Bachelor of Science, started his work career as a Municipal Chief Executive and worked for 20 years in this field. Since 2002 he is the International President of IOGT International, a worldwide community of NGOs working in the field of alcohol and drug policy and prevention. Mr. Carlsson is member of the Board of Eurocare – the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) and International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA). Between 1995-2009 he was the President of IOGT-NTO in Sweden. Mr. Carlsson was also the President of the Swedish Youth Temperance Organization (UNF) between 1977-1981. In 2009 he was elected the International President of World Federation Against Drugs.
Ms Baxter entered the Alcohol and Drug sector as CEO of Life Education in South Australia in January, 2000. In her current position as Executive Director at Drug Free Australia she oversees strategies in capacity building, project management and community development, focusing on drug prevention. Ms Baxter is a past member of the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) and is a current member of the International Taskforce for Strategic Drug Policy.
Per Johansson is Secretary General of RNS (National Association for a Drug-free Society) in Sweden. He was educated to be a teacher but has committed himself to work with drug policy since 1979. First as a volunteer but since the early 90s professionally. Mr Johansson is a leading figure in the drug debate in Sweden. He has been engaged in several international projects that RNS has been involved in. He lectures on drug policy and role of public opinion’s role in forming a balanced and restrictive drug policy. He is the Secretary of the Board ofWorld Federation Against Drugs.
Executive Director, Uganda Youth Development Link, board member WFAD. BA in Social work and Social administration and an MA in Human Rights from Makerere University, Kampala. Mr. Kasirye has undertaken several consultancy positions as a technical Coordinator, he is also a consultant with Mentor foundation UK. He is the local expert advisor to UNODC in Eastern Africa and is actively involved in capacity building of NGOs and Communities in Drug Demand reduction activities. He is a lead person on Vienna NGO committee on drug abuse. Mr. Kasirye is currently involved in two NIDA supported research tasks on adapting materials on substance abuse and street children. He is a researcher on the global study on gender and alcohol studies coordinated by WHO. Mr. Kasirye was awarded the 1999, United Nation Civil Society Award winner, offered by UNODC and The Federal Republic of Austria and The City of Vienna and the Africa Region Youth Services award 1999, by the Common wealth youth programme, African centre. He also authored several books and papers on drug abuse, social protection, and commercial sexual exploitation.
Robert L. DuPont, MD, psychiatrist, has for more than 40 years been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment in the United States. He was the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and was the second White House Drug Chief. In 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit organization that identifies and promotes big new ideas to reduce illegal drug use. He is Vice President of Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, a leading consulting firm dealing with substance abuse, which he founded in 1982 with his longtime colleague Peter Bensinger. Dr. DuPont maintains an active psychiatric practice specialising in addiction and anxiety disorders, and has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980.
Ms Turk started her social activities in 2000 as volunteer serving prisoners in Lebanon. In 2005, she was one of the founders of Nusroto Al–Anashid Association -a Lebanese non-profit & charitable organization engaged in social and general humanitarian work. She was also active in the establishment of “Cenacle of the Son of Man” in 2006, a rehabilitation center for drug & alcohol addicts in Zahleh, Lebanon.
Along with her strong engagement in anti-drug campaigns organized by the Cenacle and the day-to-day operations of the rehabilitation center, Ms Turk was a member in the Prison Fellowship of Lebanon, which enabled her to engage into the organization and execution of continuous charitable events for prisoners, and the administration of various services to them on the medical, psychological, social and legal levels.
Ms Turk is also a member in the Catholic Charity Order, a local NGO targeting poverty and administering financial and social aid and sustaining welfare of needy families.She has given lectures and has been a guest speaker in many awareness sessions against drugs in Lebanese universities & schools.
Ms Turk is also a Maestra and a Soprano Soloist at Nusroto Choir and at St. Joseph Choir in Lebanon.
In 2013, Ms Turk won the “Lebanon Outstanding Woman Award” for her humanitarian acts and social services.
