NCD Youth Champion Krystal Boyea has spent the last 5+ years educating, motivating and inspiring audiences with featured presence on panels and stages around the world. As a young adult living with type 1 diabetes, Krystal has become a globally recognized Patient Advocate and Spokesperson for Diabetes and Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases. After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 20 years ago, Krystal spent years battling the stigmas of living with a Chronic Illness in the Caribbean and the physiological struggle of finding herself. Read more on the Krystal Boyea website www.krystalboyea.com
As an NCD Youth Champion Krystal has shared her expertise on Diabetes and Non-Communicable Diseases, Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, Women’s Health, Empowerment, Advocacy, Myths and Misconceptions and the latest facts and figures on platforms all over the world. On stage, whether it is behind a podium, on a panel or just with a mic in hand, Krystal comes to life, captivating her audiences with her energetic, engaging and fun personality. She has spoken to audiences from stages at the United Nations General Assembly side events, International Alliance for Patient Organizations Congress, Medtronic Global Heroes 10th Anniversary weekend, TEDx, the World Diabetes Congress, University of the West Indies Success Women’s Showcase, the Global NCD Alliance Forum, Commencement Ceremonies and more.
Krystal is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of the West Indies where she earned her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Public Health respectively. In addition to being a speaker, Krystal was the Regional Coordinator for the International Diabetes Federation for the North America and Caribbean Region and the Vice President of the Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme of the International Diabetes Federation. Krystal is also a Healthcare Entrepreneur and is currently a Director and co-founder of Diabetes Services and Solutions Inc in her hometown of Barbados, a clinic catering to the needs to persons living with diabetes. Krystal also works with and represents the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. In addition she is the first patient to sit on the Barbados Diabetes Research and Education Task Force in the Ministry of Health. Krystal is an avid Patient Empowerment and Management Activist, working daily with patients, healthcare systems and policy makers to ensure a better future for those living with Chronic Diseases.
Krystal is a 2014 Bakken Invitation Honoree presented to her by Medtronic Philanthropy, a 2013 Political Leaders Awardee issued by the Barbados Labour Party, an Arnott Cato Public Health Award Recipient and in 2013 she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Sanofi Diabetes to raise awareness.
HCC has also nominated Krystal as SDG Young leader, a United Nations initiative to recognize young leadership and contribution to a more sustainable world.