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LOOK WHO IS TALKING

The 2012 Global Tobacco Networking Forum is quite simply the greatest interactive tobacco talk-show on earth.
What helps make it so is the array of industry insiders, thought-leaders, consultants and experts we’re gathering together to talk about a wide range of topics that are most exercising the industry today.
Read more about our impressive speakers, workshop leaders, moderators and panelists:
  • Brian Ace, has worked as a supplier to the tobacco industry for almost 50 years. He spent 39 years at Filtrona International, the cigarette filter specialists with manufacturing operations in 12 countries worldwide. Ace was chairman and CEO of Filtrona for 10 years.  As part of that role, he also headed FIAL (now Cerulean).  In addition, he was a director of Payne, the leading tear tape manufacturer.

    On retirement from Filtrona, Ace was invited to work for an Italian papermill making cigarette papers and plugwrap. He was chairman for 10 years, during which time he was based in Italy.  Ace now works as a consultant for the industry.

  • Mike Adamson is group head of manufacturing technology for British American Tobacco (BAT).  He joined BAT in 1991 after eight years with the Michelin Tyre Company in Northern Ireland.  His first role at BAT was as a controls technician for the BAT factory in Southampton, from where he joined the central Technical Services team in Woking, Surrey. 

    Adamson has held several expatriate positions, most recently as operations director in BAT Hungary.  Since 2009, he has been based at BAT’s head office in London, with responsibility for the group’s technology strategy, including the technical governance of capital investments.

  • Kevin Altman is a technical consultant to the Council of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America (CITMA), a trade association that represents small tobacco manufacturers on legislative issues at the federal and state level. Altman is considered one of the leading U.S. experts on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of tobacco and on the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreements. Prior to working with CITMA, he was an importer of tobacco products into the USA. Altman has worked on tobacco issues for 10 years.
  • Scott Ballin has spent more than 25 years involved in issues relating to tobacco and public health. He has worked on tobacco labelling reforms, FDA regulation, excise tax increases, clean indoor air laws and tobacco agriculture reforms, among other topics. For more than 10 years, Ballin served as the American Heart Association’s  vice president and legislative counsel, as a steering committee member and as two-time chairman of the Coalition on Smoking or Health.

    Ballin has provided advice and consulting services to the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Star Scientific. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Alliance for Health Economic and Agriculture Development (AHEAD), an informal organization formed to bring together parties to work for the enactment of recommendations contained in the presidential report Tobacco at a Crossroads.

    Ballin is a strong advocate for bringing parties together in neutral forums to discuss controversial issues, remove barriers and foster constructive dialogue. He has written several papers on tobacco harm reduction, available at: www.tobaccoatacrossroads.com
    • Patrick Basham is director of the Democracy Institute, a politically independent think tank based in Washington and London.  He previously served as a senior fellow at the Cato Institute , where he is currently an adjunct scholar. Prior to that, he led the Fraser Institute’s tobacco regulation research.


    • A bestselling author, Basham’s most recent tobacco book, coauthored with Dr John Luik, is, The Plain Truth: Does Packaging Influence Smoking? His other tobacco books include: Hidden in Plain Sight: Why Tobacco Display Bans Fail (coauthored with Luik); Butt Out! How Philip Morris Burned Ted Kennedy, the FDA & the Anti-Tobacco Movement; and Erasing Intellectual Property: Plain Packaging of Consumer Products and the Implications for Trademark Rights (also coauthored with Luik).


      Basham wrote his doctorate at Cambridge University and has taught tobacco regulation, health policy, and scientific research methods at Johns Hopkins University. He has also written a tobacco policy blog for the British Medical Journal and his public health articles have been published in the New York Times, the New York Post, US News & World Report, the Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, the Independent, and The Australian.


      A consultant to private investors and corporations on regulatory issues, Basham has lectured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. He frequently analyses regulatory and political developments for American, British, and Canadian media. 

  • Erik Bloomquist covers Global Tobacco for Berenberg Bank, based in London. He previously led the Global Tobacco team at J.P. Morgan, which during his leadership was the only individual team to be top-ranked for Tobacco in the Europe, US and Japan Institutional Investor surveys, notably earning no. 2 in 2009 with Institutions and no. 1 with Hedge Funds in the 2009 All-Europe survey. Erik has covered Consumer stocks since 1999 in New York with PaineWebber/UBS Warburg. Erik holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and is a CFA charter holder. Erik's coverage includes British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Philip Morris International, Souza Cruz and Swedish Match which together account for over 70% of the Global Tobacco market capitalization.
  • Matteo Borsani is senior adviser to Italy’s Confindustria trade delegation to the European Parliament, and co-ordinates their lobbying in areas including internal markets, intellectual property rights, public procurement and consumer rights. Founded in 1910 Confindustria is Italy’s lead organization representing the manufacturing, construction, energy, transportation, tourism and services industries. Borsani is responsible for Confindustria’s relations with the European Parliament, and organises seminars and workshops on EU issues.


    Previously, Borsani was based at the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, within the office for institutional affairs and intergovernmental conference on the Constitutional Treaty. He supported diplomatic staff in their negotiations for the legal revision of the Treaty.  Before that, he held several other roles in commerce and local government.


    Borsani holds a master’s degree in European Public Policies from the Political Science Institute of Strasbourg in France, and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pavia in Italy.

  • Keith Brewer is president and chief operating officer, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc., and executive vice president and chief operating officer, Universal Corporation.  He is responsible for the company’s global tobacco operations, having served in Universal companies for 35 years.  He served as president of Universal Leaf North America US Inc. from 2002 to 2006.  Brewer was elected executive vice president of Universal Leaf in March 2006 and vice president of Universal Corporation in August 2007.
  • Ted Broome is executive vice president, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.,
    responsible for the company’s global sales efforts.  He has dedicated 35 years to the tobacco industry, serving in various sales and operational roles in Asia, Europe and the United States.  In 2002, Broome relocated to Richmond, Virginia, to take on the role of senior vice president and sales director.  He currently serves on Universal Leaf’s board of directors and executive team, and is on the compliance and disclosure committees of the company.
  • Rob Burton joined BAT as engagement manager for Western Europe in 2008. Before that, he spent over 20 years working in the pharmaceutical sector for AstraZeneca and SmithKline Beecham. During that time, Rob held a number of international commercial and scientific roles, including global commercial director for respiratory products and area director for eastern European markets. He spent almost 10 years living in Sweden, Czech Republic and Estonia.

    Burton has also held non-executive roles with a number of biotech start-up companies and has previously lectured with the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK.

