Under the patronage of H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden

Abbas Deilamizade

As Chairman in Asian DDR NGOs Association (ADNA) and Managing Director at Rebirth Society, a non-profit organization, Abbas Deilamizade sees a good variety of solutions that are offered by politicians and researchers when it comes to substance addiction. According to Abbas Deilamizade two contradictory ideas, abstinence based treatment and harm reduction, can be integrated. “Speaking out of experience, Rebirth Society rooted in abstinence based drug recovery, proved successful to have abstinence and harm reduction interactively complement and reinforce each other.”

Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Senator Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki is the President of the 8th Senate and Chairman, National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Dr. Saraki is currently serving his second term as Senator representing Kwara Central. Before his election Dr. Saraki had been twice elected as Gvernor of Kwara State, North Central Nigera, serving for a period of eight years. During this time, Dr. Saraki delivered major reforms for the benefit for its citizens. During the time since Dr. Saraki became President of Senate, he has already demonstrated a remarkable ability to engineer bi-partisan cooperation and consensus on important issues such as the screening of ministerial nominees and the 2016 Appropriation Bill.

Ali Reunanen

Ali Reunanen is an "Addictologist" and runs ARA, Ali Reunanen Addictologist, business since 2011. As an addictologist, Ali Reunanen works to transform peoples’ addiction to resource and knowledge, involving areas of alcohol/drugs, criminality, gambling, work, shopping and food addiction. Ali Reunanen also works within the business sector, supporting companies that in one way or another have stagnated in their work relations or have lost motivation. Having previous experience of addiction and criminality, Ali Reunanen was active in starting KRIS, “Criminals’ Return into Society” in 1997. Since then, Ali Reunanen has worked for different treatment facilities throughout Sweden as well as an operations developer (2007-2010) for the drug wing at NVB. Ali Reunanen is currently Secretary of the Board of KRIS National.

Anncharlotte gustavsson

AnnCharlotte (Lotta) Gustavsson has a Bachelor in Social Work and has worked for over thirty years within Prison and Probation Service. AnnCharlotte Gustavsson has amongst other areas focused on developing methods regarding civil participation and with women serving sentences. AnnCharlotte Gustavsson is a trained MI-trainer (motivational interviewing) and has cooperated in training correctional treatment employees in MI. AnnCharlotte Gustavsson has for the past eight years worked at Vägen ut! Kooperativen (Way out! Cooperatives) with developing and securing quality in labor integrating social enterprises. She currently holds the position of franchise leader for the treatment concept at one of Vägen ut!’s housing facilities, Villa Vägen ut!

Ann-Sofie Hermansson

As Chair of the City Executive Board, City of Gothenburg. Ann-Sofie Hermansson has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Sociology, from the University of Gothenburg and has held position of local representative, Swedish Social Democrats, in the European Parliament, been a Member of the Chief Guardians’ Committee in Gothenburg and has previously worked as policy advisor to the Social Democrats and policy officer in the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, Stockholm.

asia ashraf

Asia Ashraf holds a Bachelor in Applied Psychology, Chemistry, and Zoology and Masters in Applied Psychology, from Punjab University, Pakistan. Asia Ashraf is the Director Rehabilitation and Head of Psychology Department at Sunny Trust, Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre. Besides management, program implementation and monitoring, as well as supervision of treatment and rehabilitation, she has created the first ‘Recovery Club’ - A self-help and mutual-help program at Sunny Trust. Under the flagship of Sunny Trust, Asia Ashraf is currently setting up separate, female-friendly treatment and rehabilitation center for women with drug use and mental health disorders.

Bert-Inge Karlsson

Bert-Inge Karlsson works as Counselor at Klippan’s High School in Sweden. Bert-Inge Karlsson has previously worked in drug treatment and as coordinator of the Swedish Municipalities’ work within the drug field. Bert-Inge Karlsson has been the engine in implementing a new drug policy including random drug testing among students at Klippan’s High School. This model is today used by a vast amount of schools in Sweden.

Bertha Madras

Bertha K. Madras, PhD, is a professor of Psychobiology at Harvard Medical School, based at McLean Hospital and cross-appointed at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Bertha Madras’ research takes focus on neurobiology, imaging, and medication development for neuropsychiatric disorders. Bertha Madras has held the position of Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, a presidential appointment confirmed unanimously by the US Senate. Dr. Madras recently served as a panelist at the Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences and was appointed as one of six members of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis in 2017. Furthermore, Dr. Madras is recipient of an NIH MERIT award and a NIDA Public Service Award among others.

