Look Who’s Talking


GTNF 2014:

True to its popular billing as “the greatest tobacco talk show on earth,” the Global Tobacco Networking Forum (GTNF) regularly attracts a wide range of key players from both inside and outside the industry.

Government figures; public health officials; members of medical associations; manufacturers of tobacco, e-cigarettes and noncombustible tobaccos; suppliers to all aspects of the industry; journalists, including mainstream media and bloggers; financial analysts and investors; leaf companies and farmers; tobacco associations; libertarians; think tanks; consultants—anyone with a legitimate interest in our industry who is committed to respectfully presenting their viewpoint and will in turn reflect on the viewpoints of others.

GTNF 2014 will be no exception. Profiled below are some our 2014 speakers.




Mike Adamson joined British American Tobacco (BAT) in 1991, having been previously employed for eight years at Michelin Tyre Co. in Northern Ireland. He started as a controls technician for the BAT factory in Southampton, U.K., and in 1995 joined the central technical services team in Woking. Prior to his current appointment, he held a number of expatriate positions, including most recently the role of operations director at BAT Hungary. Since 2009, Adamson has been based at the BAT head office in London and has responsibility for the group technology strategy, including the technical governance of capital investments.


António Abrunhosa has been chief executive of the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) since 1999. Born in Portugal, Abrunhosa took over the family farming business in 1981. His professional experience includes working for the Portuguese ministries of health and agriculture. Abrunhosa was elected president of the Portuguese Tobacco Growers Association in 1993. Over a four-year period he occupied the office of treasurer of the European Union Tobacco Growers Association and worked as rapporteur to the European Parliament, briefing legislators on the situation of the European Union tobacco sector.


Kevin Altman is a technical consultant to the U.S. Council of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America. Altman is also the technical consultant to the Small Business Cigar Association. He consults with these associations on U.S. food and drug legislative issues and on other issues related to oversight and taxation of tobacco products. Altman is a leading expert on U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco and on the Master Settlement Agreement. Altman is also an importer of tobacco products and e-cigarettes. He has been in the tobacco business for more than 15 years, spending all of that time working with small tobacco manufacturers.


Colin Archibald is global head of agronomy for Alliance One International (AOI). He joined Standard Commercial, a predecessor company, some 20 years ago and spent time in Spain, Greece, Tanzania and Thailand. Now based in the U.K., Archibald spends much of his time traveling to the five global regions where AOI produces contracted tobaccos under integrated production systems. His total experience in the industry extends over 34 years, with previous time being spent directly growing tobacco and other crops, largely in Malawi.


James Arnold is director of external affairs at Philip Morris International R&D. Trained as a lawyer, he has worked on regulatory and corporate affairs at PMI and its affiliates since 2001. Since 2010, his work has focused exclusively on regulatory frameworks for potentially reduced-risk products. Prior to that, Arnold worked as director of corporate affairs at PMI’s Australian affiliate and in PMI’s Asia-Pacific region as director of regulatory affairs.


Vivien Azer is a director and senior research analyst at Cowen and Co., specializing in the beverage and tobacco sectors. She was named one of the “Rising Stars of Wall Street Research” in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Azer’s coverage of the tobacco sector earned her a spot on Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team. In 2014, Starmine ranked Azer No. 1 for earnings estimation in tobacco and No. 3 for earnings estimation in beverages. Prior to joining Cowen and Co. in 2014, she spent 10 years at Citi covering consumer staples.


Scott Ballin has spent 40-plus years working on issues related to tobacco and public health. He served as the American Heart Association’s vice president and legislative counsel, as a steering committee member and as chairman of the Coalition on Smoking or Health. Ballin was instrumental in advocating the regulation of tobacco products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He also worked for the Alliance for Health Economic and Agriculture Development, an organization formed to help enact the recommendations in Tobacco at a Crossroads. He continues work on tobacco harm-reduction issues and serves as an adviser to the University of Virginia on tobacco, nicotine and alternative products/harm-reduction dialogues.


Patrick Basham directs the Democracy Institute, an independent think tank with offices in London and Washington, D.C. A best-selling author, he was previously a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Prior to Cato, he led the Fraser Institute’s tobacco research. Basham wrote his doctorate at Cambridge University and taught tobacco regulation at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote a tobacco blog for the British Medical Journal and is a global consultant on corporate strategy, economic regulation, public health and brand advertising. He appears regularly on American and British radio and TV.


Clive Bates is director of Counterfactual, a public interest consulting and advocacy group. Previously, he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and director general for sustainable futures with the Welsh government. In 1997, he became the executive director of Action on Smoking and Health, pursuing a strategy to reduce harm and inequalities arising from tobacco use. In 2003, he became a senior adviser in the prime minister’s strategy unit. Bates moved to the Environment Agency in 2005. In 2009, he established the U.N. Environment Program in Sudan, focusing on improving natural resource management.


John Bellinger is the inventor of the wattage-controlled personal vaporizer and co-owner of Evolv. Evolv is a leading technology provider that designs and manufactures electronic components used in personal vaporizers. Bellinger has several personal vaporizer and e-cigarette patents pending. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.


Erik Bloomquist covers global tobacco for Berenberg Bank in London. He was ranked No. 3 in the most recent Institutional Investor All-Europe survey and No. 4 in the most recent European Extel survey. He previously led the global tobacco team at J.P. Morgan, which, during his leadership, was the only individual team to attain top ranks for tobacco in the European, U.S. and Japanese Institutional Investor surveys concurrently. Areas of special research interest include plain packaging, tobacco harm reduction, reduced-risk products and the Japanese tobacco market. Bloomquist holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.