    An industrial chemist by training, Burton began his career working in the laboratories of Reckitt & Coleman, before moving into sales and marketing functions within Beecham's UK.
  • Jeannie Cameron is the owner and director of Jeannie Cameron Consulting, an international regulatory advocacy consultancy based in the United Kingdom.


    Prior to establishing Jeannie Cameron Consulting in 2011, Cameron was head of international advocacy and engagement for British American Tobacco, responsible for the BAT Group’s strategy on anti-illicit trade advocacy and engagement.  This included coordination of the group’s advocacy on the development of the World Health Organization’s FCTC Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and direct engagement with international government organizations such as the WTO, the WHO and the WCO.

    Between 2001 and 2008 Cameron was International Health Affairs Manager and International Political and Regulatory Affairs Manager at BAT responsible for managing the Group’s advocacy, engagement and advice relating to the FCTC and its content.  Cameron headed all BAT delegations at FCTC negotiations during this period. Cameron joined BAT in 2001 as a specialist in public policy and international law.  She has degrees in political science, finance and law.

  • Jaine Chisholm Caunt is secretary general of the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association in the UK, representing tobacco companies operating in the UK. Previously she was director of stakeholder relations & policy for Cogent, the skills body for the UK’s science-based and process manufacturing industries, from 2006-11.  She has been a member of several government working groups, as well as advising policy makers on the links between developing professional skills standards and reducing business regulation and bureaucracy.

    Caunt has also worked closely with trade unions such as Unite and Prospect on a number of projects to support manufacturing businesses across the UK.  She was also a non-executive director of OPITO, the Oil & Gas Academy from 2008-11. She co-wrote  Breaking Down Barriers  (NIACE 2001) the first textbook for tutors about workplace basic skills training, and has written and presented for a wide variety of audiences, including contributing to many recent Government policy developments such as the recent BIS Growth reviews on Advanced Manufacturing.
  • Simon Clark is director of the smokers' lobby group Forest and founder of The Free Society. Born in London, he was educated at Madras College, St Andrews, and Aberdeen University. He returned to London for his first job - in public relations. In 1983 he launched a national student magazine called Campus; in 1984 he worked, briefly, for a Frankfurt-based human rights group; and from 1985-1990 he was director of the Media Monitoring Unit, a London-based research group founded by a former Labour minister, Lord Chalfont, and Dr Julian Lewis, who is now Conservative MP for New Forest West. As a freelance journalist, Simon edited a string of in-house magazines, the most recent of which was The Politico for Politico's Bookshop in Westminster. Simon has been director of Forest since January 1999. He is Forest's principal spokesman and appears regularly on radio and television defending beleaguered smokers.
  • Jon Copestake is chief consumer goods analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), The Economist magazine.  He is editor of the authoritative Worldwide Cost of Living and Liveability surveys, with over a decade of experience in working on both products. He also oversees a number of custom projects related to liveability and pricing. In this role, Copestake writes the global outlook for the retail, consumer goods, food, beverages and tobacco sectors as well as monitoring reports for individual countries.
  • Francis P. Crawley is executive director of the Good Clinical Practice Alliance, Europe (GCPA) and World Health Organization (WHO) expert in ethics. He is a philosopher specializing in ethical, legal and regulatory issues concerning health research, teaching at several universities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He was also secretary-general, ethics officer and chairman of the Ethics Working Party at the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice.


    Crawley currently chairs the Ethical Review Committee of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR).  He serves on many other committees where health and ethics are the focus. He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Health Organization’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) and served for four years on the UNAIDS Ethical Review Committee. Crawley has also contributed his experience as a partner on several European Commission projects relating to ethics in medicine, and has extensive experience in developing health research in Africa. He has also served on the editorial board of several leading medical and clinical journals.

  • Jose Maria Costa is international regional director for Europe, Alliance One International (AOI).  He joined the industry in 1992 as financial controller for CdF based in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. When the company was acquired by Intabex, he became their regional financial director for South America and financial director of Intabex Processors Argentina.  In 1997, Dimon acquired Intabex and Costa moved to Italy as financial director, then managing director, between 2000-2004.  When AOI was created in 2005, he was appointed regional financial director for Europe, before becoming regional director for Europe.  Costa holds a degree in Law and a Master’s in International Management from the ESADE business school in Barcelona.
  • Doug daCosta is armed with degrees in criminal justice and business management, Doug daCosta has more than 27 years of experience working for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and associated agencies. As a program manager, he monitored contraband cigarette trafficking and profit laundering in Asia and the Middle East and was involved in the brokering of investigation policies with the major tobacco manufacturers in America. daCosta has represented the ATF at Interpol and Europol, among other international law enforcement organizations. He culminated his U.S. Treasury/Department of Justice career with the successful coordination of federal resources to assist the International Olympic Committee on the Beijing Olympic torch relay. daCosta is now a principal consultant with ESSI, a firm which is involved in safety, security and integrity across a wide range of areas including counterfeit goods investigations.
  • Jamie Dettmer is an Anglo-American journalist and editor. He has worked also as a think-tanker and a communications director for international organizations, including the UN. He is currently a Senior Media Fellow at the Democracy Institute and writes for the Daily Mail (London) on the U.S. economy and business and for two U.S. magazines on Latin America. He blogs at jamiedettmer.com.


    Dettmer has been a staff foreign correspondent and columnist for The Times (London), Sunday Telegraph, Business AM, the Washington Times Corp. and the New York Sun. Recently, he had a stint as the Comment Editor of The Hill newspaper in Washington DC. He has written for Scotland on Sunday, the Scotsman, Glasgow Herald, Irish Sunday Tribune, Irish Sunday Independent, Evening Standard, the Guardian, Newsweek, El Universal (Mexico), Canberra Times, New Statesman, Tribune, Belfast Telegraph, New York Observer and Macleans.


    Dettmer has been a regular talking head on U.S. television and radio and done documentary work for the BBC and MDR German Television. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, Russia, the U.S., Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Indian sub-continent. For several years he was the director of communications at the Cato Institute and has served also in the same role at the Washington DC-based International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). He also advised the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) on media strategy. Dettmer now travels between homes in the U.S. and Italy with frequent travel in Latin America and across Europe.

  • Based in Brussels, Massimiliano Di Domenico is head of regulatory and parliamentary engagement at British American Tobacco (BAT). He joined BAT STC in 2001 as manager, export markets, relocating to Italy in 2004 as part of the integration team during BAT’s acquisition of ETI (former Italian Tobacco Monopoly). He then joined the corporate affairs department of BAT Italy as political and regulatory affairs manager. 