Björn Hibell

Björn Hibell, PhD, has worked in the alcohol and drug field for more than 40 years. In the late 1970's and early 80's he worked at the University of Stockholm. For almost 30 years, Björn Hibell was the Managing Director of the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN). Together with a colleague, Björn Hibell initiated the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) and was the coordinator for 20 years. Between 1995-2013 Björn Hibell was a board member of the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) between 2001-2013.

Bob Bushman

Bob Bushman is the President of National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, USA. Having worked for 24 years within the narcotics unit as an undercover investigator, a field agent, and a field supervisor, Bob Bushman was appointed Minnesota's first Statewide Gang and Drug Task Force Coordinator in 2006, and has directed and coordinated the activities of 24 drug and violent crime task forces throughout Minnesota. Providing technical assistance, developing and delivering training programs, and measuring policy compliance through the evaluation of field and administrative operations. He implemented a statewide guidelines manual and event de-confliction system to promote officer safety during law enforcement operations.

Boro Goic

After successfully completing rehabilitation, Boro Goic has been actively involved in the recovery field since 2002. Boro Goic established the NGO Celebrate Recovery,  with the aim to help individuals and families recover from drug addiction and is active in grass root activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2013 Boro Goic became Chair of Recovered Users Network, a unique European platform which represents the voices and rights of previous users. Furthermore, Boro Goic has been part of a global drug policy debate as a representative of recovered users and advocates for balanced and recovery oriented drug policies on national, European and UN level.

Charli Eriksson

Charli Eriksson, professor emeritus in Public Health Sciences previously at University of Örebro, has been studying what works in drug prevention. As the former director of the National center for child health promotion, Charli Eriksson has been publishing on public health and on evidence for effective prevention of drugs use and health promotion.

Charlotte Colman

Prof. dr. Charlotte Colman’s work is deployed to the research group “Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy” (IRCP) attached to the Department of Criminology, Criminal law and Social law at Ghent University, Belgium. In her career, Charlotte Colman has been working on different national, international, and EU research projects concerning, amongst other areas, drug policy evaluation, recovery and desistance as well as alternatives to incarceration for drug-involved offenders, drug-related crime and drug supply. In 2017, Charlotte Colman was granted a FWO postdoctoral fellowship to continue her previous research on recovery capital in desistance and recovery. 

Dag Endal

Dag Endal is the Project coordinator of FORUT, a Norwegian development NGO. Specialized in alcohol and drugs as a development issue, Dag Endal also hold the position of Coordinator of the Global Civil Society Network Drug Policy Futures. Furthermore, Dag Endal is founding President of Actis, the Norwegian Alcohol and Drug Policy Alliance.

D.A.R.E. America/International Youth Advocacy Board

The Youth Advocacy Board (YAB) was initiated by D.A.R.E America/International in 2000. The YAB gives D.A.R.E. graduates an opportunity to speak to issues impacting the national and worldwide D.A.R.E. program and to advise D.A.R.E.  programs, government and community leaders on drug and violence prevention strategies beneficial to our youth. The YAB is comprised of one high school student per State in the United States, as well as representatives from other nations. During the past two years, YABs have participated in a special training program designed to enhance their substance abuse prevention advocacy capability and capacity. Each YAB has developed and executed projects in which they have been able to employ the skills they have developed.

david best

David Best is Professor of Criminology at the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University and visiting Associate Professor of Addiction Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. David Best holds multiple degrees including a Master’s degree in Criminology and a Ph.D. in the Psychology of Addictions. Having authored three books on addiction recovery, as well as written a vast number of publications, book chapters and technical reports, David Best’s current research revolves around recovery pathways, recovery capital and its measures, social identity theory, recovery and desistance, mentoring and addiction treatment. David Best is currently the Principal Investigator on a European project on recovery models and philosophies in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

