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GTNF ANTWERP 2012: LOOK WHO
IS TALKING AND WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT

The Global Tobacco Networking Forums are and always have been quite simply the greatest interactive tobacco talk-shows on earth. GTNF Antwerp 2012 will continue that tradition.
What helps make these forums so exceptional is the array of industry insiders, thought-leaders, consultants and experts we bring together to talk about a wide range of topics that are most exercising the industry today.
THE SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

Brian Ace, tobacco industry consultant (more)
Mike Adamson, group head of manufacturing technology, British American Tobacco (BAT)(more)
Kevin Altman, technical consultant to the Council of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America (CITMA) (more)
Scott Ballin, tobacco and public health expert (more)
Patrick Basham, director, the Democracy Institute (more)
Erik Bloomquist, senior analyst, consumer staples, Berenberg Bank (more)
Matteo Borsani,senior adviser, lobbyist, Confindustria trade delegation to the European Parliament(more)
Keith Brewer, president and chief operating officer, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc., and executive vice president and chief operating officer, Universal Corporation (more)
Theodore Broome, executive vice president, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc. (more)
Rob Burton, group head, international public health and scientific affairs, British American Tobacco (BAT) (more)
Jeannie Cameron, owner, JCIC International (more)
Jaine Chisholm Caunt, secretary general, Tobacco Manufacturers' Association in the UK (more)
Mr. Torsak Chotimongkol, managing director, Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (more)
Simon Clark, director of the smokers' lobby group Forest and founder of The Free Society (more)

Jon Copestake, chief consumer goods analyst, Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist Magazine (more)

Jose Maria Costa, international regional director, Europe, Alliance One International (more)
Professor Francis Crawley, executive director, Good Clinical Practice Alliance (Europe), and WHO ethics expert (more)
Doug DaCosta, safety, security, integrity consultant (more)

Jamie Dettmer, journalist and editorial consultant (more)

Massimiliano Di Domenico, head of regulatory and parliamentary engagement, British American Tobacco (more)
Michelle Dowle, international scientific affairs manager, (ingredients), British American Tobacco (more)

Kevin Dunning, global forecasting analyst, Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist Magazine (more)
Carlo Einarsson, market communications director, Iggesund Paperboard AB (more)
Jonathan Fell, director of beverages and tobacco analyst research CIB-Markets for Deutsche Bank (more)
Gary Foote, corporate social responsibility manager, Alliance One International (more)

Joseph Fuisz, inventor and entrepreneur (more)
Susan Gernert, assistant general counsel, National Tobacco Company (more)
Pierre-Marie Guitton, secretary general, CORESTA (more)
Angela Harbutt, director, Liberal Vision (more)
Frank Hartig, vice president, global engineering, Japan Tobacco International (more)
George Hendrata, CEO, BMJ (more)
Bonnie Herzog, managing director, beverage, tobacco & consumer research, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (more)
Patrik Hildingsson, chairman of the European Smokeless Tobacco Council (more)
Colin Hose, global business relationship manager, Alliance One International (more)
Delon Human, president and ceo, Health Diplomats, Switzerland (more)
Mick Hume, editor-at-large, Spiked Magazine (online) (more)
Kohei Ichimaru, global engineering projects and capex director, Japan Tobacco International (more)

Armani Kessi, JTI (more)
Rob Kilner, regional director Africa, Premium Tobacco Group (more)

Jim Kirke,  leaf sustainability manager, BAT (more)
Rob Koreneef, senior manager, public policy international, Imperial Tobacco Group (more)
Laszlo Labody, head of tobacco taxation, Western Europe, British American Tobacco (more)
Thierry Lebeaux, vice president and head of European affairs office, Japan International Tobacco (more)
Mark Littlewood, director general, Institute of Economic Affairs (more)
Chuan Liu, scientific engagement manager, British American Tobacco (more)

Mike Ligon, vice-president, government and corporate affairs, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc. (more)