    In 2006, Di Domenico joined the IPTR team Central Cora Globe House, managing the PPS Global Project and the website, www.bat-ingredients.com). By 2007, he was working with the BAT representation office in Brussels.  His main responsibilities were in the area of anti-illicit trade and ingredients disclosure, in compliance with Commission requirements and PPS (Public Place Smoking), engaging with EU institutional and non-institutional stakeholders.  He also coordinated the implementation of PPS solutions at end markets level.


    In June 2009, Di Domenico returned to Italy where he was head of corporate communications, CSR and reputation for BAT Italy.  In April 2012, he returned to Brussels as head of regulatory and parliamentary engagement at the BAT Brussels representation office.
  • Michelle Dowle is international scientific affairs manager, (ingredients) for British American Tobacco (BAT).  She joined BAT in 1986 and has held a number of roles within GR&D and product functions, including global flavors manager and group product regulatory compliance manager. As global flavors manager, Dowle was responsible for setting strategy and direction for the team. 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 global, regional and local regulatory requirements.


    In her current role, Dowle is responsible for engagement with global scientific communities and stakeholders to support the development of balanced policies and evidence-based product regulation in respect of tobacco ingredients.


    Dowle holds a BSc in Chemistry as well as an LLB in Law and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the College of Law,Guildford, UK.
  • Kevin Dunning is a global forecasting analyst and senior member of the global forecasting team at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of The Economist magazine. He is responsible for creating the EIU’s monthly world economic outlook and forecast.  Dunning originally joined the EIU in 2005 as a member of the Western Europe team, covering the Netherlands, Switzerland and Portugal. Prior to becoming a country analyst, he worked in the subediting team on western Europe reports and in other areas at the EIU.

    Dunning holds a Masters degree in international relations and economics. He is fluent in German and French. 
  • Carlo Einarsson is the market communications director for Holmen AB's cartonboard subsidiary Iggesund Paperboard. He joined Iggesund at its worldwide headquarters in Iggesund Sweden in 1989 and, after holding various positions, became president, Asia Pacific in 1995 to firmly establish the company in the region. This accomplished, Einarsson returned to Sweden in 2005 to become acting marketing communications director, which became a permanent position in 2006. Einarsson's deep and wide experience in packaging, marketing, branding and communications strategies and his knowledge of sustainability matters make him a valuable participant in this year's GTNF. Einarsson holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Stockholm University.
  • Jonathan Fell is a director of European equity research at Deutsche Bank, covering consumer staples stocks including beverages and tobacco. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an investment analyst, having previously held similar roles at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, and was recognized in the 2012 Institutional Investor survey as a member of the All-Europe Research Team in both the Tobacco and Beverage sectors. Jonathan has a degree in history from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University, and is also a director of Article 36, a UK not-for-profit organization that works to reduce and prevent harm to civilians from the use of certain weapons.
  • Gary Foote is corporate social responsibility manager for Alliance One International (AOI).  He is based in the US with global responsibilities related to farmer sustainability, good agricultural practices, farm labour practices and factory environmental, health and safety issues.  After 10 years managing his own environmental engineering firm he joined Standard Commercial Tobacco Company, predecessor to AOI, in 2000 and has held several positions of increasing responsibility. He has been an active member of the industry organization Coresta Subgroup on Infestation Control in Tobacco Products since 2002, including presentations at several training conferences on best practices.  Foote also works with industry partners developing best practice standards, training and monitoring for farmer sustainability and labour practices.


    He retired as an officer in the US Army National Guard in 2004 and holds an MS degree in Industrial Technology from East Carolina University.

  • Joseph Fuisz is a successful entrepreneur in the drug delivery and tobacco fields. He serves on the board of, and heads regulatory strategy for, Global Vapor Corporation, a Florida-based company that has developed and commercialized a tobacco-based vapor cigarette.

    Fuisz is a named inventor on nine US patents principally relating to drug delivery. He has worked on several next generation product initiatives with major tobacco companies as well as various high profile buccal and sublingual drug delivery projects in the pharmaceutical sector. Fuisz is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Law School.
  • Susan Gernert is assistant general counsel for National Tobacco company, L.P., a US-based manufacturer and distributor of smokeless tobacco products, cigars and make-your-own cigarette and cigar products. Gernert's primary responsibilities are related to compliance with the US Tobacco Control Act, which in 2009 gave the US Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products.

    Gernert has been practicing law for almost 25 years, and has acted as in-house counsel for several multinationals, including British American Tobacco, where she served as Head of Law and CORA in the UK until 2005.
  • Pierre-Marie Guitton is secretary general of CORESTA, the French-based international association for scientific research relating to tobacco. In this role, he supports researchers worldwide in their work, meetings and collaborative studies.  Guitton has worked in the tobacco industry since 1989. He began his career as technical communication manager with SWM, in charge of creating a wide range of communications materials for scientific and commercial staff. His background is in commercial design and communication.
  • Angela Harbutt is the founder and director of the blog site, Liberal Vision.  She is currently working with Forest in their ‘Hands Off Our Packs’ campaign, fighting the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in the UK. Harbutt worked in the TV industry for 20 years, rising swiftly through various research roles to become director of research and development for the UK’s first TV sales house.  In 1995, she was founder and CEO of Paradigm Worldwide, providing numerical analysis and strategic advice to a wide range of media companies.


    With a special interest in news, Harbutt has undertaken projects for almost all the major UK networks and others in Scandinavia, Europe and the Middle East.  She has used this experience to help organizations such as the Liberal Party to maximise their media coverage.

  • Frank Hartig has worked for JTI since 2001. He started as an engineering project manager for JTI in Trier, Germany. In 2004 he joined global engineering, managing global projects in making and packing (secondary), and was then responsible for CAPEX management and strategic projects coordination. Hartig has held his post as vice president with JTI global engineering since 2009.
  • Bonnie Herzog is a managing director and senior beverage and tobacco analyst at Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Bonnie was a managing director at Citi Investment Research where she covered the Beverage and Tobacco sectors in Equity Research. During her 11 years of experience as a sell-side equity research analyst, Bonnie has been a top ranked institutional investor analyst. For 7 consecutive years, Bonnie was recognized by Institutional Investor magazine for the “All-America Research Team” primarily ranking as No. 2 in the tobacco sector.  Bonnie is best known for her in-depth proprietary research and successful contrarian stock calls.  She has been a guest speaker at numerous tobacco and beverage industry conferences.
  • George Hendrata is president, director and CEO of BMJ, based in Java, Indonesia.  BMJ is a tobacco related paper and packaging manufacturer supplying to multinationals, regional blue-chip organizations and leading local companies, and a proud sponsor of the Golden Leaf Award.