Robert Brown is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations change the way they are perceived. He specializes in issue management and crisis communications, where he provides guidance to clients who are often misunderstood and under fire. Brown joined Ruder Finn, an international public-relations firm based in New York, in 1993 and quickly rose through the ranks of the firm’s North Carolina office. As vice president and managing director, he provided account management and strategic direction to the agency’s largest Southeast clients, including IBM and GlaxoSmithKline. Several campaigns under his guidance were recognized for their creativity and effectiveness by Inside PR magazine.


Rob Burton heads up White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes’ corporate and regulatory affairs globally. Prior to joining this e-cigarette company, Burton was group head of public health and scientific affairs for British American Tobacco. Before that, he spent more than 20 years working for AstraZeneca and SmithKline Beecham. During that time, Burton held a number of international commercial and scientific roles, including global commercial director for respiratory products and area director for Eastern European markets. Burton has also held nonexecutive roles with a number of biotech startup companies.


Jeannie Cameron is managing director of JCIC International, a London-based strategic public affairs consultancy specializing in advocating the views of business in policy development and within regulatory frameworks. Cameron is a specialist in public policy and has in-depth knowledge of the processes governments follow for national implementation of their international treaty obligations. Previously, Cameron managed international regulatory affairs for British American Tobacco (BAT) and led BAT’s delegation to negotiations of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its Illicit Trade Protocol. Cameron chairs an OECD taskforce on the illicit trade in environmentally sensitive goods and wildlife in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.


The younger brother of filmmaker James Cameron, John Cameron is the creator of Emperor Brands. The firm’s mission is to develop new technologies and products that improve public health while offering tobacco cigarette users an attractive alternative. Emperor Brands is dedicated to building a socially responsible operation that’s capable of saving millions of lives every year. Previously, Cameron was CEO of The Safecig. A former U.S. Marine, he tried his first e-cigarette aboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower while he and his brother were screening Avatar. The experience inspired him to have a larger role in this exciting new technology.


Susan Cameron became president and CEO of Reynolds American (RAI) and president of RAI Services Co. on May 1. Cameron is also a member of the RAI board of directors, which she rejoined in December 2013. Cameron previously served as the president and CEO of RAI from 2004 through 2011, and as board chairman from 2006 through 2010. Cameron joined Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. (B&W) in 1981 as a sales representative and worked in numerous international and domestic marketing roles until the 2004 merger with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. She was president and CEO of B&W from 2001 through 2004.


Gal Cohen is head of scientific and regulatory affairs for Ploom, a vaporization technology company based in San Francisco, California, USA. He has 25 years of experience in medical devices and biomedical engineering. His key industry experience includes product management and business development related to inhaled pharmaceuticals at Nektar Therapeutics and leading strategic planning for the diabetes division of Medtronic. Cohen has a Ph.D. in neuroscience/cellular and molecular physiology from Stanford University, where he was a Hughes Fellow. He graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford with an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.


Simon Clark is director of the smokers’ lobby group Forest and founder of The Free Society, which campaigns against excessive regulation in tobacco and other areas. He has worked in public relations, political and media research, publishing and event management. For the past 15 years, Clark has lobbied on behalf of smokers and tolerant nonsmokers. He appears regularly on radio and television and is frequently quoted by the media. He currently runs the Hands Off Our Packs/No Prime Minister campaign against plain packaging in the U.K. and the Plain Packs Plain Stupid campaign in Ireland.


Adrian Cooper is CEO of Oxford Economics, one of the world’s leading economic consultancies, advising international institutions, governments and blue-chip companies. Cooper is also a senior adviser to the International Tax and Investment Center, a nonprofit research and education foundation with offices around the world. Cooper spent the first seven years of his career with HM Treasury in England. During this time, he worked on the analysis of tax and other economic policy changes as part of the preparations for the U.K. budget. He was also the coordinator of the government’s macroeconomic forecast for two years.


Alex Crawford is area sales manager at Tomra Sorting Solutions (TSS). Crawford joined TSS in December 2012 after working with Garbuio Dickinson for 25 years. He started as a mechanical engineering technician in 1987 with Dickinson, where he was involved in PMD equipment building, installation and commissioning. He has held positions in project/area sales management for 17 years. His role as an area sales manager now focuses on the Americas, coupled with key account management responsibilities for BAT, ULT and AOL.


Geoff Curtin is a senior director within the Regulatory Oversight Department of RAI Services Co., based in North Carolina, USA. Curtin is responsible for scientific and regulatory advocacy and engagement, particularly in the areas of epidemiology and behavioral research, for all Reynolds American tobacco operating companies. Previously, Curtin had oversight responsibility for various R&D programs within R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., including those related to preclinical models of disease.


Phil Daman is an attorney and founding member of Daman and Associates, a law firm with attorneys in Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Daman’s practice focuses on counseling clients in various matters involving the protection and use of their intellectual property. Daman and his firm have a unique level of experience in advising startups, investors, technologists, manufacturers, distributors and purveyors of vaporizing technologies on transactional, litigation and regulatory issues in the United States and abroad. Daman also serves as the chairman and president of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade group dedicated to advocacy, awareness and education in the vapor products industry.