Rene Luyten, co-founder/owner b-Cat BV (more)
Kirsty Mann, senior CR engagement manager, Imperial Tobacco Group (more)

Johan Maris, managing director, Control Union Certifications (CUC) (more)

Barbara Martellini, assistant vice president, corporate affairs, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.(more)

Chris Macgregor, stakeholder engagement expert (more)
Tamsin Maclean, international management consultant (more)
Anders Milton, nephrologist and international health diplomat (more)
DVR Rajiv Mohan, vice president, exports and supply chain, agribusiness division (ILTD), ITC Ltd. (more)
Glyn Morgan, managing director, Premium Tobacco Asia Ltd (more)
Fran Morrisson, media and corporate communications expert (more)
Maryna Muller,
infestation management consultant (more)
Dr. Marina Murphy, international scientific affairs manager, British American Tobacco (more)
Des Naughton, director of operations, British American Tobacco (more)
David O’Reilly, group scientific director, British American Tobacco (more)
Mike Ogden, senior director, regulatory oversight, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., USA (more)
Stephen Payne, government relations director, anti-Illicit trade global strategy, Japan Tobacco International (more)
Dr. Roger N. Penn, director of tobacco business unit, Mane (more)
Jane Perry, product integrity manager, British American Tobacco (more)
Ram Poddar, chairman, Tobacco Institute of India and chief mentor, Modi Group of Companies (more)
Philippe Ragot, global product manager LIP, SWM (more)

Sanjiv Rangrass, chief executive, agribusiness division (ILTD), ITC Ltd. (more)
G. Kamalavardhana Rao, chairman, Tobacco Board of India (more)
Michiel Reerink, VP, global regulatory strategy, Japan International Tobacco (JTI)(more)
Charlie Rossignol, leaf partnership manager, Imperial Tobacco Group (more)
Jurgen Ruhlmann, medical director, Medizin Center, Bonn, and developer Snoke e-cigarette (more)

Juan Sanchez, head of advanced technologies Cambridge, ATC Biotech (more)
Christian Schulze, international senior business development manager, Beckhoff Automation GmbH (more)
Neil Sherwood, team leader, smoking and health group, scientific and regulatory affairs department, JTI (more)
Oded Shoseyov, faculty member, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (more)

Paul Simmons, technical director, CME Ltd (more)
Staffan Sjöberg, environmental spokesperson, Iggesund Paperboard AB (more)
Chris Snowdon, author and historian (more)
Jim Solyst, principal consultant, ENVIRON International Corporation (more)
Mike Stevens, group head of leaf, British American Tobacco (more)
Jeff Stier, policy analyst, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C. (more)
Juergen Tiemann,director, leaf and product development, Imperial Tobacco Group (more)
Ian Tindall, technical director, Cerulean (more)

Avi Tzur, ceo, Recon Inc. (more)

Fred Vandermarliere, director, Gryson NV (RYO), and J. Cortès Cigars (more)

Steven van Geel, sales manager, tobacco, Best Sorting (more)
Sonia Velazquez, executive director, ECLT Foundation (Ending Child Labour in Tobacco)(more)
Stefan von der Heiden, head of regulation, Germany, British American Tobacco (more)
Nico Vroom, managing director, EcO2 (more)

Inger Wahlberg, tobacco and public health consultant (more)
Jörg Wittek, executive vice-president engineering, Hauni Maschinenbau AG (more)
Dr. Martin Zelder, senior lecturer, Northwestern University, USA(more)

More to be announced.
THE AGENDA
Here is an outline agenda for the forum sessions:
WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE

13:30 – 18:00 – Registration – in the lobby of the Hyllit Hotel

19:30 – Buses leave for Welcome Reception and Dinner
DAY ONE – THURSDAY 14 JUNE (morning)
07:30, 07:45, 08:00, 08:15 – Buses depart for Ship

08:30 – 09:00 – Board ship, coffee and networking

09:00 – 09:20 – Welcome on board

9:20 – 09:35 Patrick Basham, director, The Democracy Institute, sets the morning agenda and introduces first speaker