    Hendrata has a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is also currently president of Harvard Club Indonesia.

  • Patrik Hildingsson is vice president, group public affairs, of Swedish Match AB. He has special responsibility for public relations in Europe, focusing on the regulatory situation for smoke-free products in the EU. In 2004, Hildingsson was vice president in charge of business development for Swedish Match North America.  Before that, he spent 12 years in a variety of marketing roles, including head of marketing for the smokefree division of Swedish Match, Northern Europe.

    Hildingsson is also chairman of ESTOC, which represents the interests of smokeless tobacco manufacturers and distributors as well as tobacco trade associations.  In this role, he promotes the cause of smokeless tobacco products and the health benefits of Snus, through stakeholder education and information.  He is the author of a book, King of Snus.
  • Colin Hose spent his childhood in India before completing his education in England including a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies at Kingston University. Based in Camberley, UK, he travels the world extensively, and has lived in several countries including India, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and the United States. Colin has held a number of positions in his 37 years with the company including a period as chairman of Standard Commercial Tobacco Co UK, predecessor to Alliance One International.
  • Delon Human is president and CEO of Health Diplomats, based in Switzerland; a health advisory and consulting practice delivering solutions to global health problems.  The organization represents a unique network of healthcare leaders and experts from all over the world. Together, they specialize in solving difficult policy and system problems through specialized advocacy, diplomacy, networking and relevant experience. They forge client partnerships with governmental and non-governmental sectors, and in the healthcare industry.


    Human has been involved in tobacco and nicotine-related work for over 25 years, especially in tobacco cessation programs, and was instrumental in the development of the FCTC. He has served at a senior level with many medical and health-related organizations and associations.


    He was chair of the coordinating committee for NGOs in preparation of the WHO World No Tobacco Day 1999. Persuaded by the value of tobacco harm reduction, he has become a vocal advocate for a change in public health thinking, from the abstinence-only, “quit or die” approach to a more pragmatic use of lifestyle nicotine products as substitute or cessation tool for smoking. He authored the book “Wise Nicotine”, which has now been distributed widely to policy makers (also see wisenicotine.com)


    Human qualified as a physician in South Africa and completed his postgraduate studies in family medicine and child health in South Africa and Oxford, England. His business studies (MBA) were completed at the Edinburgh Business School.

  • Mick Hume is the editor-at-large of the UK-based daily comment website Spiked (www.spiked-online.com) and a writer for The Times (London). He was the editor of the controversial magazine LM (which he originally launched in his 20s as Living Marxism magazine) until it was closed in 2000 following a notorious libel case. He launched Spiked in 2001and was the editor until 2007. As an ex-heavyweight champion smoker and libertarian Marxist, Hume is one of the few left-wing voices to oppose the fashion for smoking bans. Hume's book in defence of media freedom, "There Is No Such Thing as a Free Press," is due to be published this year.
  • Kohei Ichimaru started his career in the industry with JTI Global Engineering in 1996. With a background in mechanical engineering, he has worked in Japanese and German factories, as well as in global functions, mostly in the engineering field. Since 2009, Ichimaru has been responsible for capex management and strategic projects in JTI's Global Engineering team, based in Trier, Germany.
  • Rob Kilner is regional director Africa for Premium Tobacco Group, based in Malawi. After a long career with leading tobacco processor Standard Commercial, Kilner moved to Premium Tobacco in 2007. He was appointed regional director in 2008.
  • Jim Kirke joined BAT in 1983 and spent his initial training periods in the UK and Zimbabwe. Following his introduction of flue-cured and burley tobacco to Turkey, Kirke became leaf director in Sierra Leone. He then moved to Hong Kong to lead the establishment of BAT's leaf operations in China, and then took on responsibility for leaf operations in Asia Pacific. Following his position as leaf director for Pakistan, Kirke became the leaf and demand chain director for Uzbekistan prior to his move to Globe House, London in 2008. Kirke is currently group leaf sustainability manager.
  • Rob Koreneef is based at the Bristol, UK, head office of Imperial Tobacco Group, Koreneef lobbies on regulatory issues at global level, and supports the company’s engagement at national level. Since 2010, he has been a member of the group public policy department, part of the corporate affairs function. Koreneef joined the company in 2004, taking on several European and global public affairs roles.

    Koreneef began his career in 1991, as a political assistant on Defense and Foreign Affairs to a Dutch Christian-Democrat member of parliament.  He went on to become a public affairs consultant at Burson-Marsteller, working for multinational corporations and government organizations. Before coming to Imperial Tobacco, Koreneef worked for Philip Morris International as corporate affairs manager for the Netherlands, acting as in-house lobbyist and spokesperson.
  • Laszlo Labody is head of tobacco taxation, Western Europe, at BAT, with over 13 years of experience in managing tobacco taxation. He has been based in the company's Brussels office since 2007. Labody started working with BAT in 1997, fulfilling several management functions in corporate and regulatory affairs, including head of CORA in Hungary, Southeast and Central Europe.

    Before joining BAT, Labody dealt with international affairs in various Hungarian institutions. His last government position was as state secretary (1994-1997). He graduated in electrical engineering from the Technical University in Dresden, Germany.
  • Thierry Lebeaux is vice president regulatory affairs and head of the EU affairs office of JTI since July 2009. He is also a board director of CECCM, the cigarette manufacturers' trade association.

    Lebeaux has comprehensive experience of EU public affairs. He worked for seven years in the European Commission and a further 15 years as a public affairs consultant prior to joining JTI. He started his career in the European Commission in 1988. Here he was active in issues pertaining to the freedom to provide cross-border services, and also worked on a number of competition cases in services industries (further to the adoption of the first Merger Regulation in 1989). In 1994, he started a new career as EU public affairs consultant and ran the Brussels office of a major UK based consultancy, dealing more specifically with consumer policy, financial services, IPR and the Services Directive.

    Lebeaux graduated in international economics from the University of Lille (France) and holds a postgraduate diploma of the College of Europe. He lectured on EU affairs in the University of Lille and at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce of Lille.
  • Mike Ligon is vice president of Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc. and is responsible for government and corporate affairs for the company. One of his core roles in the company is working on issues related to the US Food and Drug Administration’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and the Framework Convention and Tobacco Control. 


    Mike joined Universal in 1982 and his previous positions include president of Universal’s CASA Export Limited, president of America’s Harvest and sales director for Universal Leaf North America.  Mike serves on the board of two industry associated organizations, Eliminate Child Labor in Tobacco (ECLT) and the Tobacco Merchants Association (TMA).

