- United States of America
Kevin McGirr is Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing; has taught in schools of medicine, social work and public health and was a Fulbright Scholar in Pondicherry India, 2013-2014. He has over forty years experience in providing and managing behavioral health services; holds master’s degrees in public health, psychiatric nursing and ABD in public health. He has been involved in the training and development of harm reduction services and in particular utilizing Harm Reduction Tobacco interventions for persons with serious mental illness.
- New Zealand
Marewa Glover is director of the independent Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking based in Auckland, New Zealand. Funded by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, the center aims to reduce the harms associated with tobacco use among all indigenous people globally. Glover is also tobacco section editor for the international Harm Reduction Journal.
As a behavioral scientist, Glover has led and collaborated on many studies resulting in more than 100 scientific publications. In 2019, she was one of three finalists for the prestigious New Zealander of the Year Award in recognition of her dedication to reducing tobacco smoking harm over the past 30 years and advocating for a harm-reduction approach to combustible cigarette smoking.
In June 2019, Glover won awards for Best Picture and Best Director at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, Poland, for a short video series that she wrote and commissioned. At the 2018 Global Forum on Nicotine Glover received the Outstanding Advocate award from the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations. Glover is a former professor of public health at Massey University and a former chair of End Smoking NZ, a charitable trust that has lobbied for tobacco harm reduction for more than a decade.
Dr. Sree T.Sucharitha, M.D currently Professor in Department of Community Medicine and Research Co-ordinator at Tagore Medical College and Hospital Chennai, India holds Fellowship in HIV Medicine from I-Tech India which is a joint program with collaboration with Tamil Nadu government. She is also Fellow of Asian Human Rights and Drug Policy. Won Best paper awards for presentations at Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR University (2018), IJRULA- Best Research Scientist-Environment Science (2018), Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (2019). She is the Founding-Director of AHRER-Association for Harm Reduction Education and Research, a first-ever registered medical professionals body in India for increasing the public awareness of harms resulting due to various human behaviours associated with tobacco consumption, narcotics, alcohol, and obesity.
- United States of America
Dr Brad Rodu is a professor of medicine and holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research at the University of Louisville, Kentucky USA. Since 1994 Rodu has authored 70 medical publications about tobacco, and he blogs at Rodu Tobacco Truth (http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/).
- South Africa
Derek Yach MBChB MPH, is a global health expert focused on addressing major chronic diseases, mental health and their underlying risks. He has led major initiatives to address tobacco use, healthy diets, and mental health at the World Health Organization, Yale, PepsiCo, the Vitality Group, and most recently as President and founder of the Foundation for a Smoke Free World. Derek has published over 250 peer reviewed publications. He has served on several advisory boards including those led by the World Economic Forum, Wellcome Trust, NIH's Fogarty Center, and Cornerstone Capital. He currently is a member of APCO's International Advisory Board. He lives in Connecticut, USA and swims most days.