09:35 – 10:00 – 1st Speaker : Frederik van der Marliere, Director of Gryson (RYO)

10:05 – 10:35 – 2nd Speaker: (two-hander) – Jon Copestake, chief consumer goods analyst, EIU, and Kevin Dunning, global forecasting analyst, EIU (Economist Magazine)

10:35 – 10:55 – Coffee break

11.00 – 11:25 – 3rd Speaker: Susan Gernert, director, legal services, National Tobacco

11:30 – 11:55 – 4th SpeakerDr. Martin Zelder, senior lecturer, economics, Northwestern University, USA.

12:00 – 12:15 – Patrick Basham reviews morning and sets afternoon agenda

12:15 – 13:30 – Lunch

DAY ONE – THURSDAY 14 JUNE (afternoon)

13:40 - 14:50:     Sessions 1 – 5:

Session 1: Leaf Panel

MC: Colin Hose, global business relationship manager, Alliance One International
Moderator: Rajiv Mohan, vp, exports and supply chain, ITC
Panel: Mike Stevens, group head of leaf, BAT; Juergen Tiemann, director, leaf and product development, Imperial Tobacco; Ted Broome, senior vp and sales director, Universal Corporation, Jose-Maria Costa, international regional director, Europe, AOI.

Session 2: A View From the Investment Community


MC: Dayton Matlick
Moderator: Erik Bloomquist, senior analyst, consumer staples, Berenberg Bank
Panel: Bonnie Herzog, managing director, beverage, tobacco and consumer research, Wells Fargo Securities LLC; Jonathan Fell, director of beverages and tobacco analyst research, CIB-Markets Deutsche Bank

Session 3: FDA Regulation

MC: Fran Morrison
Moderator: Kevin Altman, technical consultant, CITMA
Panel: Mike Ogden, senior director, regulatory oversight, R J Reynolds; Susan Gernert, Mike Ligon, vice president, Universal Leaf

Session 4: Machinery: Future Requirements

MC: Brian Ace
Moderator: Frank Hartig, vp, global engineering, JTI
Panel: Mike Adamson, group head manufacturing technology, BAT; Kohei Ichimaru, global engineering projects & capex director, JTI; Christian Schulze, international senior business development manager, food, beverage and tobacco industry, Beckhoff Automation GMBH; Steven van Geel, sales manager tobacco, BEST Sorting; Jörg Wittek, executive vp, engineering, Hauni;Paul Simmons, technical director, CME Ltd

Session 5: Other Nicotine Containing Products

MC: Taco Tuinstra
Moderator: Jeff Stier, senior fellow, National Center of Public Policy Research

Panel: Prof. Dr.med. Jurgen Ruhlmann, medical director, Medizin Center, Bonn, and Developer of Snoke, Chris Snowdon, David O’Reilly, Scott Ballin; Joseph Fuisz, Global Vapor.               

15:00 - 16:10:     Sessions 6 - 10

Session 6: Eliminating Child Labour

MC: Colin Hose, global business relationship manager, Alliance One International
Moderator: Kirsty Mann, senior CR engagement manager, Imperial Tobacco
Panel: Kamalavardhana Rao, chairman, Tobacco Board of India, Glyn Morgan, md, Premium Tobacco Asia; Barbara Martellini, assistant vp, corporate affairs, Universal Leaf; Sonia Velazquez, executive director, ECLT Foundation (Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco); Jim Kirke, leaf sustainability manager, BAT

Session 7: Economics of Tobacco

MC: Dayton Matlick
Moderator: Patrick Basham
Panel: Mark Littlewood, director general, Institute of Economic Affairs;  Martin Zelder, senior lecturer, economics, Northwestern University, USA. Roger Quarles, Burley Tobacco Coop Association

Session 8: Illicit Trade

MC: Fran Morrison
Moderator: Jeannie Cameron, owner, JCIC International
Speakers: Doug DaCosta, safety, security, integrity consultant; Stephen Payne, government relations director, anti-illicit trade global strategy, JTI. 