  • Mark Littlewood was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he read philosophy, politics and economics, and City University Law School. Since 1995, Littlewood has worked in political communications, public relations and public affairs, variously for the European Movement, the Environment Agency and the London Bus Initiative. In 2001, he became campaigns director for the human rights group Liberty, leaving in 2004 to found NO2ID, the group that opposes identity cards and the database state, and become its first national co-ordinator. From December 2004 to May 2007, Littlewood was head of media for the Liberal Democrats. In 2007, Mark co-founded Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank and was its communications director until November 2009. Littlewood became the Institute of Economic Affairs' fourth director general in December 2009.
  • René Luyten is co-founder/owner of b-Cat BV based in the Netherlands. Today, under the name ZerOx, b-Cat delivers worldwide turnkey solutions based on Controlled Atmosphere Technology (CAT).

    Luyten has been at the forefront of the fumigation industry in the Netherlands for over 15 years.  In 1994, when methylbromide began to be phased out, he investigated alternative treatment technologies in post-harvest and storage facilities. The CAT system was tested and approved in 1996 by the Dutch Research Institute.
  • Lt Col Chris MacGregor is a commissioned officer in The King's Royal Hussars.  He joined the British Army in 1995 and has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and most recently, Afghanistan as a staff officer in HQ ISAF Joint Command.  He departed Afghanistan having worked on the first three tranches of transition to Afghan lead security responsibility.  Although originally an Armor officer, and having instructed at the US Armor Centre in Fort Knox, he has subsequently specialised in the Comprehensive Approach to inter-agency collaboration, strategy and leadership.  For his command in Iraq, Lt Col MacGregor was Mentioned in Dipatches for gallantry.  He is also a children's author and is signed by Random House Children's Books.
  • International management consultant Tamsin Maclean has spent over 20 years in sales and sales management, achieving success in the world of high fashion as well as corporate IT training and consulting. In the process she developed the ability to inspire and coach people within her own and other organizations.


    Having attended a Dale Carnegie Course early on in her career, Tamsin recognised the enormous impact this had on her on-going success and joined the Dale Carnegie Team in the Thames Valley over 5 years ago. Dale Carnegie is well known for his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, which was written in 1936 and was voted ‘Book of the Century’ by British Airways Business Travelers.


    Tamsin is passionate about people potential and the power of effective communication inside and outside the workplace to influence and inspire co-operation and collaboration. She is a spokesperson for the business through public speaking engagements, seminars and workshops. She specialises in coaching groups and individuals in the facilitation and management of key client relationships in order to understand and deliver valuable results for their business.

  • Kirsty Mann is senior CR engagement manager for Imperial Tobacco Group based in Bristol, UK. Leading corporate responsibility (CR), her remit includes defining the responsibility strategy and CR framework, stakeholder engagement, partnership investment in communities, codes of conduct for business integrity, non-financial reporting, human rights and the elimination of child labor. She joined Imperial Tobacco Group in 1998 and has had a variety of roles including those in technical support, product development, business improvement, quality management, project management and corporate affairs.

    Mann holds a Master's degree in Mineral Resources Engineering and Management, and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, UK.
  • Johan Maris is managing director of Control Union Certifications (CUC), formerly known as Skal International. CUC is a private limited company specializing in services for sustainable business, including organic agriculture, textiles, forest, biomass and biofuel. Services offered are worldwide inspections, audits and certifications.


    Maris graduated as an agricultural engineer and began his career at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where he was responsible for liaising with farmers, foresters and fishermen in the Netherlands who received subsidies for sustainable production. In 1999 he joined the Skal Foundation (the Dutch certification organisation for organic producers) as head of inspections.


    Maris is an expert in implementing sustainable regulations into the practice of farmers/foresters and processors world wide. He is familiar with many different sustainability regulations and their impact in daily practice.

  • Barbara Martellini joined Universal Leaf Tobacco in January 2009 as assistant vice-president corporate affairs. Since 2003 she has served on the board of the "Elimination of 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 as social responsibility manager and later agricultural issues manager. In these years she cooperated with CORESTA both in ACAC, which she eventually chaired for two years, and in the Scientific Commission. Martellini holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Science from the State University of Milan.

  • Anders Milton is a qualified nephrologist who completed his studies in Sweden before starting 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 advisor to the government delegation to the World Health Assembly and has served on two Swedish government commissions of enquiry. This first was to investigate mental health services in Sweden and the second to develop a strategy to combat HIV / AIDS. He served as both CEO and president of the Swedish Medical Association, for more than a decade. 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. Milton’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree (Economics, Mathematics, Statistics), and M.D., and he holds a PhD from Uppsala University in Sweden.
  • DVR Rajiv Mohan currently runs the exports function in the agribusiness division (ILTD) of ITC Ltd.  He is also business head for the spices division of ITC. After joining the company in 1988, specializing in the supply chain and export of leaf tobacco, Mohan took over as general manager, exports in 2002. He has been responsible for significant increases in export turnover and footprint in all continents covering major international customers.

    Since 2004, Mohan has also been responsible for developing the spices business, with specific focus on introducing a customized supply chain and differentiated products and services, resulting in rapid growth of the business in both domestic and export markets.

    Mr Mohan is a graduate in commerce and holds an MBA from Karnataka University.
  • Glyn Morgan is a founder member of Premium Tobacco Asia Ltd, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Previously, he was group finance director for the company.  Morgan trained as a chartered accountant. He worked in financial management roles and as a strategy consultant with Accenture, prior to joining the tobacco industry 15 years ago.  Before helping set up Premium Tobacco, Morgan was regional director for Universal Leaf in Asia.
  • Fran Morrison has recently retired from a distinguished career in media and corporate communications.  As one-time head of corporate communications for British American Tobacco (BAT), Morrison headed a team of 17 professionals responsible for media relations, scientific communications, publications and internal communications.  She was instrumental in launching the company’s award-winning website and the global ‘One Web’ infrastructure supporting the group’s local websites around the world.


    Previously, Morrison ran corporate communications at Shell UK, launching their first website and leading the communications and dialogue strategy to rebuild their reputation after the Brent Spar controversy.


    Before working in corporate communications, Morrison was a BBC TV news reporter and presenter for 15 years on prominent documentary and news programmes. She has also trained young TV journalists and advised corporate executives in how to handle the media. 


    Morrison is a graduate of St. Andrews University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Maryna Muller is an independent infestation management consultant, based in Stellenbosch South Africa. She began her career with British American Tobacco (BAT), in product development and research. Part of her job description was to evaluate alternative methods for pest control in stored tobacco. Due to some very successful innovative projects, she later filled the role as regional manager: pest management and hygiene for the Africa Middle East region, a region well known for its unique infestation problems.

