of the most important things we can do as a diabetes community. As a Medical Doctor who has worked in a refugee health unit providing aid to more than 64,000 refugees, I am particularly interested in doing more in that area along with T1International."

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Karyn Wofford

Karyn, Global Advocate (USA)

"I want the world to fully understand type 1 diabetes and the care that is necessary to our lives. Providing education, changing mindsets and fighting for access that every diabetic in the world deserves drives my advocacy. Through raising awareness in my writing or urging change in the US healthcare system, I hope to bring understanding to the the importance of #insulin4all."

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Anna Pintsuk

Anna, Global Advocate (Austria)

“I have access to insulin and all the technology that makes living with this chronic disease easier, so I can live a great life. But many children die because they simply cannot afford insulin or because there is a lack of education about type 1 diabetes. As a T1International Global Advocate I have the opportunity to raise awareness and my voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Everybody should be able to test their blood sugar and to insulin to stay alive.”

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Yaa Bimpeh

Yaa, Global Advocate (Ghana)

''I am a memeber of Diabetes Youth Care, a local organization in Ghana which aims at reaching out to Ghanaian youth living with diabetes. Having learned how to educate and motivate young persons who have the condition and to motivate them and their parents about how they can better manage and live with the condition, I am well-placed to be a global diabetes advocate for T1International.''

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Cate Ndwiga

Cate, Volunteer

''I am passionate about all things related to diabetes and I would like to see change when it comes to diabetes supply prices, availability of medical practitioners and information about the condition. I would also like to teach people about the risks and consequences of a lack of access to these things.''

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Caroline Levins

Caroline, Volunteer

As an individual living with type 1 diabetes since childhood, T1International's mission is extremely important to me personally. I really enjoy working on the AdWords account in order to help users worldwide find the T1International website, access the great resources available and discover ways to get involved.

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Erin Gilmer

Erin, Volunteer

"I believe health is a human right. As a lawyer and type 1 diabetic myself with many other health conditions, I know the intricacies of navigating complicated systems to have even the most basic healthcare needs met. I volunteer to bring my background in law and patient advocacy to ensure that all diabetics have access to insulin and healthcare."

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Cheng Yong

Cheng Yong, Volunteer

''T1International made me realize that having access to insulin and healthcare is a privilege not to be taken for granted. I volunteer to bring my background in mathematics and data science to bridge the gap between data and advocacy. As a type 1 diabetic myself, volunteering here has given me a sense of community. ''

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Sharon Sauter

Sharon, Volunteer

''As a clinical researcher, I have seen firsthand how patient communities can have great influence on policy and research. As a type 1 diabetic, I am committed to helping other diabetics have affordable access to insulin and quality medical care.''

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Michellè Dreeckmeier

Michellè, Volunteer

''As a mother I couldn't begin to imagine what it must be like to not be able to afford insulin for my child. My heart was, and continues to be, deeply moved by the struggles the global D-community is facing. I have a passion for how families are impacted by this disease - emotionally, physically and financially. I believe that every person with T1D should have access to the care, support and supplies they need to live the life of their dreams.''

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Allison Bailey

Allison, Volunteer

"I believe strongly that everyone deserves equal and affordable access to insulin and quality healthcare. As a type 1 who has struggled to afford insulin, I am committed to fighting for the rights of all of us to afford the medicine and care we need, and to thrive in spite of diabetes."

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