Deirdre Boyd

For two decades, Deirdre Boyd has been a leader in the field of recovery from addiction. Deirdre Boyd was elected by the public to receive the ‘Directory of Social Change Influencer of the Year Award’ 2012. The International Council on Alcohol and Addictions presented Deirdre Boyd with the ‘Dr Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Services’, Deirdre Boyd has also received a Sierra Tucson Award for Outstanding Achievement. Appearing as an expert concerning addiction-recovering issues, Deidre Boyd has written for national and international publications. Based in the UK, Deirdre Boyd heads DB Recovery Resources, which was recently chosen to channel Hazelden Publishing’s addiction recovery guides in the UK and Europe.

emanuel adrian sÂrbu

Emanuel Adrian Sârbu is a senior lecturer and associate professor of Sociology, Social Work and Religious Studies at Bucharest University. He is also the Head of Department for the Relation with the Civil Society and other Social Actors from the General Directorate of Social Welfare – Bucharest Municipality. Emanuel Adrian Sârbu’s research agenda and interest is focused on suicide prevention, substance use, public policies, social welfare systems, social research methodology as well as counselling the disfavored categories. Emanuel Adrian Sârbu has authored and co-authored eight books and numerous articles and scientific studies in the fields of Suicidology, Sociology and Social Work among others.

Erik Leijonmarck

Erik Leijonmarck is the Secretary General of European Cities Action Network for Drug Free Societies (ECAD). He holds a degree in Political Science from Uppsala University, specializing in international relations and foreign policy decision making.  As Secretary General of ECAD Erik Leijonmarck travels across Europe and the world to disseminate knowledge on various aspects of drug policy and practice. Drawing from experiences of many ECAD cities and countries, Erik Leijonmarck brings together best practices on prevention, treatment and social reintegration of drug addicts as well as supply reduction and policing with the aim of improving the health and security of citizens across Europe. Furthermore, Erik Leijonmarck is a member of the European Commission expert group Civil Society Forum on drugs and is a regular contributor of civil society input to the United Nations Commission in Narcotic Drugs.

Eze Eluchie

Qualified as an Attorney-at-Law in Nigerian since 1989, Eze Eluchie, Executive Director of People Against Drug Dependence & Ignorance, has devoted his professional life towards the protection and enforcement of human and health rights in very challenging environments. Eze Eluchie is currently on the Board/Executive Committees of diverse national and international networks of civil society organizations, inclusive of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) Alliance and the Chairperson, West Africa CSO Network CSOs in Substance Abuse (WANCSA), amongst others. Eze Eluchie also serves as a Board Member (Africa) of the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD).

Geroge Ochieng Odalo

Geroge Ochieng Odalo is the Executive Director and founder of Slum Child Foundation, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Geroge Ochieng Odalo has extensive experience in social work and working with and on protection of slum children and youth. Growing up himself as a slum child in Nairobi, Geroge Ochieng Odalo is dedicated to helping children in similar situations and sees their potential. Geroge Ochieng Odalo represents the voice of vulnerable children in the global drug policy debate. Furthermore, Geroge Ochieng Odalo was one of the invited speakers at the civil society hearing in the preparations for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session for the World Drug Problem 2016.

Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir

Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir is the Vice Chairman in the for Social democratic alliance in Iceland and holds position as City Councilor in Reykjavík. Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir is a board member of ECAD and Planet youth and the public health committee in Reykjavik. Educated as a dietitian, Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir holds a Master in food and nutrition, MBA and with a diploma in positive psychology. 

Issah Ali

As the executive director of Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and the Head of Secretariat of the West African Alcohol Policy Alliance (WAAPA), Issah Ali joined development work in 1999 and has over 20 years’ experience in health and other development issues, focusing specifically on reproductive health, tobacco control, alcohol prevention and drug abuse. Issah Ali also has experience within areas of peace building and conflict prevention as well as youth, gender and community empowerment. Issah Ali currently holds a position as board member of the Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control (FCA).