    Muller was responsible for the Infestation strategy and management plan for AME and managed a virtual team of about 25 Infestation coordinators at management level. From 2004, she was an active member of the CORESTA subgroup for Pest Management and Sanitation, and was part of the training team of the annual CORESTA Infestation ControlConferences.

    Since April 2011 Muller has been an independent consultant for the tobacco industry to assist in pest management programs for tobacco suppliers, cigarette manufacturers and pest control suppliers. This included the introduction of new alternative methods to combat infestation and protect tobacco in storage.

  • Dr. 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 open and 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 British American Tobacco, Murphy was a distinguished science journalist with articles featuring in the New Scientist, The Irish Times, BBC/science & nature, Chemistry & Industry and sciencebusiness.net among others. Murphy holds a BSc in chemistry and a PhD in electrochemistry from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and an MSc in science communications from Dublin City University.
  • Des Naughton joined BAT in 1995 and has held a number of general management and marketing roles. These include global brand director for Dunhill, general manager, South Korea, and regional head of marketing, Africa and Middle East. He joined the management board as director, Eastern Europe, BAT in September 2010 and became group operations director in June 2011.
  • As senior director, regulatory oversight at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in North Carolina, Mike Ogden is responsible for scientific and regulatory advocacy and engagement for all Reynolds American operating companies.

    Prior to his current role Ogden was in charge of various R&D programs for RJR, 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. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters.

    Ogden is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Association of Official Analytical Chemists. He also serves as treasurer of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO on Tobacco and Tobacco Products (TC 126) and as a designated expert for the American National Standards Institute to ISO TC/126 Working Group 10 on Intense Smoking Methods. He is also president of CORESTA, the French-based international association for scientific research relating to tobacco.

    Ogden has been with RJR for 26 years and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and applied mathematics, together with a PhD in analytical chemistry.

  • Dr David O'Reilly was appointed to the Management Board of British American Tobacco as Group Scientific Director, responsible for R&D, in January 2012. 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 subsidiary of British American Tobacco, where he studied the potential of genetic modification to introduce novel processing and agronomic traits into the tobacco and other crops. Since then O'Reilly has been a driving force in the creation and expansion of a new strategic multidisciplinary R&D centre in Southampton and Cambridge, UK, the focus of which is a better understanding of the mechanisms of tobacco-related disease and the development of science-based innovative products and technologies for safer alternatives to cigarettes.
  • Stephen Payne is JTI's anti-illicit trade government relations director. Payne has been working with JTI since 1992, initially as an outside consultant based in Hong Kong and since 2004, as a full-time employee in Switzerland and the UK.

    Payne lived and worked in Asia between 1976 and 2004. In the 1970s, he served with British Army Intelligence in Hong Kong, specializing in security and intelligence-gathering operations. Since then, he has held positions relating to anti-counterfeiting and corporate security as well as management positions in operations, sales, marketing and finance. He has worked on security assignments around the globe, including the US, Latin America, Europe and India, specialising in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Payne has conducted hundreds of investigations into the counterfeiting of products and was JTI's director of brand integrity for Europe from 2004-2010. Payne has an MBA degree from the Warwick Business School in the UK. He is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, where he is recognized as a certified protection professional.
  • As director of MANE Group Business Unit – Tobacco, Dr. Roger Penn has many years of experience in the tobacco industry.  Before coming to MANE, he worked with British American Tobacco (BAT) in the UK, and within the worldwide flavor industry, with Unilever (UK), Firmenich (Switzerland and the USA) and IFF in the USA. A chemist by profession, with advanced degrees in medicinal chemistry and toxicology, Penn has contributed to many international scientific and technological congresses and conferences in the tobacco and flavor industries.


    Dr. Penn travels all over the world to work with R&D departments and regulatory, marketing and production groups on new product development programs, as well as personalizing product knowledge seminars for a wide range of multinational and national tobacco companies worldwide.


    At MANE, Dr Penn manages the worldwide tobacco business unit.  The unit operates out of six laboratories/creative centers in Brazil, China, France, Mexico, Switzerland and the USA, all dedicated to the creation and application of tobacco flavors.
  • Jane Perry is product integrity manager at British American Tobacco (BAT). She joined BAT in 1997 as a materials technology assistant, becoming one of the first finished product inspectors at the Southampton factory. In 2001, she took on a new role as materials technician, responsible for investigating material quality issues and ensuring the machine/material interface through supplier quality partnerships.  In 2006, Perry became global materials qualification manager, and began implementing the global MQS IT system.


    Perry’s strong interest in entomology led her to a role in infestation control, where she was later promoted to global infestation manager, developing the GIT (Global Infestation Team). She also became secretary for CORESTA subgroup, Pest Management and Sanitation Management in Stored Tobacco. In May 2008, infestation activities were merged with product integrity, and Perry became manager of the integrated team.
  • Ram Poddar joined Godfrey Phillips India in 1980 after extensive experience in the automotive and textile sectors. During his stint as CEO, Godfrey Phillips India became one of the top companies in the Indian tobacco industry. Poddar also played a key role in forging global alliances and importing various technologies. Now as the chief mentor of Modi Group of Companies, he is the guiding force for all group companies, including GPI. Poddar is also the chairman of the Tobacco Institute of India, the vice president of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the co-chairman of the Indirect Taxes Committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce. He is also a founder and trustee of Divine Care, a charitable social welfare organization.
  • Sanjiv Rangrass took over as chief executive of the agribusiness division of ITC Ltd in July 2010.  Previously he was the chief operating officer of the business.  Rangrass joined the company in 1982, serving in various technical capacities and senior management roles across manufacturing units and the head office.  He was also the technical member of the executive committee of cigarette brands and supply chain in the tobacco division. Rangrass has been instrumental in introducing a novel and highly successful approach to innovations on the shop floor.  He has also spearheaded process excellence initiatives involving Lean and Six Sigma.
  • G. Kamalavardhana Rao is chairman of the Tobacco Board of India. Since the beginning of his career, he has held several important administrative posts in Indian commerce and government, including secretary of the Excise Department and director of Fisheries in the mid- to late 1990s. He was also director of culture for the Indian government between 2006 and 2007. 

     

  • Rao took up his present position within India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2010. He holds Masters degrees in political science from the University of Hyderabad.