Jim Dillard is senior vice president, regulatory affairs, at Altria Client Services, which provides professional services and support to Altria Group and its operating companies. Dillard helps to lead, organize and coordinate the execution of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-related tobacco compliance, regulatory reporting, regulatory sciences and engagement activities for Altria’s family of companies. Most recently, Dillard served as senior vice president, manufacturing, science and technology, for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., an Altria Group
operating company. Between 1987 and 2001, Dillard worked for the FDA, where he last served as director of the division of cardiovascular and respiratory devices.


Michelle Dowle is British American Tobacco’s (BAT) international scientific affairs manager (ingredients). Since joining BAT in 1986, she has served in various functions. As global flavors manager, Dowle was responsible for setting strategy and direction. This included global alignment of casing and flavor development activities to the group product strategy and product best practices as well as ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. Currently, Dowle is responsible for engagement with stakeholders to support the development of balanced policies and evidence-based product regulation for tobacco ingredients.


Ewan Duncan heads British American Tobacco’s (BAT) Anti-Illicit Trade Intelligence Unit. He manages a team of experts who conduct investigations into the counterfeiting and smuggling of illicit tobacco goods. Based in London, this unit has global responsibilities and is a key element within BAT’s stance against those involved in this serious crime. The unit works closely with law enforcement agencies worldwide as well as with other manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods who are similarly affected by the counterfeiting and/or smuggling of their products.


Carlo Einarsson is the business development director for the Swedish packaging company BillerudKorsnäs in Asia. Stationed in Singapore, he joined BillerudKorsnäs in 2013 after 25 years with the Holmen and Iggesund group, where he served as director of global marketing communications as well as president for the Asia Pacific business. Einarsson’s experience in packaging, marketing, branding and communication strategies, together with his knowledge of sustainability matters, make him a valuable participant in this year’s GTNF.


Brian Fernandes is the operations director for CWT-ASI.  He is responsible for the company’s global warehousing and shipping operations, which include all aspects of tobacco fumigation. Fernandes has spent 29 years in the tobacco industry. CWT-ASI aims to render unparalleled service in all movements of cargo to and from sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 1997, the company now works in multiple countries. Its head office is located in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Brian Fleming joined British American Tobacco (BAT) in 1992 as a leaf graduate trainee and has since worked in leaf, product and procurement functions in various locations around the world. Currently, Fleming is the leaf business development manager for the group based in London. Fleming graduated from Edinburgh University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. More recently, he completed a master’s degree in business administration at Cranfield University. Over the past 22 years, Fleming has worked in Zimbabwe, Kenya, China, Greece, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Russia and the U.K.


Moira Gilchrist is director of scientific engagement at Philip Morris International Research and Development. Gilchrist is responsible for driving the transparent and comprehensive communication of PMI’s reduced-risk product science to stakeholders in the scientific, public health and regulatory communities. She joined PMI R&D in 2006 and has held a variety of roles focused on the development, assessment and commercialization of reduced-risk products. Gilchrist has 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, working initially in product development roles and subsequently in management consultancy with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting Services.


Joe Gitchell is president of Pinney Associates. He is responsible for client service and leads the marketing strategy team. Gitchell leads efforts supporting regulatory approvals; conducting public policy analysis; developing marketing approaches; devising, refining and defending claims (including extensive claims challenge support); and providing input on strategic market opportunities and directions. He has worked for clients in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. This work has included extensive collaboration with researchers and policy experts around the world, primarily focused on minimizing the harm from the use of nicotine by expanding access to treatments and options for cigarette smokers. He is a co-author of over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles.


Kirsty Green-Mann is Imperial Tobacco Group’s head of corporate responsibility. Based in Bristol, U.K., her remit includes definition and implementation of the company’s responsibility strategy, stakeholder engagement, partnership and community investment, CR reporting and human rights. Green-Mann joined Imperial in 1998 and has held a variety of roles relating to technical support, product development, process improvement, quality management, project management, corporate affairs and company secretariat.


Charles Hamshaw-Thomas is business development and corporate affairs director for Zandera, the supplier of E-Lites. A qualified lawyer, he has worked for Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance, Hanson Trust, Beazer Homes and Imperial Tobacco, where he looked after legal affairs, business development, corporate affairs and corporate social responsibility. Hamshaw-Thomas was also the principal of CSR Solutions, a specialist corporate social consultancy and leading experts on cigarette litter reduction. He joined Zandera earlier this year, spearheading governmental and public affairs engagement in the U.K., Europe and the U.S., and leading the firm’s international business development initiatives.


Angela Harbutt is the founder and director of the Liberal Vision blog. Throughout 2012 and 2013, she worked with Forest on that organization’s Hands Off Our Packs campaign, fighting the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in the U.K. Harbutt worked in the TV industry for 20 years, rising swiftly through various research roles to become director of research and development for the U.K.’s first TV sales house. In 1995, she was founder and CEO of Paradigm Worldwide, providing numerical analysis and strategic advice to a range of media companies. Today, she is an independent freelance consultant.


Bonnie Herzog is a managing director and senior tobacco, beverage and convenience store analyst at Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Herzog was a managing director at Citi Investment Research, where she covered the beverage and tobacco sectors in equity research. Prior to joining Citi in 2002, Herzog was the senior beverage and tobacco analyst at Credit Suisse since 1997. For nine years, Herzog was recognized by Institutional Investor magazine for the “All-America Research Team,” ranking as No. 2 in the tobacco sector.


