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Featured Speakers


Think Globally, Act Locally In Response to the Drug Epidemic



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.


KEYNOTE - Thomas Gorman, Director, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Mr. Gorman served for 10 years as an undercover narcotics agent in California. In 1990 he was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of statewide drug enforcement operations, and in 1997 he retired to head the Rocky Mountain HIDTA. As Director of the RM HIDTA, Mr. Gorman has monitored the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado. He is the author of The Myths of Drug Legalization and Marijuana Legalization: The Issues. Read full bio.


David Best, PhD, Professor & Head of Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

Trained as a psychologist and criminologist, Mr. Best has worked in practice, research and policy in the areas of addiction recovery and rehabilitation of offenders. He has authored or co-edited five books on addiction recovery, and has written more than 180 peer-reviewed journal publications and around 70 book chapters and technical reports. 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.


Robert L. DuPont, MD, President, Institute for Behavior and Health

For 50 years, Dr. DuPont has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He was the first Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). In 1978 he became the founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit research and policy organization that identifies and promotes powerful new ideas to reduce drug use and addiction Read full bio.


Merilee Fowler, Executive Director, MATFORCE

Under Ms. Fowler’s leadership, MATFORCE - a nationally recognized substance abuse coalition - has been awarded seven national awards including the 2013 Coalition of the Year by CADCA. She is a nationally sought after speaker as well as an award winning servant leader and community organizer. Read full bio.


Esbjörn Hörnberg, International President, World Federation Against Drugs

In addition to serving as the President of WFAD, Mr. Hörnberg has served since 2003 as the Executive Director of IOGT International, the premier global network for evidence-based policy measures and community-based interventions to prevent and reduce harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. 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.


David Martin, PhD, President & Chief Science Officer, JMJ Technologies

Dr. Martin is a pioneer in the drug testing and treatment industry and author over 100 articles, abstracts and presentations on drug testing. He is the President and Chief Science Officer of JMJ Technologies and is the former Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). Read full bio.

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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.


Paul Molloy, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford House International

Mr. Molloy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Oxford House, Inc. (OHI), the non-profit organization that charters Oxford Houses – self-run, self-supported recovery houses for individuals recovering from substance use disorders and those with co-occurring mental illness. Oxford House now supports an international group of more than 2,500 Oxford Houses located in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Ghana, England, Canada and Australia. Read full bio.


Luke Niforatos, Chief of Staff & Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Mr. Niforatos presides over strategic federal, state, and educational initiatives at SAM. Previously he worked with behavioral health-integrated Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout the state of Colorado. Read full bio.


Linda Nilsson, Secretary General, World Federation Against Drugs

Ms. Nilsson has been a leader at WFAD for many years as well as the Swedish National Association for a Drug-Free Society (RNS). She has represented the global voice of prevention serving on the Civil Society Task Force on Drugs for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem and the Ministerial Segment of the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2019. The Task Force serves as the official liaison between the United Nations and civil society. Read full bio.

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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.


Amy Ronshausen, Executive Director, Drug Free America Foundation

In addition to her leadership role at DFAF, Ms. Ronshausen is the Executive Director of Save Our Society from Drugs (SOS). In her many years of work in the field of prevention, she has assisted successful grassroots advocacy campaigns, analyzed and tracked state and federal drug policy legislation, and trained prevention professionals at local and national conferences. Read full bio.


Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, President and CEO, Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Dr. Sabet is an author, consultant, former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, assistant professor, and serves as the President and CEO of SAM, which he founded with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in 2013. He has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. Read full bio.