  • Michiel Reerink is Global Regulatory Strategy Vice President at JTI. He started his career in the tobacco industry in 1996 at a tobacco trade association in the Netherlands, working closely with the European trade association in Brussels. In 2001, he joined one of the major tobacco companies, to take responsibility for Corporate Affairs in Netherlands, Benelux and Germany. In 2004 he established the company’s EU Affairs office in Brussels, and subsequently led its EU engagement. Additionally, from 2008, he led on a number of group-wide, strategic projects. In 2010, Reerink joined JTI at the Geneva headquarters to lead the Global Regulatory Strategy department, which leads JTI’s strategy and responses to emerging global priority issues including plain packaging. He has degrees in Physics and Law.
  • Charlie Rossignol is Leaf Partnership Manager for Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG), based in Bristol UK. In this role within the Group's Leaf Department, she is responsible for the Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production programme – driving social and environmental responsibility in the leaf supply chain – and developing social and environmental partnerships with suppliers, NGOs and other external organisations in tobacco growing communities.

    After three years working on a British Council graduate scheme in Canada and then at the Soil Association in Bristol, Rossignol joined ITG's corporate affairs department in 2007 as community investment advisor, developing community partnerships in the vicinity of ITG's operations in the developing world.

    Rossignol holds an MSc in International Development and Security from Bristol University, with a particular interest in environmental security.
  • Professor Dr.med Jürgen Ruhlmann is medical director of the prestigious Medizin Center in Bonn, Germany, which specializes in nuclear medicine, radiology and radiation therapy. He was responsible for establishing Germany's first private PET/CT scan technology. After studying medicine at the University of Bonn, Dr. Ruhlmann continued developing his expertise in nuclear and dental medicine. He has held teaching assignments in two German universities.

    Since 2009 Dr. Ruhlmann has also overseen the development of Germany's first e-cigarette, the Snoke, which has been on the market since February 2011.
  • Christian Schulze has worked for Beckhoff Automation since 2000, starting as a key account manager for tobacco customers, and becoming food, beverage and tobacco market manager in 2003. He is also responsible for business development within these sectors. Schulze has over 26 years of professional experience in the automation of technical processes, gained with several different companies.
  • Professor Oded Shoseyov is a faculty member of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in Israel.  He has extensive experience with plant transformation systems and protein engineering, and has close to 100 publications and 18 patents. Professor Shoseyov received the Outstanding Scientist Polak Award for 2002, and the 1999 Kay Award for Innovative and Applied Research. He was the scientific founder of CBD Technologies Ltd and co-founder of Fulcrum-SP Ltd, both biotech companies that launched successful technologies and products.  He holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Paul Simmons is technical director of CME Ltd, responsible for the design and development of CME's range of machines including packers, stampers, wrappers and cartoners as well as novel packing solutions.  He was previously with ITCM, the bespoke packaging machinery part of Molins. Before this, he was in engineering consultancy working principally in the automotive industry, but also working in the rail and aerospace sectors.

  • Simmons is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and holds the EUR ING title awarded by FEANI.
  • Staffan Sjoberg is head of public affairs and environmental spokesperson for Iggesund Paperboard AB, Sweden. He is responsible for all communications on sustainability matters for the company.  Before coming to Iggesund, Sjoberg gained experience in a wide range of communications environments, from broadcasting to sustainability. Sjoberg is a member of the advisory board for the graphic and packaging design program of Mid-Sweden University.
  • Chris Snowdon is an independent author and historian whose works include Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Anti-Smoking (2009). He has a degree in history from the University of Lancaster in the U.K. and is an adjunct scholar at the Democracy Institute. He has written about a wide range of issues relating to liberty and public health for Spiked, Environment & Climate News, Pipes and Tobaccos and the Free Society. His most recent book is The Spirit Level Delusion (May 2010).
  • Jim Solyst is a principal consultant at ENVIRON International Corporation in Arlington, VA. He has 30 years of experience advising businesses and policy leaders on the application of science in decision making and communicating science to key audiences, including regulatory and legislative bodies. His knowledge of risk policy, management and communication, combined with experience in national, state and international regulatory processes, allows him to provide services at a strategic level to industry and government executives.

    Solyst is experienced in risk assessment and communication, product stewardship, harm reduction, global chemical management, emergency response and corporate responsibility. He has extensive experience working with US regulatory agencies and international bodies including the UN, OECD and WHO. In 2007, the National Academies of Science (NAS) appointed him to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable, a National Research Council Committee that serves as a science-oriented, apolitical forum for discussing chemically related issues affecting government, industry and academia.

    Solyst received a BA from the University of Maryland and an MS in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University. He serves as an external affiliate to the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Risk Science and Public Policy Institute. He has written extensively on the US Tobacco Act and presently provides services to Swedish Match, a smokeless tobacco company.
  • Mike Stevens joined BAT in 1986, training in the UK and in Zimbabwe.  He 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 Souza Cruz, Brazil, to become leaf director before returning to London in 2007 as group head of leaf. 
  • Jeff Stier is a policy analyst and senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., heading its Risk Analysis Division. He was the associate director of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) from 1997-2010.

  • Stier has appeared on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC, as well as dozens of talk radio shows, and in the Associated Press, Reuters, United Press International, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, the New York Post, The Washington Times, the New York Daily News and other major publications.

    Stier also worked both in the office of the Mayor and in Corporation Counsel's office in the Giuliani administration in New York City. His responsibilities included planning environmental agency programs, legal analysis of proposed legislation, and health policy.

    Stier is chairman of the board of the Jewish International Connection, NY

    While earning his law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Stier served two terms as editor-In-chief of the Cardozo Law Forum, the official studentnewspaper.
  • Juan Sanchez Tamburrino joined BAT in 2009 as head of Advanced Technologies Cambridge (ATC). In this role, he heads a research group developing a biotechnology program in tobacco harm reduction and sustainability.


    Tamburrino received a postgraduate fellowship to study molecular biology and obtained his PhD from Cornell University Medical School, Sloan Kettering Cancer center. His postdoctoral training was at Rockefeller University in the United States.  There he developed a research program in drought and high salinity and collaborated on other biotechnology research projects. As a professor at Tarapaca University in Chile, Tamburrino established a research center for crop biotechnology in arid zones, concentrating on yield and drought stress.


    In 2005 Tamburrino accepted a position with the Dupont Company in Iowa, USA. Within their Agronomy Discovery program, he led a research group to develop a discovery platform for stress and yield enhancement traits and to develop product to the pre-commercialization stage.
  • Juergen Tiemann is director of leaf and product development for Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG).  In this role, he is responsible for the group’s tobacco procurement, product development and product innovation. Tiemann joined the industry in 1979 as leaf trainee with British American Tobacco (BAT).  He spent five years buying and processing tobacco in Asia and Africa and working for leaf supplier Geb. Kulenkampff, now part of Universal Corporation.