As a MD, Psychiatrist-Addictologist, Ivan Celic is the Head of the Department of Dual Diagnosis at the University Psychiatric Hospital Vrapce in Zagreb, Croatia. Ivan Celic is also Vice President of Board of Health and Social Policy in the Croatian Parliament. Ivan Celic urges that ‘the development of effective treatments for opioid dependence is of great importance given the devastating consequences of the disease’ and establishes that Opioid substitution therapy (OST) has been established as the gold standard in treating opioid use disorders.  Ivan Celic opts for harm reduction leading to full recovery stating that ‘Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential”

Jessica Andersson

Jessica Andersson works, together with Ulla Kungur, with prevention and narcotic prevention within the City of Gothenburg at Kunskapskällarn'. Mainly targeting primary and secondary schools with support and assistance for ANDT-work (Alcohol, Drugs, Doping, Tobacco), drug preventive work in the boroughs of Gothenburg are supported by drug-use surveys within primary and secondary schools. The results regarding which risk and protection factors that affect drug use are in line with other research within the area of prevention. According to the results, there are major differences between schools which is why strategic work to provide individual support for schools should be offered in accordance to needs. Working preventative through schools can have positive effects on risk and protection factors.

Johanna Gripenberg

Dr. Johanna Gripenberg is a researcher and the Director at STAD (Stockholm prevents alcohol and drug problems). STAD is a research and development unit within Stockholm Centre for Psychiatric Research, Stockholm County Council and the Karolinska Institutet at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Dr. Johanna Gripenberg’s research field is prevention science, focusing on the development, implementation and evaluation of alcohol and drug prevention programs within the local community.

Jón Sigfússon

Jón Sigfússon holds a Master of Public Health and Education from the University of Reykjavik, Iceland. Jón Sigfússon is the Director of Planet Youth, an evidence based drug prevention program, as well as the Director of the Icelandic Centre of Social research and Analysis, ISCRA. The research output produced by the Centre continues to be at the forefront of international research efforts, which is evidenced with publications in peer-reviewed journals covering a wide spectrum of health and social issues concerning adolescents. Furthermore, Jón Sigfússon has published and lectured extensively in “Evidence based policymaking in the field of drug prevention” and “Adolescence Substance Abuse prevention.

Justin Luke Riley

Justin Luke Riley serves as President & CEO of Young People in Recovery (YPR). YPR envisions a world where everyone can access the necessary tools to recover from substance use disorder and associated high-risk behaviors. At 29 years-old, Justin L. Riley has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. Justin L. Riley has graduated cum laude from the Honors & Leadership Program at the University of Colorado at Denver and recently completed his Executive MBA at the University of Colorado. A former organizational development consultant and a youth and community engagement Pastor in Denver, Justin L. Riley is also former Secretary of the Board of Faces & Voices of Recovery in Washington, DC. and past President of the Board of Advocates for Recovery in Denver.

karin jordås

Karin Jordås holds a degree in Education from Stockholm University. She is Secretary General of Mentor International, a youth development nonprofit organization that works globally to empower young people and prevent drug abuse. Karin Jordås is also head of Mentor Sweden, a national organization under the Mentor International umbrella. Karin Jordås previously held a position as Development Manager at Sweden’s Department of Special Education, where she advised the Swedish government on educational standards. According to Karin Jordås, “over 30-years working with young people gives you a lot of experience and knowledge of strategic negotiations, communications, marketing and psychology, as well as a lot of tolerance and self-restraint!”.

kerstin eriksson

Kerstin Eriksson has a degree in Civil Economics and has many years of experience within the idea-based health and social care sector. Kerstin Eriksson is former Director and Chief Executive Officer for LP-organization’s, a Christian addiction movement, non-profit national organization, former Industry Policy Manager at Famna – The Swedish Association for Non-Profit Health and Social Service Providers. Kerstin Eriksson currently holds the position as Confederal Secretary for SIMON – Swedes and Immigrants against Narcotics. Kerstin Eriksson holds a strong commitment, and is engaged both nationally and internationally, to issues concerning health and social care, alcohol and narcotics as well as the growth of the non-profit sector.

Kevin Sabet

Dr. Kevin Sabet is affiliated with Yale University and is the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and holds position as Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine. Kevin Sabet is currently President and CEO of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which he has co-founded with Patrick J. Kennedy. Among other achievements Kevin Sabet is the author of the book 'Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana' and a consultant to numerous domestic and international organizations including the United Nations. Kevin Sabet served in the Obama Administration, 2009-2011, as the Senior Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Kim Nilvall

Kim Nilvall currently holds the position as Detective Inspector, case officer, at the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation – Intelligence section. Kim Nilvall has previously worked as an adviser, project development and external expert, cooperating with Interpol in the development of “project drug net” and is Co-producer and developer of an analytical methodology; Strategic Capacity Assessments within organized crime, “The criminal Arboristic approach” (CAP). Kim Nilvall has previously held positions within Police capacity building project in Serbia and the National Police Academy, among others. Furthermore, Kim Nilvall has produced multiple of publications and has carried out a vast amount of training assignments.