Ian Jones is vice president for emerging products, corporate, scientific and regulatory affairs at Japan Tobacco International (JTI), based in Geneva, Switzerland. He joined JTI in 2006 from the University of Bath, U.K., where he was a lecturer in developmental neuroscience at the department of biology and biochemistry. Previously, he held postdoctoral research positions at the universities of Bath, Oxford and London, specializing in the anatomical neuropharmacology of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. He holds a Ph.D. in cell physiology, completed at Imperial College in London (1995).


Graham Kayes has served as executive vice president, business relationship management and leaf, since July 1, 2014, having previously served as regional director, Africa, from February 2011 through June 2014. Mr. Kayes joined Standard Commercial Corporation in 1988 and held various positions throughout Africa before serving as managing director of the company’s Tanzanian subsidiary from June 2007 until February 2011, when he was appointed regional director, Africa.


Mark Kehaya is chairman of the board of Alliance One International (AOI), a position he has held since December 2010. He served as interim CEO of AOI from December 2010 until February 2013. From April 1993 to March 2000, he was employed by Standard Commercial Corp., a predecessor company to AOI, serving as assistant to the president, finance director of the tobacco division, vice president for planning and CEO of Standard Commercial’s tobacco processing facility in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kehaya remains a founding partner at Meritum Partners LLC, an investment firm specializing in restructurings and turnarounds of middle-market companies.


Murray Kessler has been chairman, president and CEO of Lorillard since September 2010. Prior to joining Lorillard, Kessler served as vice chair of Altria and president and CEO of UST LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary. Kessler held this position from January 2009 through June 2009, the six months following the acquisition of UST Inc. by Altria. Prior to 2009, Kessler had served as chairman of the board of UST since January 2008 and as president and CEO since January 2007. He was president and chief operating officer from November 2005 to December 2006, and was president of USSTC from April 2000 through October 2005.


Dan King is head of leaf purchasing and agronomy at Imperial Tobacco, a position he has held since 2011. His current responsibilities are for the global procurement of all tobacco types, excluding cigar, and managing the leaf sustainability arm of the procurement function. He has held various roles in the leaf department since starting in 1997, including blending, leaf buying and regional procurement positions.


Jim Kirke is founder and director of Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains. Throughout 2014 he worked with various organizations with supply chains in the developing world, helping to develop their sustainability strategies. Previously, Kirke worked for British American Tobacco in leaf production and processing. Kirke spent 25 years in developing countries, managing different elements of the supply chain from farmer to factory. From 2008 to 2013, Kirke was responsible for developing and embedding sustainability in leaf for the BAT Group and its leaf supply chain.


Chris Koddermann is director of government affairs at Philip Morris International (PMI). Based at PMI’s operations center in Switzerland, Koddermann provides PMI regions and markets with strategic advice and support in the design and execution of regulatory and reduced-risk product campaigns. Prior to moving to Switzerland, Koddermann headed up the corporate affairs function for PMI’s Canadian affiliate, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges. Koddermann has worked as a public policy specialist and senior adviser to ministers in Canada’s federal and provincial governments. In addition, Koddermann has managed or been a senior adviser on a number of provincial and federal election campaigns.


Patricia Kovacevic is director of regulatory affairs and associate general counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Co. Kovacevic also directs the U.S. and international regulatory and compliance strategy for recently acquired e-cigarette affiliate Blu. Under her direction, Lorillard secured the first-ever U.S. Food and Drug Administration substantial equivalence orders for conventional cigarettes. Prior to joining Lorillard, Kovacevic was a partner at Patton Boggs and a senior counsel at Philip Morris International. In the past, she was a United Nations staff member, served on the U.N.’s Public-Private Partnership Commission and was also an adviser to the Council for Burley Tobacco.


Chris Kozlik has 27 years’ experience working in the print and packaging industry, the last 14 of them associated with the tobacco sector working for Lawson Mardon, Alcan and Parkside Flexibles. As development director for Parkside Flexibles, Kozlik combines the entrepreneurial culture of the business with his technical and creative skill sets to develop new and innovative ways to pack tobacco products.


Alexander Kryvosheyev was appointed vice president, corporate affairs, for Japan Tobacco International (JTI) in February. A Ukrainian national, Kryvosheyev joined R.J. Reynolds International in 1994 in Kiev as public relations specialist and transferred to JTI’s headquarters in Geneva in 2002, holding various positions in the corporate affairs and regulatory affairs departments. Kryvosheyev holds a degree from a foreign languages institute in Kiev, where he also started his career in 1987.


Michael Lavery covers the tobacco industry at CLSA. He has previously also covered beverages and household products at CLSA. Before joining CLSA, Lavery covered food manufacturers and food and drug retailers at Citigroup for four years. He also spent two years in a consulting role at Booz & Co., working with consumer companies. Lavery holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science in commerce from the University of Virginia. Prior to business school, Michael was in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Richmond, Virginia, USA, and worked as a financial analyst for Swedish Match.


Simon Lester is a trade policy analyst with Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. His research focuses on World Trade Organization disputes, regional trade agreements, disguised protectionism and the history of international trade law. Before joining Cato, he worked for a law firm in Washington, D.C., USA, and as a legal affairs officer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization. In 2001, he founded the international trade law website WorldTradeLaw.net. He has written a number of law journal articles that have appeared in such publications as the Stanford Journal of International Law.