    Tiemann joined the leaf division of Reemtsma Digarettenfabriken in 1987 and became part of ITG when Reemtsma was acquired in 2002. In the past 25 years, he has held various roles within tobacco procurement.  He took over ITG’s leaf division in 2007, leaf blending in 2008 and product development and innovation in 2010.

  • Dr. Ian Tindall is the technical director of Cerulean and is responsible for new product development of equipment for the smoke laboratory including smoking machines, LIP testing equipment and physical test stations.

    Tindall graduated from the University of Manchester in the UK in 1981 with a degree in analytical chemistry and followed that with a PhD in Chemistry at the same university graduating in 1985. After a period as a service engineer installing ultra-high vacuum systems and analytical equipment he moved to the design of complex scientific instruments such as mass and electron spectrometers. From there he moved to the safety industry, leading the design function that created gas detection equipment using NDIR techniques and electrochemical cell detection technology. This was a mixture of low volume industrial applications and very high volume consumer goods.

    Joining Cerulean in 2004 as technical director, Tindall has been responsible for the design of many of the company products in the current portfolio.
  • Avi Tzur has over 30 years of management experience in Israeli and American technology companies. He currently runs his business in Brazil, where he holds interests in technology and commodities trading companies. Prior to that, Tzur was a director in the international division of Motorola, in charge of the southern zone of Latin America, and a founder member of that region’s team.

    Tzur holds a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainbleau, France.
  • Fred Vandermarliere is director of Gryson NV (RYO), and J. Cortès Cigars. Based in Werwik, near Antwerp, Belgium, he has been in his current role since November 2009. Before that, Vandermarliere was based in Katunayake, Sri Lanka as CEO of United Tobacco Processing (UTP).  He was responsible for devising strategy and leading the company on a day-to-day basis, overseeing its expansion and the installation of new machinery, and for implementing ISO standards there.


    Vandermarliere holds a master’s degree in Marketing Management from Ghent Management School in Belgium, and a master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Zaragoza in Spain. He speaks several languages.

  • Steven van Geel is sales manager, tobacco, for Best Sorting. He joined BEST (Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology) at the beginning of 2006. As an area sales manager dedicated to the tobacco industry, he expanded this niche sorting market segment to the current independent business unit within BEST Sorting, with applications deployed in almost all areas of tobacco processing operations.


    Van Geel’s previous experience in technical and customer-oriented environments has contributed to his understanding of the specialized demands in the tobacco industry. Van Geel was recently appointed sales and product manager for the tobacco industry worldwide.

  • Sonia Velazquez is executive director of the ECLT Foundation (Ending Child Labor in Tobacco).  She joined the Foundation in April 2012, continuing a career that has combined programs for helping vulnerable children in developing countries and working on policy, legislation, knowledge-building and research impacting children.  The Foundation works in close partnership with trade unions, the tobacco industry and tobacco growers, pursuing a model set up by the International Labor Organization. Her most recent position was in Washington DC, where she led the completion of the American Humane Association Legislative Agenda for Congress, a peer-reviewed professional journal on child protection, transformation of state systems and the creation of a child protection research center.


    Before that, from 1997 to 2004, Velazquez was senior vice-president at Family Support America, and director of the National Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. She also served in several senior roles with international nonprofit Plan International and Plan USA. Before 1986, Velazquez was a front-line program manager and project co-ordinator in Ecuador and Colombia with Save the Children and Christian Children’s Fund.


    Velazquez holds a CSS graduate degree from Harvard University and a BA from the Universidad de los Andes in her native Colombia. She also holds certificates of executive education from the London School of Economics, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, in the United States, and the Center for Creative Leadership at the University of North Carolina.

  • Stefan von der Heiden joined BAT in 2005 as senior engagement manager, developing BAT's presence in Berlin, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in public affairs. Von der Heiden began his professional career in administration at the Federal German Parliament. He worked for six years as spokesperson and head of government affairs for a business association and from 2000-2005 as a senior consultant for one of Germany's leading public affairs agencies.

    Von der Heiden studied constitutional, economic and social history at the University of Bonn in Germany.
  • Nico Vroom is managing director of EcO2 B.V. and a consultant at JNF Consulting Services B.V.  His involvement with EcO2 dates back to 1989. Vroom's principal expertise lies in the development, research and implementation of all kinds of treatments in pest control, combined with the sales of these treatments worldwide. His main achievement in stored product protection is the research of alternatives to methyl bromide, phosphine and other chemical gases.  He is also an expert in controlled atmosphere conditions, heat treatment and pre-shipment quarantine, especially in terms of implementing techniques in everyday situations on a commercially sound basis.


    Vroom also has extensive knowledge of entomology, particularly those species found in post-harvest products and storage facilities, and combines this knowledge with an understanding of logistics chains in the various industries he deals with.


    Vroom has specialized in pest control during the post-harvest storage of tobacco and is very familiar with the current issues of resistance and residues. He is a member of the Coresta sub-group on pest and sanitation management in stored tobacco.

  • In his current role as international public health and scientific affairs manager for British American Tobacco (BAT), Chuan Liu is responsible for global scientific engagement on product regulations. Following postdoctoral training at Cambridge University, Liu joined British American Tobacco as a combustion research scientist in 2000. Based in Southampton, UK, his research areas cover combustion, pyrolysis and cigarette smoke chemistry. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers and presents regularly at scientific conferences.


    Previously, Liu worked as a principal scientist and held the position of science & feasibility manager responsible for developing toxicant reduction technologies for combustible products. Liu obtained his PhD in Materials Sciences from Cambridge University.

  • Jörg Wittek is executive vice-president engineering, for Hauni Maschinenbau AG. In this role, he oversees all key decisions related to product consulting, project management, business development, layout and documentation of Hauni’s secondary equipment. Before that, Wittek was Hauni’s program manager, responsible for the development of the Protos-M8 in 2005. He also managed various customer projects for cigarette and filter making equipment in Germany and other countries for Hauni subsidiary Universelle. Wittek began his career at Hauni in 1991 as a project engineer.
  • Dr. Martin Zelder is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University in the United States. He is an ‘applied micro-economist’ known for his creative research topics and findings in the areas of family economics, health economics, and law-and-economics.


    Dr. Zelder has published articles in the Journal of Legal Studies, Health Economics, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Michigan Law Review, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Teoria, and other journals on topics including divorce, love, sex, academic fraud, and pharmaceutical spending.


    Zelder previously held appointments at the University of Chicago, Australian National University, and the Fraser Institute. In 2006, he was appointed the Democracy Institute’s Senior Fellow in Health Economics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where his supervisor was Nobel Laureate Gary Becker.