Currently, she is the Executive Manager of “Cenacle of the Son of Man”. Ms Turk holds a Masters degree in NGO Management. In addition to her social activities, she has worked as a professor of French, maths, musical theories and singing. At the Congress in May 2014 she was elected to represent Asia in the international board of WFAD.
Dr. Munawar Fayyaz Sunny, Chairman Sunny Trust International born in a small village of Sargodha, Pakistan on April 10, 1968. He started his education from his native town. He completed his Graduation from Govt. College of Sargodha. Then he joined Punjab Homeopathic Medical College, Faisalabad. After completing DHMS, he started studies for MD from Colombo, Srilanka. For further studies, he got admission in Colombo International University and completed PGAC.
In the course of general practice in Faisalabad many years back, the founder of Sunny Trust International Dr. Munawar Fayyaz Sunny routinely encountered patients addicted to different drugs besides other health problems. These patients became the subject of his particular, and eventually, specialized investigative interest. Each patient represented a distinct case study even when belonging to the same category of drug abuse. He felt the increasing number of drug addicts in the area.
Dr. Sunny decided to devote himself exclusively to the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts through initially setting up of a five bed in-house patient facility at Faisalabad in March 1992. The success of this experiment soon led to its expansion into a 30 bed facility for treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts.
Mike Sabin is a member of parliament for Northland, New Zealand. He is a nationally and internationally-recognized expert and authority on methamphetamine and drug policy. Mr. Sabin is involved with international drug policy as a member of the International Task Force for Strategic Drug Policy and a fellow and associate of numerous international drug free coalitions.
He is the author of publications on the efficacy of harm prevention, demand reduction focused drug policy initiatives, including solutions to the methamphetamine crisis in New Zealand. Mike is a respected commentator and expert lecturer on methamphetamine, drug abuse, drug policy strategy nationally and internationally including the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
is the executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.). Professor Fay has been an outspoken advocate against the legalization of drugs for over 20 years and is considered a pioneering expert on workplace drug abuse prevention programs. She has authored several books, as well as numerous newsletters and publications. Professor Fay has served as an advisor to the Whitehouse’s Office of National Drug Control Policy as well as several political leaders, including President Bush, on drug policy issues. Professor Fay holds a masters degree in business administration and is a professor at the Argentina Universidad del Salvador. She has founded, built and sold two successful businesses and was named the 2008 Tampa Bay Area Business Woman of the Year for the non-profit sector by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. In 2008, she received special recognition from then President George W. Bush for her exemplary efforts in drug prevention. She is also the recipient of the 2009 President’s Award from the National Narcotics Officers Associations Coalition.
Monica Barzanti graduated from University with a degree in Modern Languages and Literature in 1981, followed by a certification as a professional educator in 1996 (3 year course) focusing on the themes of psychology, pedagogy,social anthropology, legal and medical aspects of drug dependence, among others. Since 1986 Ms. Barzanti has been organizing international events in San Patrignano, in addition to participating in conferences in Italy and abroad on the theme of drug dependence. She also acts as a liaison for University students wishing to incorporate information on the San Patrignano Community in research papers or University theses. Since 1998 she has coordinated visits to the Community by schools, volunteer groups, social workers, policy makers and people working in the addiction field, both Italian and foreign. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Vienna NGO Committee, representing San Patrignano at various United Nations events on the theme of drugs.
Carmen Fernández Cáceres holds a Master Degree in Family Therapy and a B.A. in Psychology. Currently she is the Director-General of Centros de Integración Juvenil, A.C. (CIJ). She is the representative of Mexico in the North American Section of the World Federation against Drugs (WFAD).
Carmen Fernández Cáceres is the author and editor of several publications dealing with drug and alcohol with a gender perspective. She is the coordinator-general and professor of the Master Degree in Therapy Family in Addictions at the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT) and of five Certificates in Gender, Addiction and Domestic Violence with official recognition by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and other Mexican universities. She has been teaching in the School of Economic and Social Studies of Mexico city and in the National Institute of Public Health (INSP).