Kgosi Letlape is the current president of the Africa Medical Association and the immediate past chairman of the board of the South African Medical Association. He is also past president of the World Medical Association (WMA), the global representative body for physicians worldwide. He is also the executive director of the Tshepang Trust, a foundation dedicated to improving the management of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Letlape made history by becoming the first black person to qualify as an ophthalmologist (University of Edinburgh) in South Africa during apartheid, and he was the first black person to be elected as WMA president.


Mike Ligon is vice president of Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., responsible for worldwide management of government and corporate affairs. He focuses on regulatory issues related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as well as trade agreements under the World Trade Organization. Ligon joined Universal in 1982. His previous positions include president of Universal’s CASA Export, president of America’s Harvest and sales director for Universal Leaf North America. Ligon serves on the tobacco industry-related boards of Eliminate Child Labor in Tobacco and the TMA.


Mark Littlewood has been director general of the influential London-based Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) since December 2009. In January 2013, under his guidance, the Institute of Economic Affairs established IEA Lifestyle Economics, with the purpose of investigating, researching and promoting public discussion about the regulation and taxation of controversial lifestyle products in the U.K. Prior to joining the IEA, Littlewood worked in political communications, public relations and public affairs. He was head of media for the Liberal Democrats from December 2004 to May 2007. In 2007, Littlewood co-founded Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank, and was its communications director until November 2009.


Johan Maris is managing director of certifications at Control Union World Group, a logistics, quality, certification and risk-management specialist with a global presence. Maris is an expert in implementing sustainable practices and regulations among farmers, foresters and processors worldwide. After graduating as an agricultural engineer, Maris began his career at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In 1999, Maris joined the Skal Foundation (the Dutch organic certification authority) as head of inspections.


Barbara Martellini joined Universal Leaf Tobacco in January 2009 as assistant vice president for corporate affairs. Since 2003, she has served on the board of the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation. She worked for 15 years as regional regulatory manager in the crop protection industry. Martellini joined Imperial Tobacco in Bristol in 2001, first as social responsibility manager and later as agricultural issues manager. She cooperated with Coresta both in ACAC, which she chaired for two years, and in the Scientific Commission. Martellini holds a degree in agricultural science from the State University of Milan in Italy.


Gerry Masoudi is co-chair of Covington & Burling’s food and drug practice.  He regularly advises U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated companies on matters related to product review, reporting, enforcement and policy.  Before joining Covington, Masoudi served as the FDA’s deputy chief counsel (2004–2005) and chief counsel (2007–2009), and as deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice (2005–2007).


Neil McKeganey is the director of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research in the U.K. He has undertaken empirical and policy studies of drug use across diverse areas, such as preteen drug use, drugs and prostitution, the impact of parental drug use on children, evaluations of the effectiveness of drug treatment services, the impact of drugs enforcement and the determinants of drugs policy. He is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed papers and has authored or co-authored eight books. His most recent book, published by Macmillan, is The A to Z of Substance Misuse (2013). He is currently writing a book on drugs policy reform for Macmillan.


Anders Milton is a qualified nephrologist with a distinguished career as an international health diplomat. He has extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the design, development and implementation of national and international policy, especially in the field of health care. For many years, Milton has been a senior adviser to the Swedish government delegation to the World Health Assembly. He served as CEO and president of the Swedish Medical Association. In addition, he was elected as the chair of council of the World Medical Association and subsequently as the president of the Swedish Red Cross.


Hilton D. Morgan is senior vice president of Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. and assists in the company’s global sales efforts. Morgan has dedicated 28 years to the tobacco industry and has served in various sales and operational roles in Europe, Africa, and the United States. In 2007, Morgan relocated from the United Kingdom to Universal’s Richmond, Virginia, headquarters in the U.S., where he focuses on sales and management initiatives.


Marina Murphy is international scientific affairs manager at British American Tobacco (BAT). She joined BAT in 2008 as scientific communications manager and became the driving force behind a communications strategy designed to reflect BAT’s transparent approach to scientific communication. The strategy is designed to provide clear communication and engender debate on the company’s ambitious tobacco harm-reduction research program, including the creation of lower-risk tobacco products. Prior to joining BAT, she was a science journalist.


Armed with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, Dieter Neuber spent the first 12 years of his career at Swedish Match in Stockholm, Sweden. His last position there was director of research and business development for the machinery division. After moving to the U.S. in 1974, he headed the U.S. part of the Swedish Match operation. In 1977 Dieter Neuber founded Rodico, an independent sales and service organization, representing state-of-the-art European packaging machinery. Rodico represented Focke & Co in the U.S. and Japan from 1978 to 2007. Since then, Neuber has been developing flexible packaging machinery solutions and innovative pack styles for the tobacco industry.


Mike Ogden is RAI Services’ senior director for regulatory oversight, based in North Carolina, USA. Ogden is responsible for scientific and regulatory advocacy and engagement for all Reynolds American tobacco operating companies. Previously, Ogden was in charge of various R&D programs for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., including those related to environmental tobacco smoke, measuring smoke uptake in smokers through the use of biomarkers, smoking behavior research, clinical studies, regulatory compliance activities, and scientific and regulatory strategy.

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David O’Reilly is British American Tobacco’s (BAT) group scientific director. He graduated from Imperial College, London, in 1991 with a Ph.D. in molecular virology. He continued to pursue this area of research when he joined Advanced Technologies Cambridge, a BAT subsidiary, where he studied the potential of genetic modification to introduce novel processing and agronomic traits into tobacco and other crops. O’Reilly has been a driving force behind BAT’s multidisciplinary R&D center in the U.K., the focus of which is a better understanding of the mechanisms of tobacco-related disease and the development of science-based products and technologies for safer alternatives to cigarettes.