Leena Haraké

Leena Haraké is the Executive Director of Women's Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drugs.

Lena Stenberg

Lena Stenberg is the founder of the Women’s Home Rosen, a treatment center and accommodation for women, where she works as a treatment provider and as deputy manager. Lena Stenberg has many years of experience in leading and developing qualitative women’s treatment at the Women’s Home Rosen.

Lennart Karlsson

Lennart Karlsson is Detective Superintendent within Swedish police force and is an expert on drug issues. Lennart Karlsson has vast experience of international cooperation and is an appreciated lecturer and trainer, giving lectures in both Swedish and English. Furthermore, Lennart Karlsson is Chair of ‘Svenska Narkotikapolisföreningen’, Swedish Narcotic Officers Association (SNOA). The Board of SNOA has over a total of 430 years’ experience working in the judiciary system. With 2100 members from police, customs, prosecutor’s office and from the Swedish national forensic laboratory, SNOA is a consultative body within drug issues for the Swedish government. Every year, SNOA informs and educates a multitude of students, civilians and law enforcement officers on drug related issues.

Margaret Kasoma

Margaret Kasoma is a trained therapist in Trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy at Boston University and received training as supervisor at Hopkins University. Margaret Kasoma is qualified in Addiction Counselling, holds a diploma in general counselling within the areas of concentration regarding child and adult intervention methods, she holds a HIV/AIDS Counselling Certificate and is trained in Child Counselling. Margaret Kasoma is interested in developing and carrying out interventions in psycho social support and healthcare that are community suited and has participated in sensitization and awareness raising on issues of substance abuse in various communities.

Marina Johansson

Marina Johansson is a long-standing Deputy Mayor for the City of Gothenburg, who has held a wide range of political portfolios. Representing the Social Democrats, Marina Johansson currently holds political responsibility for social affairs and public health and is a member a member of the City Executive Board of the City Council. Marina Johansson is a trained nurse with experience within the Swedish Municipal Workers Union and has a strong commitment to issues regarding security, equality and equal opportunities. Among other positions, Marina Johansson currently resides as the President of ECAD Sweden (European Cities Against Drugs) and is a board member of Reves (European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy as well as a member of the Eurocities Social Forum.

Michael Jonsson

Dr. Michael Jonsson holds a Ph.D in political science from the Department of Government at Uppsala University and currently works as a Deputy Research Director at the Swedish Defense Research Agency. His dissertation, A Farewell to Arms. Motivational Change and Divergence Inside FARC-EP 2004-2012 (Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2014), focuses on motives for recruitment into and defection from the FARC guerilla in Colombia, based on more than 100 interviews with FARC ex-combatants. In 2013-2017, Michael Jonsson was one of two lead researchers for a project on reintegration of ex-combatants in Colombia. In 2008-2012, Michael Jonsson was the lead researcher for several research projects funded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on money laundering and terrorist financing.

Nanziri Immaculate

Nanziri Immaculate is a Senior Social Worker involved in Alcohol, Drug and Substance abuse prevention interventions in Uganda. Currently employed by Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) since 2014, Nanziri Immaculate is involved in prevention activities targeting school age youth living in the slums through working with local leaders, schools, parents and other stakeholders in prevention activities. Nanziri Immaculate holds great experience in how to effectively support young people through the rehabilitation process. Furthermore, Nanziri Immaculate has been involved in networking activities, information and knowledge sharing among the drug abuse civil society organizations in Uganda as well as internationally.

Neil McKeganey

Neil McKeganey, PhD, is a sociologist who has undertaken a wide range of studies in the area of substance use and misuse, including research into the nature and extent of pre-teen drug use, the link between drugs and crime, the effectiveness of treatment services and the impact of parental drug use on children. In 1994, Neil McKeganey founded the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow. Neil McKeganey has worked in conjunction with a wide range of governments and international bodies including the WHO, UNODC, and the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2011 Neil formed the Centre for Substance Use Research as an independent research grouping undertaking research in the substance use field within the U.K., Europe and the United States. In 2012, Neil McKeganey was awarded the Nils Bejerot prize for his contribution to international drug policy.