An Attorney with over 25 years experience at the Nigerian Bar, Eze Eluchie, formerly Executive Director of People Against Drug Dependence and Ignorance and now President of the African Center for Health Law and Development, has devoted the greater portion of his vocation as an Attorney, actively engaged in public impact litigation related to Health and Human Rights, Constitutional development, and other areas which have served to positively influence human rights jurisprudence in Nigeria and across the West African sub-region.
Mr. Eluchie originated and organized the International Conferences on Tackling the Scourge of Substance Abuse. Thus far, 5 sessions of these Conferences have been organized in the following locations: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (1999); Abuja, Nigeria, (2000); Lagos, Nigeria, (2004); London, UK, (2008); and London, UK (2011); and served as Lead Counsel in the first tobacco control litigation in West Africa, which sought to compel the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to regulate tobacco products as drugs, and other activities which have served to positively impact on Substance abuse reduction programs in Nigeria and across the West African sub-region
Mr. Eluchie earned his Bachelor of Laws (comparable to J.D) at the University of Nigeria, his Barrister-at-Law (comparable to ‘Call to Bar’) at the Nigerian Law School, and was a Global Health Law Fellow of Georgetown University, Washington DC, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree in Global Health Law. He has also completed post-graduate certificate courses in Health, Human Rights, and Biostatistics at Harvard University, Boston, MA, and the Graduate Institute on Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, both in the USA.
President of BRAHA, Brazilian Humanitarians in Action, and General Director of Prevention of ABRAD (Brazilian Association on Alcohol and Drugs) as well as the International Coordinator of the Program Forging Leadership for Drug Demand Reduction in Latin America. She is the former Head of the Drug Prevention Bureau of the City of Rio de Janeiro and former Head of the Special Secretariat for the Prevention of Chemical Dependence of Rio de Janeiro. Professor Seinfeld de Carakushansky holds Masters Degrees in Mathematics and was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro for 25 years. She has developed numerous drug prevention programs and has authored texts and articles about Drug Prevention, Legalization, and Preventive Cities. Shehas received numerous awards; among them the highest Rio de Janeiro State Military Police Award (Comendadora) and the Euzebio da Costa Medal of the Municipal Guard of Rio de Janeiro. Professor Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky is a member of the Board of Directors of Drug Watch International and Special Advisor to the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy and board member of World Federation Against Drugs.
David G. Evans, Esq., is the Executive Director of the Drug Free Schools Coalition and is a practicing attorney. The Coalition is an organization of school officials, teachers, counselors, parents, and students dedicated to helping schools to become drug-free. Mr. Evans has written several books dealing with substance abuse and the law, including books on designing effective drug-free workplace programs and on children, drugs and the law. Before entering law practice he was a Research Scientist, in the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, in the New Jersey Department of Health where he performed analysis of legal and regulatory requirements regarding: drug and alcohol abuse, research and data collection, courts, criminal justice, domestic violence, drug-free workplaces, juveniles, confidentiality, treatment, drug testing, AIDS, drug use forecasting, and discrimination. He has taught at: Rutgers University, Kean College and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr Evans is a Special Advisor to the World Federation Against Drugs.
Mr. Peterson has been the Head of the social section at the Maria Clinic for young people in Stockholm, Director of HNN, and the European Cities Against Drugs. He has written numerous articles about drugs, and hosted and spoken at several national and international conferences on money laundering, organized crime, motorcycle gangs,research on drugs, prevention and treatment. TP was a member of the Swedish Government’s delegation to UNGASS in New York in 1998 and a trainer in the “Drug Trafficking Module” for the EU applicant countries of Central and Eastern Europe. He has hosted weekly talk shows on drug related issues at two radio stations in Sweden. TP is a member of the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy, the Global Institute on Drug Policy, and the Swedish Narcotics Officers Association. National and international distinctions include the Flag of The United States and the Carnegie Institute Journalism Prize. He is currently Director of ActNow (www.actnow.nu)