Peter Allebeck – Professor, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Steven Alm – Judge Hawaii, USA
Josephine Baxter – World Federation Against Drugs Board Member, Australia
Ms Baxter entered the Alcohol and Drug sector as CEO of Life Education in South Australia in January, 2000. Two years later she was promoted to the position of National Director of Programs & Training for Life Education Australia, based in Sydney.
Ms Baxter has worked closely with alcohol and drug rehabilitation teams at Odyssey House (Victoria). In her current position as Executive Director, Drug Free Australia, she oversees strategies in capacity building, project management and community development, focussing on drug prevention. Ms Baxter is a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) and the International Taskforce for Strategic Drug Policy. In 2009 she was elected Vice President, World Federation Against Drugs.
Fabio Bernabei – Journalist, Italy
Mr. Bernabei has written extensively on many drug related issues. His latest book is Storia Moderna della droghe. Dalle utopie alla realtá (Pagine, 2010).
He is Editor of the news agency OsservatorioDroga.it and Italian delegate for Drug Watch International (DWI).
Bridget Brennan – Special narcotics prosecutor, City of New York, USA
Ms. Brennan joined the Office in 1992 and served as the second in command from 1995 to 1997. Prior to that, she was the Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau, overseeing some of the most significant narcotics investigations in the country.
Ms. Brennan has been has been a prosecutor since 1983 when she joined the New York County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney.
Before her legal career, she was a print, radio and television reporter in her native Wisconsin. Ms. Brennan graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School with a Jurist Doctor degree. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin.
Sven Britton – Professor, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Dr. Britton has written 170 original scientific articles in international journals. Main subjects of research are; Immunology of infections, side effects of infectious disease therapy, co-infections of HIV, immunology of leprosy, immunology of tuberculosis, adjunct therapy of tuberculosis, pathogenesis of Buruli Ulcer, adjunct treatment of Buruli Ulcer. Dr. Britton is head of research for Sweden’s first baseline study on blood-borne infections among injecting drug users.
Dr. Britton is politically active for the Socialdemocratic party and he is a candidate for the Swedish Parliament in the 2010 election.
Sven-Olov Carlsson – International President, World Federation Against Drugs
In 2009 he was elected the International President of World Federation Against Drugs.
Manuel Pinto Coelho – MD, President of the Association for a Drug Free Portugal, Portugal
Dr. Pinto Coelho is since 2004 chairman of the UNODC´s ONG Association For a Drug-Free Portugal and he organised the 1st International Symposium to Discuss Models for the Prevention/Treatment of Drug Addiction, held in Lisbon in October 2005.
He is author of various papers, books and articles on Drugs and Drug Addiction since 1986, among them: “Toxicomania: – A Liberdade Começa no Corpo” (Craving for Drugs – Freedom Comes From Within), “Correio da Manhã”, 1986. “Toxicodependência: – A Liberdade Começa no Corpo” (Drug Dependancy – Freedom Comes From Within), “Fim de Século”, 1996. “Ser Herói para a Heroína” (Being Heroic About Heroin), “Editorial Notícias”, 2001. “Política da Droga: Um Rumo para Portugal” (Drug Policy:A Way Forward for Portugal), “Gradiva”, 2004.
Antonio Maria Costa – Executive Director, UNODC
Mr. Costa was born in Italy. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Turin (1963), a Degree in mathematical economics from the Moscow State University (1967), and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1971).
From 1969 to 1983, Mr. Costa served as senior economist in the United Nations Department of International Economics and Social Affairs in New York. He was subsequently appointed Under-Secretary-General at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris where he served until 1987. Between 1987 and 1992, Mr. Costa served at the Commission of the European Union as Director-General for Economics and Finance.
Mr. Costa easily speaks a number of languages, including Russian.
Stephan Dahlgren – Lawyer, Sweden
Elisabeth Dahlin – Secretary General Save the Children of Sweden
Arthur T. Dean – Major General, Chairman and CEO, CADCA, USA
Before joining CADCA, he spent 31 years in the U.S. Army. He retired on August 31, 1998, at the grade of Major General. During his time in the Army, General Dean served around the world.
