KEYNOTE - Bertha K. Madras, PhD, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Madras is a psychobiologist whose research focuses on neurobiology, imaging, and medications development for neuropsychiatric disorders. She previously served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and in 2016 was appointed as one of six members of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Read full bio.
KEYNOTE - Karen P. Tandy, Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
Ms. Tandy has more than 40 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors. She is the Executive Vice President of NLW Partners LLC, an education, research and addiction recovery consulting firm with comprehensive online treatment of substance use disorders. She was appointed by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as the first female to head the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where she managed a $2.4 billion budget and approximately 11,000 employees in 86 global offices from 2003-2007. Read full bio.
Chuck Doucette, President, Drug Prevention Network of Canada
Mr. Doucette served over 35 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the majority of them spent in various aspects of drug enforcement. His last twelve years in the RCMP were spent in charge of the Drug Awareness Service for British Columbia and the Yukon, responsible for coordinating community-based drug prevention/education initiatives. Read full bio.
Per Johansson, Secretary General, National Association for a Drug-Free Society
Mr. Johansson took part in organizing the First World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm in September 2008. Based on that experience, four of the Swedish NGOs that organized that forum founded the World Federation Against Drugs, WFAD, in 2009. Read full bio.
Rogers Kasirye, Executive director, Uganda Youth Development Link
Mr. Kasirye is a global leader advocating for the protection of youth and children. In addition to his role as Executive Director of UYDEL in Uganda, 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. Read full bio.
Alice P. Mead, Vice President, US Public Policy & Public Affairs, Greenwich Biosciences
Ms. Mead focuses on domestic and international drug control laws and policy issues, and represents one of the first companies in the world to develop cannabis-derived medications as prescription products in adherence to modern scientific and regulatory standards for pharmaceutical products. Read full bio.
George Ochieng Odalo, Executive Director, Slum Child Foundation
Mr. Ochieng has extensive experience in social work and working with and protecting slum children and youth. Growing up as a slum/street child in Nairobi, he is dedicated to helping children in similar situations and sees their potential, and he represents the voice of vulnerable children in the global drug policy debate. Read full bio.
Sheila Polk, County Attorney for Yavapai County, Arizona
In 2016, Ms. Polk led the statewide effort to defeat the legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona. She is also the driving stimulus behind the nationally-renowned law enforcement course, What You Do Matters: Lessons from the Holocaust. In 2018, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum recognized Ms. Polk as an “agent of change” for her accomplishments. Read full bio.
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