Session 9: LIP Paper

MC: Brian Ace
Moderator: Pierre-Marie Guitton, secretary-general, CORESTA
Panel: Jeff Stier, Phillipe Ragot, global product manager, LIP, SWM; Chuan Liu, scientific engagement manager, BAT; Ian Tindall, technical director, Cerulean

Session 10: Snus

MC: Taco Tuinstra
Moderator: Marina Murphy, scientific communications manager, BAT
Panel: Chris Snowdon, author and historian; Patrik Hildingsson, chairman, European Smokeless Tobacco Council; Jim Solyst, ENVIRON International Corporation; Inger Wahlberg, tobacco and public health specialist.

16:10 – 16:30 – Coffee Break

16:40 – 17:50:     Sessions 11 - 15

Session 11: Sustainability

MC: Colin Hose, global business relationship manager, Alliance One International
Moderator: Carlo Einarsson, market communications director, Iggesund Paperboard AB
Panel: Sanjiv Rangrass, ceo, Agribusiness, ITC; Staffan Sjoberg, environmental spokesperson, Iggesund Paperboard; Keith Brewer, Jim Kirke, leaf sustainability manager, BAT; Johan Maris, managing director, certifications, Control Union World Group. Charlie Rossignol, leaf partnership manager, Imperial Tobacco

Session 12: Tobacco Tax Futures

MC: Dayton Matlick
Moderator: Jeannie Cameron

Panel: Laszlo Labody, head of tobacco taxation, W. Europe BAT; Mark Littlewood, director general, Institute of Economic Affairs

Session 13: Plain Packaging

MC: Fran Morrison
Moderator: Patrick Basham
Panel: Jaine Chisholm-Caunt, secretary-general, Tobacco Manufacturers Association; Michiel Reerink, vp, global regulatory strategy, JTI; Jeff Stier, Angela Harbutt, director, Liberal Vision

Session 14: A History of the Tobacco Control Movement, Pt 1

MC: Brian Ace
Presentation: Chris Snowdon

Session 15: Alternative Uses of Tobacco

MC: Taco Tuinstra
Moderator: Avi Tzur, CEO Recon Inc.

Panelists: Oded Shoseyov, faculty member, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Juan Sanchez ATC Biotech
DAY ONE – THURSDAY 14 JUNE (Evening)

18:00 – 19:45 – Special Reception sponsored by CWT-ASI Aquarius Shipping International

20:00 Gala Dinner and Golden Leaf Awards sponsored by BMJ. Speaker: Des Naughton, director, operations, British American Tobacco and George Hendrata, ceo BMJ

23:45 – Disembark Antwerp

DAY TWO – FRIDAY 15 JUNE (morning)

07:30, 07:45, 08:00, 08:15 – Buses depart for Ship

08:30 – 09:00 – Board ship, coffee and networking

09:00 – 09:15 – Welcome on board

09:15 – 09:25 – Patrick Basham, director, The Democracy Institute, sets the morning agenda and introduces first speaker

09:25 – 09:50 – 1st Speaker: Scott Ballin, consultant, tobacco and health policy

09:55 – 10:20 – 2nd Speaker: Anders Milton, nephrologist and international health diplomat

10:25 – 10:35 – Patrick Basham wraps up the plenary session and sets the afternoon agenda

10:35 – 10:55 – Coffee Break

10:55 - 12:05:     Sessions 16 – 20

Session 16: Ingredients Ban

MC: Gary Foote, CSR Program Manager, AOI
Moderator: Rob Burton, group head public health and scientific affairs, BAT
Panel: Michelle Dowle, international scientific affairs manager, BAT; Roger Penn, director of tobacco business unit, Mane; Mike Ogden, Neil Sherwood, team leader, smoking and health group, scientific and regulatory affairs dept, JTI.