General Dean currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for U.S. Army Recruiting Command; chairman of the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) Advisory Committee; member, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Advisory Council; and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Board of Directors, for which he serves as Chairman.
General Dean received his undergraduate degree in history from Morgan State University in 1967 and his master’s degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University in 1977. He is also a graduate of the Stanford University’s Advanced Management Program and the U.S. Army’s War College.
Abdoulaye Diouf – Manager of the Centre Against Drugs, Senegal
Mr Diouf is formative trainer on drug abuse prevention in Senegal and a member of West African local experts’ network and founding member of the Sub-Saharan NGO’s coalition against drug abuse. He is also a deputy Board Member of World Federation Against Drugs.
Robert DuPont – MD, President, Institute of Behaviour and Health, USA
Dr. DuPont maintains an active psychiatric practice specialising in addiction and anxiety disorders, and has been Clinical Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980.
Among Dr. DuPont’s publication we find titles such as: “Getting Tough on Gateway Drugs: A Guide for the Family”, “A Bridge to Recovery: An Introduction to Twelve-Step Programmes” (Written with John P. McGovern, MD) and “The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction”.
David G. Evans – Esq., Lawyer, Executive Director, Drugfree Schools Coalition, USA
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.
Cecilia Fant – Detective Inspector, Sweden
The project focused on identifying and arresting suspects who use Internet as a tool for selling narcotics, anabolic steroids, classified pharmaceuticals (according to a UN list) and weapons. The project has also developed a training programme in accordance with basic knowledge about surveillance on the Internet for police officers, customs-officers and prosecutors in Sweden. After having worked on the project for about a year she became the project leader.
The Swedish project cooperates with Interpol in their Internet drug.net project. She has been the Swedish coordinator for DEA “Raw Deal” which was in international cooperation against anabolic steroids sellers.
Calvina Fay – Executive director, Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs
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.
Carmen Fernandez – General Director, Centros de Integracion Juvenil, Mexico
She is the author of several books, among other: “Women and Drugs, Life Skills”, “Guide for value education, Model of Multidimensional Family Therapy with Gender Perspective”, “Addiction and domestic violence assistance and care”
She is the general coordinator and professor of the Master Degree in Therapy Family in Addictions with the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT); and the General Coordinator of five Certificates in Addiction and Domestic Violence.
Since 2007, she is the Representative for Latin America in the Board of Directors of the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) and she she is the representative of Mexico in the North American Section of the World Federation against Drugs (WFAD).
In 2009, she was awarded with the Medal “Leadership Anáhuac in Psychology” in acknowledgment to her distinguished professional career.
Gunnar Fjaestad – Public Prosecutor, Stockholm, Sweden
Gunnar Fjaestad is now working att City Prosecution Office in Stockholm handling amongst other tings drug-and smuggling cases.
Olawale Maiyegun – PhD, Director, Social Affairs Department, African Union
He began his career in the Nigerian Diplomatic Service in 1983, and with vast experience in Bilateral and Multilateral Diplomacy and negotiation of multilateral treaties. He was Director/Head of Section, Organized Crime, Money Laundering, Narcotic Drugs and Terrorism at the Nigerian Foreign Ministry before joining the African Union Commission in October 2009 as Director of Social Affairs Department with a portfolio that includes Drug Control and Crime Prevention.
He has close collaboration with civil society organizations on a variety of issues ranging from drug use, HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users, to support for victims of human trafficking, especially women and children and victims of crime in general, as well as maternal, newborn and child health.
Gabriella Gobbi – Professor, McGill University, Canada
In its preclinical research, Dr Gobbi’s laboratory has targeted the neurobiological mechanisms at the root of the influence of cannabis on depression and anxiety in adolescents. Teenagers who are exposed to cannabis have decreased levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin, which leads to mood disorders and anhedonia or lack of pleasure, as well as increased norepinephrine levels, which leads to greater long-term susceptibility to stress and anxiety. Even if cannabis use was stopped at the end of adolescence, changes were still detectable in adulthood.