Since 2012, Sudhanshu Patwardhan has advised British American Tobacco (BAT) on global regulatory insights and an acquisition strategy in the alternative nicotine products space. He recently moved to Nicoventures to define and advocate e-cigarette product quality and safety standards that can ensure consumer safety and regulatory compliance. Patwardhan also led BAT’s biological and clinical research teams in Cambridge and Southampton in their efforts to create the scientific foundations for the company’s tobacco harm-reduction program. Prior to joining BAT, Patwardhan worked as a scientist for Pfizer and Eli Lilly.


Roger Penn is director of the Switzerland-based Mane Group Tobacco business unit, which has laboratories in Brazil, China, France, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States. Before joining Mane, he worked for British American Tobacco in the U.K. and in the flavor industry for companies such as Unilever, Firmenich and IFF. With advanced degrees in medicinal chemistry and toxicology, Penn has contributed to many international scientific and technological conferences in the tobacco and flavor industries. Penn travels extensively to assist customers with product development.


David R. Peterson is the owner of Electra Vapor, a rapidly growing chain of vapor product stores in the United States. Peterson’s automobile and real estate companies collapsed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. While considering a way to turn around his fortunes, a friend presented to Peterson an e-cigarette. Sensing an opportunity, the down-on-his-luck businessman got back to work and succeeded beyond expectations. Today,
Electra Vapor has 12 retail locations and a wholesale vapor company, selling more than $600,000 worth of products per month.


Carl Phillips is a consultant and freelance researcher in epidemiology and economics, and he is the scientific director for The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association. He has worked in tobacco harm-reduction (THR) research, education and advocacy, and is one of the few who have been in the field for more than a decade, starting during his previous career as a professor of public health. His current work focuses on chronicling and analyzing the experiences of consumers who have employed THR and on population modeling of product adoption.


Christopher Proctor is British American Tobacco’s chief scientific officer. He oversees several programs of research looking at how to develop tobacco products with substantially reduced levels of toxicants and to demonstrate whether they pose less risk to health than do conventional products. He is an author of numerous scientific papers on tobacco harm reduction and has published a book that looked at the importance of the interaction between science, policy and consumers.


Nataliya Prongue is Japan Tobacco International’s (JTI) global regulatory strategy director, based in Geneva. She has 13 years of experience in the tobacco industry, including 10 years at JTI. Prongue worked in a number of corporate affairs and regulatory affairs roles at market level and in a global role at JTI’s headquarters, developing global engagement strategies and providing guidance to the markets. Throughout her career, she has been closely following the evolution of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its impact on national regulation. Her other areas of interest include global tobacco regulatory trends and good governance.


Srinath Ramakkrushnan is manager, leaf operations, at ITC’s Agribusiness Division (ILTD). He manages leaf growing and procurement operations in one of India’s largest flue-cured tobacco crop production hubs, an area spanning more than 80,000 ha and involving 40,000 small- and medium-scale growers who produce a total crop volume of over 140 million kg. He previously headed a group of engineers and agricultural graduates who worked on agricultural sustainability issues. His team works closely with small and marginal farmers on technology-based, unconventional “ag-tech” approaches for improving their profitability.


Michiel Reerink is global regulatory strategy vice president at Japan Tobacco International (JTI). He started his career in the tobacco industry in 1996 at a tobacco trade association in the Netherlands. In 2001, he joined a major tobacco company to take responsibility for corporate affairs in the Netherlands, Benelux and Germany. In 2004, he established the company’s EU affairs office in Brussels and subsequently led its EU engagement. In 2010, Reerink joined JTI at the Geneva headquarters to head the global regulatory strategy department, which leads JTI’s strategy and responses to emerging global priority issues, including plain packaging.


Paul Richmond has worked for over 25 years in communications, issues management and regulatory affairs. He spent nearly 10 years in British American Tobacco’s corporate and regulatory affairs department, including two years at its U.S. subsidiary Brown & Williamson, where he helped design and implement a new corporate responsibility initiative built around a program of proactive engagement with the industry’s critics. Richmond left the tobacco industry in 2002 and worked as a consultant specializing in helping companies confront and navigate situations where they found themselves under unexpected and hostile scrutiny. In 2005, he joined NTL, a troubled cable TV company, and helped transform it into a leading entertainment and communications company.


Jed E. Rose is director of the Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research, and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. In 1979, he began work in the area of tobacco addiction research as an NIMH postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles. A main focus of his research program has been the elucidation of the role of sensorimotor cues and the CNS effects of nicotine in reinforcing cigarette smoking behavior. He is co-inventor of the nicotine skin patch and other treatments for smoking cessation.


Christopher Russell is a research fellow at the Centre for Drug Misuse Research, U.K. He is conducting research on the design, delivery and evaluation of health behavior change interventions.His research expertise is the measurement and modeling of the psychosocial, affective, policy and product factors associated with changes in smoking behavior and consumer perceptions of product attractiveness, performance, labeling and marketing. Russell’s research aims to inform more effective harm-reduction treatment of nicotine dependence and improve public health education around the use of tobacco- and nicotine-containing products.