Niklas Martti

Niklas Martti is a Program Manager working at the International Department of the IOGT-NTO Movement in Stockholm. Niklas Martti has recently come back from a field trip to Southeast Asia visiting different partner organizations, including the Thai Community Empowerment Foundation (T-CEF) and some of their activities in northern Thailand. The IOGT-NTO Movement is working with alcohol and drugs as an obstacle to development through cooperation with partner organizations and networks in 14 different countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The work is based on community initiatives, holistic participatory approaches are utilized where different actors within communities, civil society and service providing public institutions are involved in the contribution for societal development.

patricia ros garcía

Patricia Ros García is a clinical psychologist, University of Barcelona, and Master in Psychotherapy of groups and organizations, University of Deusto, Bilbao. Patricia Ros García has been the Director of the Service of Drugs Prevention, City Hall of Tarragona since 2000. During which the Drugs Prevention received first prize in the category of Communinty Drug Prevention granted by National Plan against Drugs. Patricia Ros García is a co-founder of the Perifèrics Network, formed by private entities and public bodies that work in the field of drug prevention all over Catalonia. She has previously directed a Centre for addicts’ rehabilitation for 10 years. Furthermore, Patricia Ros García is a Senior Advisor of Planet Youth.

Paul MOlloy

Paul Molloy, Attorney, is CEO and Co-Founder of Oxford House, Inc., (OHI) the non-profit, tax-exempt organization that charters Oxford Houses. Oxford Houses are self-run, self-supported recovery houses for individuals recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction operating under the “Oxford House Model”, a community-based approach to addiction treatment. Paul Molloy has previously served on the Boards of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)and VISION, a model program in Silver Spring, MD providing intervention and training for homeless individuals.

Peggy Fulton Hora

Judge Peggy Fulton Hora is the President of the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC. Judge Hora is retired from the California Superior Court where she had a criminal assignment that included presiding over the Drug Treatment Court. Former dean of the B.E. Witkin Judicial College of California, she has been on the Faculty of the National Judicial College for 25 years. Amongst many achievements, Judge Hora was a Senior Judicial Fellow for the National Drug Court Institute and the Global Centre for Drug Treatment Courts. Judge Hora is an international leader in the solution-focused courts movement and has written comprehensively on justice issues. Her international work includes hands-on training on drug courts and therapeutic jurisprudence in countries worldwide.

Per Johansson

Per Johansson has worked as a Secretary General for the National Association for a Drug-free Society (RNS) since the early 1990s. Per Johansson came across the problem of drug abuse while working a year at a mental hospital in between high school and college. In 1979 he came in contact with RNS and met Professor Nils Bejerot, psychiatrist, who founded the organization. Per 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 the Forum founded the World Federation Against Drugs, WFAD, in 2009. Since then four more Forums have been arranged – in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Per Johansson has taken an active role in making WFAD an important player in the world from his position as the Secretary of the Board.

Peter Johansson

Peter Johansson holds a Bachelor in Social work and works at Vägen ut!, a social enterprise. Peter Johansson is supervisor for licenses regarding HVB’s, homes for care or accommodation, as well as holds position as Operations Manager at Villa Vägen ut!, one of Vägen ut!’s housing facilities. Peter Johansson has previous experience of addiction and criminality, ending about ten years ago, and started working with treatment at Villa Solberg during that time. Peter Johansson has also been involved in the development of the treatment concept for Villa Vägen ut! and has developed the in-house treatment to involve treatment, controlled accommodation, transition housing and aftercare.

Robert l. Dupont

Robert L. Du Pont holds a MD degree from Harvard Medical School and has completed psychiatric training at Harvard and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. For over 40 years, Robert L. DuPont has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment – starting as Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978), and the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). Among other positions, Robert L. DuPont is founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit research and policy organization that identifies and promotes new ideas to reduce drug use and addiction. Dr. DuPont maintains an active practice of psychiatry specializing in addiction and anxiety disorders and holds position of Clinical Professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Sara Woldu

Sara Woldu is Chief Executive officer and Chair of KRIS Stockholm, “Criminals’ Return into Society”. As, former head of operations of KRIS’ project “Strengthened parenting” Sara Woldu took part in Swedish national television, SVT’s, documentary “Never back down”. The documentary portrayed her work at KRIS with a support group for mothers. Sara Woldu has experience of addiction and criminality and is today living a drug free life with her husband and her beloved daughter, Milena. The issue closest to Sara Woldu’s heart is the right to drug-free treatment.