These studies suggest that society should be warned about the use of cannabis in young people
Kathy Gyngell – Research fellow, Centre for Policy Studies, United Kingdom
Her critique of the UK’s drugs policy, The Phoney War on Drugs, published last year was widely covered by the UK press. She has written for The Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, The Yorkshire Post, the Evening Standard, Drink and Drug News and Addiction Today on the failure of policy; she is widely quoted in the press and interviewed for the media; and is a regular conference speaker and debater.
She chaired, researched and authored the two major reports on ‘Addictions’ published in Breakdown Britain, in December 2006 and Breakthrough Britain, in July 2007, for the Conservative Party’s Social Justice Policy Review, reports noted for their scathing critique of the cost and efficacy of the UK’s national methadone programme and to which the Conservative’s plans to overhaul treatment policy are attributed.
She blogs regularly on all aspects of drug research, problems and policy on the Centre for Policy Studies website http://www.cps.org.uk/.
Angela Hawken – Professor Pepperdine University, USA
Eduardo Hernández-Alarcón – Ph.D, Vice President for International Programs, CADCA
In 2001, Dr. Hernández-Alarcón received an appointment as a Special Expert at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and relocated to the Washington D.C. area.
Beyond his duties as a Deputy Director for the National Coalition Institute, Dr. Hernández-Alarcón is also leading CADCA’s international work, geared to help communities build coalitions through training and technical assistance. Currently CADCA is providing training and technical assistance to Non-Governmental Organizations in Peru, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Brazil.
Kristina Hillgren – Psychologist, Sweden
Since the 1980’s Kristina Hillgren has generated international exchange of ideas by inviting guest lecturers from different fields to the Karolinska Hospital and other clinical drug treatment and psychiatric facilities. This has resulted in significant dialogue between leading practitioners in Europe, the USA and Cuba, as reflected in treatment and research efforts in many places.
Kristina Hillgren initiated and conducted Sweden’s first baseline study on blood-borne infections among injecting drug users in Stockholm. The research draws on her efforts to photo document the drug injection process. She began this work troubled by the high percentage of HCV infected patients and intrigued by the patients’ theories on how they had gotten infected by hepatitis and/or HIV.
Karin Jordås – Secretary General, Mentor Sweden
Ms. Jordås is a member of the Kompus board.
Rogers Kasirye – Executive Director, Uganda Youth Development Link
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 Commonwealth youth programme, African centre. He also authored several books and papers on drug abuse, social protection, and commercial sexual exploitation.
R. Gil Kerlikowske – Director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy
Mr. Kerlikowske brings nearly four decades of law enforcement and drug policy experience to the position, most recently serving 9 years as the Chief of Police for the Seattle Police Department. When he left, crime in Seattle was at its lowest point in 40 years. In his previous positions Mr. Kerlikowske strongly supported community oriented policing services, which promote partnerships and problem-solving techniques to address conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, drugs, and social disorder.
In addition to his broad background in Federal, State, and local law enforcement, Mr. Kerlikowske served as chair of the board of directors of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national organization focused on how to prevent youth from becoming criminals.
r. Kerlikowske holds a B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Jennifer Kimani – CEO, National Campaign Against Drug Abuse, Kenya
Mrs. Kimani is a trained Educator and Social Demographer well grounded in training, research, planning and policy development. She has worked as the CEO, NACADA Authority for four years. Previously, she worked with several Government Ministries and NGOs in the area of Reproductive Health, education, research, monitoring and evaluation. In addition, she sits in educational Boards of two public schools and committees within the public sector.
Mrs. Kimani has coordinated several surveys on the magnitude of alcohol and drug abuse across the country and spearheaded the development of various Policies/Bills including the National Strategy, National Alcohol Policy and the ongoing Narcotic Drug and Substance Abuse Control Policy. Further, she has participated in drafting and pushing for the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 that has gone through reading and is likely to pass into law in April 2010.
Maria Larsson – Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health, Sweden
Maria Larsson has a Primary School Teacher degree from the Växjö Institute of Education.
Monica Luppi – International Relations Officer, San Patrignano, Italy
Bertha Madras – Dr., Professor, Harvard University, USA
Jorge McDouall – MD, M.H.S, Colombia
Dr Mc Douall has 16 years of experience working in the drug field specifically developing policy, planning and preventive projects. In the prevention field he has been in charge of conducting prevention project for the city of Bogotá and other regions of the country and also developing prevention project for children and adolescents. Currently he is the Executive Director of Mentor Colombia an international-based NGO which has developed preventive initiatives with more than 150.000 children and adolescents in Colombia. He has also been working as a consultant in this topic for the Organization of American States (OAS), UNODC and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in South America.