Fredy Santos is the leaf sustainability manager for the Americas at Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG). He looks after the company’s program for social responsibility in tobacco production and all the topics related to agronomy and the environment in cigar tobacco production. He also coordinates leaf partnership projects with ITG tobacco suppliers in the Americas. Prior to joining Imperial Tobacco, Santos worked in the Flor de Copan cigar factory in Honduras, where he was in charge of the tobacco purchases in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. At that time, he also was in charge of the factory’s agronomy, fermentation, sorting and processing departments.


Tony Scanlan is CEO of the Gamucci Corp. He previously spent 18 years with Rothmans International in a number of senior roles, building businesses around the world, and he ended his career there as strategic new brands director. After leaving the tobacco world, Scanlan went on to advise a number of retail-led businesses before founding e-commerce specialist Yq, an innovator in the electronic transaction business, which he built and sold to investors within five years. He joined Gamucci 18 months ago, having recognized the opportunity presented by e-cigarettes and that Gamucci had the necessary intellectual property, supply chain capability and ambition to become a major player.


Uwe Schey is a director on the board of Xavo AG, an information-technology firm. For the tobacco industry, he has worked on a variety of manufacturing IT solutions, including manufacturing execution systems, track-and-trace and product authentication solutions. Prior to joining Xavo, Schhey worked for British American Tobacco.


Christian Schulze has worked for Beckhoff Automation since 2000. He started as a key account manager for tobacco customers. Since 2003 he is the food,  beverage and tobacco market manager. Now he is responsible for the multicorporate enterprise companies as sales vertical market manager. He has more than 29 years of professional experience in the automation of technical processes in different companies.


For nearly 20 years, Lea Scott has worked with Universal Leaf Tobacco’s worldwide agronomists and field technicians to improve sustainable tobacco production in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Currently vice president of agronomy services, Scott coordinates Universal’s global agronomy and agronomic R&D programs, and represents Universal on agro-science industry matters. Scott has been an active member of Coresta, serving several terms on the scientific commission, including terms as the secretary and president, respectively, of the agronomy study group. He also coordinated the task force on good agricultural practices. Currently Scott is the vice chairman of the Agro-Chemical Advisory Committee and a member of Coresta’s sustainability task force.


J. Pieter Sikkel is president and CEO of Alliance One International (AOI). Previously, he served as president (December 2010 through February 2013), executive vice president for business strategy and relationship management (April 2007 through December 2010) and regional director of Asia (May 2005 through April 2007). Sikkel joined Standard Commercial Corp., a predecessor company of AOI, in 1983 and held positions in South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand before becoming country manager for China (1991–1999).


Leszek Sikora has been managing director of ITM Poland since March. Prior to that, he was director of the company’s secondary department, in charge of rod handling and filter technology. He also served as a department manager and project manager of development projects. Sikora joined ITM Poland in 1993. He started in the tobacco business in 1991, working on cross-company projects in the primary and secondary departments of the Tobacco Factory Radom. Sikora holds advanced degrees in business administration and mechanical engineering for the University of Illinois at Champaign and the Graduate Engineering School in Radom.


Jim Solyst is director of federal government affairs with Swedish Match North America. He directs the company’s modified-risk tobacco products process and engages the tobacco control, public health and scientific communities. During his time in Washington, Solyst has worked with U.S. agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Management and Budget. He has also worked with the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Solyst is a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Tobacco Committee and the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement.


Dudley Stephens is vice president of planning and business development at Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Prior to his current position, he was vice president and director of processing operations for Universal Leaf North America and vice president of the international operations group for Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. Stephens has more than 30 years of experience in the tobacco business. He is also vice president of Amerinic, Universal’s joint venture company with Avoca, which manufactures USP nicotine for the vapor and e-cigarette industries in the United States.


Mike Stevens joined British American Tobacco (BAT) in 1986, training in the U.K. and Zimbabwe. He then became leaf director for Nigeria and Kenya and, subsequently, for the whole of East Africa. Stevens was general manager in Uganda for three years before moving to BAT’s London headquarters to become leaf business and strategy manager. He subsequently moved to Brazil and became Souza Cruz’s leaf director before returning to London in 2007 as group head of leaf.


Simon Steyne is head of social dialogue and partnerships in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour/Fundamental Rights at Work branch, responsible for IPEC’s work with the social partners and enterprises. He also advises the ECLT Foundation Board. Before joining IPEC in 2008, Steyne worked for the British Trades Union Congress, was an ILO Governing Body member and helped establish the Ethical Trading Initiative.


Jeff Stier is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., USA, and heads its risk analysis division. Stier is a frequent guest on CNBC and has addressed health policy on CNN, the Fox News Channel and MSNBC as well as network newscasts. He appears in more than 100 radio shows a year—on NPR and other nationally syndicated radio shows—as well as major shows in cities such as Boston, Philadelphia and Dallas, plus regional broadcasts. Stier’s op-eds have been published in outlets including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post and Newsday. Stier has also testified at the federal, state and local levels about e-cigarette regulation.


James Swauger is vice president, regulatory oversight, at RAI Services Co. He is accountable for the development, training and leadership of a scientific and regulatory function focused on strategically enhancing the ability of RAI and RAI operating companies to effectively operate and grow in the tobacco and pharmaceutical sectors while ensuring full compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other federal, state and local regulatory requirements. He has held several positions at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco over a period of 20 years, managing scientific affairs, regulatory affairs and regulatory compliance functions. Swauger is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Society of Risk Analysis.


