YPKP Indonesian Public Health Observer and first convenor of Asia Harm Reduction
Prof. Dr. Achmad Syawqie Yazid, Drg. MS is a public health educator, researcher, and advocate in Indonesia. With three decades of teaching experience, he is a Lecturer at the Department of Anatomical Pathology of the Universitas Padjadjaran, where he authored and co-authored academic journals on cancer biology, cell culture, molecular cell biology, gene expression, and immunohistochemistry. In 2015, he founded the Indonesian Public Health Observer Foundation (Yayasan Pemerhati Kesehatan Publik) to raise awareness and promote engagement on disease prevention through harm reduction studies and campaigns. Currently, he is focused on communicating the potentials offered by alternative tobacco products in addressing the smoking problem in the country.
Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association Chairman
Dr. Joe Kosterich is renowned doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant. He is currently an advisor for Little Green Pharma, an editor for Clinical Forum Magazine, and consultant for Reed Medical Education. He is also an independent writer who manages a health website, and has two self-published books. Dr. Joe has held senior positions in the Australian Medical Association, and sat on numerous industry and government boards. He was also the Spokesperson of Virtual Medical Centre, and Medical Director of Onsite Health Solutions. He received his degree in Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) from the University of Western Australia.
University of Ottawa Centre for Health, Law, Policy, and Ethics Advisory Committee Chair
David T. Sweanor, JD is the chair of the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa. His interests and expertise mainly focus on the interaction of law and economics as a determinant of public health. Since the early 1980s, he has worked on tobacco and health policy concerns in the national and global settings. He has also served major international bodies and social service organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the International Union Against Cancer. In addition to his tobacco policy work, he supports other advocacies, such as nutrition, prison reform, human rights, education and physical activity. He is a recipient of Ottawa’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award and Pan-American Health Organization's Public Health Hero lifetime achievement award.
ENDs Cigarette Smoke Thailand Director and Founding Member
Mr. Asa Ace Saligupta is a director and founder of the ENDs Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST), and a member of the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO) Governing Board. Mr. Asa is a champion of consumer rights, lending a strong voice to promote accessible information and informed choice for all. As a harm reduction advocate, he has actively supported national and international advocacy groups in raising awareness and lobbying policies on tobacco alternatives through public campaigns, knowledge sharing, and representation in global events. He is a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University and Rajabhat University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Assumption University in Thailand, and his Master’s Degree from Avila University in the USA.
Quit for Good
Dr. Lorenzo Mata, Jr. is the current president of Quit For Good, a non-stock, non-profit organization committed to spreading awareness about the grave consequences of smoking tobacco as well as creating solutions to the tobacco smoking epidemic. As a veteran medical practitioner and family health doctor, Dr. Lorenz actively promotes sustainable and tangible solutions to the rampant smoking of combustible tobacco cigarettes in the Philippines. He believes that by further informing the public about this widespread problem as well as creating science-based public policy (and, of course, the effective implementation of such), we may, as a country, achieve the complete cessation of tobacco smoking.
Aliansi Vaper Indonesia Chairman
Mr. Johan Sumantri is the Managing Director of Keluarga Noir Sejahtera, an Indonesian OEM and Toll E-Liquid Manufacturer. He is a staunch advocate for “vaping” as an effective alternative to smoking tobacco, serving as Chairman of the Asosiasi Vaper Indonesia. With extensive experience in the business, Mr. Sumantri points out problems in the accessibility of smoking alternatives for Indonesian consumers in particular. He believes that proper legislation is a key factor in how locals will be able to make the switch to alternative tobacco products, and how the economic burden may be lifted from local consumers and alternative tobacco product businesses.
Counterfactual Consulting Ltd. Director
Mr. Clive Bates, current director of Counterfactual Consulting Limited, an organization based in Abuja, Nigeria and London, UK dedicated to public interest policy consulting and analytical advocacy, is a staunch advocate for environment and public health, sustainability, energy, and good governance. He possesses a knack for spotting risks and opportunities from various points-of-view due to his extensive experience and involvement in a variety of institutions. To name a few, he has served as Head of the UN Environmental Programme, the leading global environmental authority, in Sudan; Special Advisor to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change; and Director of Action on Smoking and Health (A.S.H.), an international organization working towards eliminating harm caused by tobacco.