Early Career Award 2018


Sanela Talić  - Slovenia

Leadership in disseminating evidence-based prevention practice nationally and internationally, exceptional training skills which inspire trainees to work even better in practice, an exceptional advocate for evidence-based policies and practices nationally and internationally.


  • Over 7 years of experience in the drug demand reduction field
  • Head of Prevention Programmes - Institute of Research and Development (UTRIP)
  • Involved in a range of projects in prevention, health promotion and healthy lifestyles, social-emotional learning, violence and injury prevention
  • National Coordinator and Master Trainer for European Drug Addiction Prevention trial (EU-DAP), EFFEKT programme for parents, Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) and Boys and Girls Plus Programme 
  • Member and past elected Secretary of the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)
  • Actively involved in research, delivered key note speeches and presentations at national and international conferences


Honourable Mention

Ahmad Shah- PakistanAhmad Shah

More than 10 years of experience in the Drug Demand Reduction field at the local, national and international level.

  • Programme Coordinator for the Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF)
  • Leading the development of Pakistan Youth Congress
  • Exchange Ambassador for the U.S. Embassy Pakistan
  • Managed the Youth Development Foundation and has been the Training Officer and Field Coordinator of Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan
  • 2012 Emerging Leader of Pakistan Fellow: A Program of Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center
  • Participated in a number of international youth initiatives and trainings
  • Inspire a Generation Fellow: An initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
  • #1 contributor to ISSUP’s Knowledge Share from Asia
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