Session 17: Stakeholder Engagement

MC: Dayton Matlick         
Moderator: Massimiliano Di Domenico, head of regulatory and parliamentary engagement, BAT

Panel: Kevin Altman, Roger Quarles, Burley/International Tobacco Growers Association; Chris Macgregor, stakeholder engagement expert; Matteo Borsani, senior advisor/lobbyist, delegation of Confindustria, EU.

Session 18: Transparency and Inclusion

MC: Fran Morrison
Moderator: Patrick Basham

Panel: Michiel Reerink, Chris Snowdon, Mark Littlewood, Jeannie Cameron

Session 19: Management and Leadership

MC: Brian Ace
Workshop: Tamsin McLean, international management consultant

Session 20: Harm and Risk Reduction

MC: Taco Tuinstra
Moderator: David O’Reilly, group scientific director, group research and development, BAT
Panel: Scott Ballin; Delon Human, president and CEO, Health Diplomats, Switzerland; Jeff Stier

DAY TWO – FRIDAY 15 JUNE (afternoon)

12:15 - 13:25:     Sessions 21 – 25

Session 21: Infestation Management

MC: Gary Foote, CSR Program Manager, AOI
Moderator: Pierre Marie Guitton
Panel: Nico Vroom, md, Ec02; Jane Perry, product integrity manager, BAT; Rene Luyten,
co-founder/owner, b-Cat BV

Session 22: View From the Media Industry

MC: Dayton Matlick
Moderator: Patrick Basham
Panel: Simon Clark, director, Forest and founder, The Free Society; Angela Harbutt, Jamie Dettmer, columnist, journalist, editorial consultant; Mick Hume, editor-at-large, Spiked Magazine (online)

Session 23: The FCTC Experience

MC: Fran Morrison
Moderator: Jeannie Cameron
Panel: Rob Koreneef, senior manager, public policy international, Imperial Tobacco Group; Stefan von der Heiden, head of regulation, Germany, British American Tobacco

Session 24: A History of the Tobacco Control Movement, Pt. 2

MC: Brian Ace
Presentation: Chris Snowdon

Session 25: Tobacco Control and Policy: The Public Health View

MC: Taco Tuinstra
Moderator: Delon Human
Panel: Professor Francis Crawley, executive director, Good Clinical Practice Alliance (GCPA), Europe, and WHO ethics expert; Scott Ballin, Anders Milton, nephrologist and international health diplomat

13:30 – 15:00 – Lunch

15:10 – 16:00: Industry Outlook Panel

Moderator: Dayton Matlick

Panel:  Ram Poddar, chairman, Tobacco Institute of India and chief mentor, Modi Group of Companies; Thierry Lebeaux (EU) vp and head of european affairs office, JTI; Kevin Altman, technical consultant, CITMA (USA) Torsak Chotimongkol, managing director, TTM (ASEAN); Rob Kilner, regional director Africa, Premium Tobacco Group

16:00 – 16:05: Patrick Basham introduces first speaker

16:05 – 16:35 – 1st Speaker: Delon Human

16:35 – 17:05 – 2nd Speaker: David O’Reilly

17:05 – 17:15 Closing comments and close of event

 

THE TOPICS
All the subjects that are uppermost in the collective minds of the industry:

A view from the investment community
Eliminating child labour
Why do people smoke?
FCTC
E-cigarettes
Economics of Tobacco
Stakeholder engagement
Snus
Sustainability
Harm and risk reduction
Ingredients
The media’s view
Management and leadership
Machinery
LIP paper and production
Illicit trade
Taxing
Government transparency and freedom of information
Infestation management
FDA regulations
Leaf
Other tobacco products
Plain packaging
Alternative uses for tobacco
Tobacco control and policy: the public health view

But what really makes the GTNFs special is that they are not one-way traffic. The essence of the forum and workshop sessions is interaction, conversation, debate, consensus—a sharing of knowledge, expertise and wisdom.