As the owner of TNV Ventures, Ron Tully offers strategic guidance to businesses on brand development, product portfolio, competitive opportunities, commercial transactions and product regulatory impacts at the international, national and state levels. Until earlier this year, Tully was vice president of new projects and initiatives at National Tobacco Co. in the U.S. Prior to Joining National Tobacco Co., Tully was vice president of public affairs at Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., and before that he was general manager of the International Tobacco Documentation Centre in London. Tully has been in the tobacco industry for 26 years.


Geir Ulle is director of international trade at Japan Tobacco International (JTI), based in Geneva. Ulle is responsible for analysis and engagement on international trade issues, with a focus on the World Trade Organization, free-trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties. Prior to joining JTI, he was a senior officer at the trade relations division of the European Free Trade Association in Geneva. In this position, he coordinated the negotiations and implementation of FTAs and advised member states on substantial trade disciplines. From 2002–2005, Ulle was coordination analyst at the resident coordinator’s office of the United Nations in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Sonia Velazquez is the executive director of the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing (ECLT) Foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her career includes over 15 years in Latin American countries managing international children’s development projects while working with Save the Children and Plan International. At the ECLT Foundation since 2012, Velazquez works closely with 13 tobacco manufacturers and leaf suppliers, and she cooperates with the International Tobacco Growers Association. Under the advice of the International Labour Organization and Save the Children Switzerland, she leads the ECLT Foundation and its programs in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia, Kyrgyzstan and Guatemala. She also leads the foundation’s Geneva-based activities.


Jan Andries Verleur is the driving force behind VMR. He sets the company’s pace with his motivation and relentless drive to succeed. In day-to-day operations, Andries oversees the executive team of VMR Products and is instrumental in the design and manufacture of the company’s diverse product lines. He is actively involved in VMR’s operations both domestically and internationally. In 2012-2013, Verleur served as president of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) of which VMR Products is a founding member. Verleur is currently serving as the organization’s treasurer.


John Voak started his career in the tobacco industry with Molins Ltd. London, joining as a technical apprentice in 1969. After periods in the design drawing office and technical sales, Voak joined Dickinson Engineering in 1982 as area sales manager for Africa, the Middle East, Southern Europe and the U.K. In 1998 after the acquisition of GBE Legg, John was invited to join the board of directors of the newly formed Dickinson Legg Ltd. as regional sales director and subsequently as sales director. John is currently sales director for Garbuio Dickinson, based in its U.K. division, and is responsible for tobacco machinery sales and marketing.


Nico Vroom is managing director and head of the research and development department at Eco2. Vroom is an expert in the development, research and implementation of various kinds of treatments in post-harvest pest control. He has an extensive knowledge of entomology, particularly of those species found in post-harvest products and storage facilities. In the past decade, Vroom has specialized in pest control during the post-harvest storage of tobacco and has become familiar with the current issues of resistance and residues.


Wan Saiful Wan Jan is CEO of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, which was ranked as Asia’s best new think tank and the world’s fifth-best new think tank by the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He is a member of the Advisory Board at Laureate International Malaysia; a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics, History and International Relations; and a governor at Rafflesia Education Group. From 1993 to 2009, Wan served several U.K. organizations, including the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party’s Research Department and Social Enterprise London.


Neil L. Wilcox is senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Lorillard Tobacco Co. He has been charged with developing a corporatewide program that ensures regulatory compliance for all Lorillard products. Following his first career as a practicing veterinarian in small-animal medicine, Wilcox served at the FDA, where he spent a total of 13 years as a science and regulatory expert. After leaving the FDA, Wilcox worked as director global regulatory affairs at The Gillette Co. and as vice president global regulatory and scientific affairs at the Kimberly-Clark Corp.


Rupert Wilson is the owner and managing director of Strategic Business Consulting in the U.K. Prior to founding the company in 2000, he worked for 17 years at Rothmans International in a variety of senior management positions in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and at Rothmans’ global head office, specializing in business development, project management and corporate strategic planning. Wilson is now a retained consultant to many major financial institutions in Asia, the U.K., the U.S. and South Africa, advising on their global tobacco investments. In South Africa, he has also been for many years one of the top-ranked tobacco and luxury goods analysts, according to the annual Financial Mail rankings.


Jörg Wittek is executive vice president, engineering, at Hauni Maschinenbau in Germany. He oversees all key decisions related to product consulting, project management, business development, layout and documentation of Hauni’s secondary equipment. Wittek started his career at Hauni in 1991 as a project engineer. He managed various customer projects for cigarette and filter making equipment in Germany and other countries for Hauni subsidiary Universelle. In 2005, Wittek became Hauni’s program manager, responsible for the development of the Protos-M8.


Will Woodlee is an associate at Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker. He joined the law firm in February 2010. His practice focuses primarily on counseling and advocating on behalf of food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, medical device, dietary supplement and tobacco companies on matters involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration law, USDA law, and related federal and state laws. Prior to joining the firm, Woodlee clerked for two administrative law judges at the U.S. Department of Labor. Woodlee earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as an executive editor for the Wake Forest Law Review.


Mitch Zeller has been the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products since March 2013. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the American University Washington College of Law, he has been working on FDA issues for more than 30 years. Zeller served as associate commissioner and director of the FDA’s first Office of Tobacco Programs. Instrumental in crafting the agency’s 1996 tobacco regulations, Zeller represented the FDA before Congress, federal and state agencies. Zeller also served as an official U.S. delegate to the World Health Organization’s Working Group for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In 2000, Zeller temporarily left the FDA to continue his work for tobacco control as executive vice president of the American Legacy Foundation.