Yan Valle, MSc, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Yan Valle was diagnosed with vitiligo in his early childhood. After receiving a MSc degree in Electroengineering, Yan received certification in computer engineering and later a degree in business administration. For over 15 years he enjoyed a successful business career consulting for multinational corporations, venture funds and private clients in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and South America. For four years prior to establishment of the VR Foundation in the US, he was a Director of Business Development at a leading technology company in Toronto. Since 2010, Yan has been committed full-time to combating vitiligo and improving quality of life for those affected by this neglected disease.
Today, Yan is proactively developing a new, interdisciplinary research model, and leading our bio-IT platform development in addition to his daily CEO duties. Through his proactive approach, Yan is demonstrating a different way of managing this disease-specific, non-profit foundation, with a stronger drive to value. Connect with Yan on LinkedIn
Alina oversees general operations at our New York HQ. She received a J.D. from Moscow State University and additional training in management at Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theater Institute (MKhAT). Following a distinguished career in law, Alina has worked with an array of charities, government organizations and NGOs around the globe, as well as founding and managing the highly-acclaimed NoBorders Art Gallery in Hong Kong for four years. Most recently, Alina carried out project and management work for a high-end men's fashion label in New York. Through friends, she became acutely aware of the detrimental impact of vitiligo and is now committed to raising awareness and working to fund initiatives seeking a cure for this disease. She joined our team in 2014.
Phil is responsible for design and implementation of our online projects, aligning product development with present and future market trends. Phil’s professional career has taken in everything from marketing to IT and he has more than a decade of experience in designing and programming scalable networking and analytic solutions. He is a developer of cloud-based services, mobile apps, and most recently, smart city solutions and is well-versed in running a dispersed IT technology business involving virtual teams and collaboration groups.
Social Media Manager, Volunteer
I support the petition to designate June 25 as Vitiligo World Day and save millions of people worldwide from social isolation and persecution.
What is coming?
United Nations ECOSOC session
The tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will take place from Tuesday 13 to Thursday ...13 June 2017 10:00, UN Plaza, New York
World Vitiligo Day celebration conference in Detroit, USA
U.S. World Vitiligo Day 2017 Theme: "Step Up for Vitiligo: A Call for Truth, Hope and Change!" Reflecting the mission of the “Step Up for Vitiligo” campaign that came...23 June 2017 18:00, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Can Ginkgo Biloba help with vitiligo?
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What's better: laser or phototherapy?
In a recent controlled study researchers assessed effect and safety of different laser and phototherapy treatments, such as excimer laser/light, narrowband UVB, UVA an...
Can Scenesse be used for vitiligo treatment?
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Are there any famous people with vitiligo?
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