Linda Nilsson – Project Coordinator, Swedish National Association for a Drug Free Society
Ms. Nilsson has a master degree form Växjö University (2007), Sweden, and worked as a volunteer in Artemovsk, eastern Ukraine 2007-2008.
Craig Nakken – Author and therapist, USA
Jane M. Nakken – PhD, trainer, author, USA
Dr. Nakken has 17 published books and articles, and serves on the faculties of Rutgers University’s Institute on Addiction Studies and Hazelden’s Graduate Program in Addiction Counseling. She holds a BA degree in child and adolescent psychology from the University of Minnesota, her MA in human and health services administration, from St. Mary’s College, and a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University.
Kim Nilvall – Detective Super Intendent, Sweden
Mr Nilvall cooperates with Interpol in the project drugs.net. He is also the Project manager counterpart in development co-operation project between The Swedish National Police Board and Ministry of Interior Republic of Serbia.
Mr Nilvall has also published a number of reports, for example “Crimes Menaces to judicial system, Internet – a new crime scene”, 2006.
Sten Nordin – Mayor of Stockholm
Isidore Obot – Professor, University of Uyo, Nigeria
Professor Obot received his doctorate in social psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, in 1983 and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, in 1984. He began his academic career at the University of Jos in 1985 and has published widely on alcohol and drugs in Africa. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies; assistant editor of Addiction; a member of the editorial boards of several addiction, psychology and public health journals; and a convener of the biennial conference on “Alcohol, Drugs and Society in Africa”.
Solomon Tshimong Rataemane – Professor, South Africa
Mike Sabin – Founder/managing director of drug education group Methcon
Mike is a respected commentator and expert lecturer on methamphetamine, drug abuse, drug policy strategy nationally and internally including the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. He is the recipient of numerous leadership, community and business awards.
Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky – President Brazilian Humanitarians in Action, Brazil
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. She has 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.
Manuel Moreira de Sampaio Pimentel – City Councillor, Porto, Portugal
From 2003 to 2005 he was Vice-President of CCDR – Norte (The North Regional Coordination and Development Commission).
He was elected in 2005 as City Councillor/Member of the City Government and was responsible for the portfolio of Economic Activities and Civil Protection. He was re-elected in 2009 and is, since then, the City Councillor / Member of the City Government responsible for Civil Protection, Internal Control and Inspection. He is now in charge for the Municipal Department of Inspection; the Municipal Police; the Fire Brigade; Vice-President of the Executive Board of the municipal company “Águas do Porto”; Member of the General Assembly of the Centre for Information on Consume and Arbitration of Porto and Executive Manager of the “Mercado Abastecedor do Porto” (Porto’s Wholesale Market).
Roxana Stere – International relations, SNSPA University in Bucharest, Romania
David Turner – Chair of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, United Kingdom
Raymond Yans – Member of the International Narcotics Control Board
Mr. Yans is author of numerous articles, including: “The future of the Dublin Group” (2004) and “Is there anything such as a European Union Common Drug Policy” (2005). Between 1995-2007 he was a member of the Belgian delegation to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
Mr. Yans has participated on a number of international conferences and work-shops. Since 2007 he is a member of the International Narcotics Control Board.
Juan Alberto Yaría – Director, Institute for the Prevention of Drug Addiction
Master in Drug Addiction, University of Deusto, Spain. Graduate Degree for teachers.
Dr. Yaria is the Director of the Institute for the Prevention of Drug Addiction – Universidad del Salvador and the Director since 1973 in Gradiva TC. He was the Secretary of Prevention and Care of Addictions Government of the Province of Buenos Aires – 1993/2000. Dr. Yaria has published a number of books about psychology and addiction, among others “Drug Addiction Breviary” (2009) and “Drugs, School, Family and Prevention” (2005). He is also a frequently invited expert and has participated as speaker in numerous national and international conferences on the complexity of the issue of addiction.