Staffan Hübinette

Staffan Hübinette has many years of experience as a teacher in Social education and Drug prevention. Staffan Hübinette works with the program ‘Drug free School’ as an educator and counsellor for schools and municipalities in their systemtic policy work. In 2017, Staffan Hübinette was awarded Swedish National Council on Alcohol and Others Drug prize for his role as a prevention worker.

steven s. alm

Judge Steven S. Alm was a Circuit Court Judge in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA until 2016. He created Hawaii’s Opportunity probation with Enforcement – HOPE Probation. Judge Alm co-chaired the Interagency Council on Intermediate Sanctions between 2005-2016 and has twice chaired the once-a-decade statewide Penal Code Review Committee. Judge Alm has received the McGovern Award presented by the Institute for Behavior and Health for the most promising drug policy idea of the year 2009 and was named Hawaii Jurist of the Year in 2010. In 2013, HOPE was named as one of the “Top 25 Innovations in Government” by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and was selected as recipient of the National Criminal Justice Association Outstanding Criminal Justice Program for the Western Region.

Sue thau

Sue Thau is a Public Policy Consultant representing Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). Sue Thau holds an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning. Sue Thau has an extensive background in public policy and has held high positions at federal, state and local levels. For over ten years, Sue Thau was a Budget Examiner and Legislative Analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, in the Executive Office of the President. As a driving force behind the passage, reauthorization and full funding of the Drug-Free Communities Act, Sue Thau has worked to save and enhance funding for all federal substance abuse prevention and treatment programs over the last two decades.


Sven-Olov Carlsson began his career as a Municipal Chief Executive and worked for over 20 years in the field. Since 2009, Sven-Olov Carlsson is the International President of World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD), a multilateral community of non-governmental organizations and individuals. Apart from his presidency, Sven-Olov Carlsson is a member of the Board of EUROCARE, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, as well as the Board of GAPA, the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance. Sven-Olov Carlsson has previously held the position of International President of IOGT International and, a worldwide community of NGOs working in the field of alcohol and drug policy and prevention. 

Thomas Pietschmann

Dr. Thomas Pietschmann studied at Vienna’s University of Economics and Business Administration and started his professional career in international finance before joining the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and in 1993 the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP) which later became the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Thomas Pietschmann first managed UNDCP programs in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan and initiated UNDCP’s first Opium Survey in Afghanistan (1994) before joining the then newly established research section. He subsequently became one of the main authors of UNODC’s annual flagship publication, the World Drug Report. Thomas Pietschmann is repeatedly invited to address national and international organizations on drug related issues.

Thuraya ismail

As a Humanitarian and Social work specialist, Thuraya Ismail holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor in Political Studies from the America University of Beirut. Thuraya Ismail has over 15 years’ experience in the field of human development in general, and the empowerment of children and youth in particular. Through her different roles, from the United Nation Development Program and the League of Arab States to being Executive Director of Mentor Arabia Foundation, Thuraya Ismail is enlightening the youth regarding the dangers of drugs and risky behavior.  

ulla kungur

Ulla Kungur works, together with Jessica Andersson, with prevention and narcotic prevention within the City of Gothenburg. Mainly targeting primary and secondary schools with support and assistance for ANDT-work (Alcohol, Drugs, Doping, Tobacco), drug preventive work in the boroughs of Gothenburg are supported by drug-use surveys within primary and secondary schools. The results regarding which risk and protection factors that affect drug use are in line with other research within the area of prevention. According to the results, there are major differences between schools which is why strategic work to provide individual support for schools should be offered in accordance to needs. Working preventative through schools can have positive effects on risk and protection factors.

Vanda Felbab-Brown

Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.A. in Government from Harvard University, USA. Vanda Felbab-Brown is a Senior Fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, as well as Director of the project ‘Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives Beyond UNGASS 2016’. Vanda Felbab-Brown is an expert on international and internal conflicts and nontraditional security threats, including insurgency, organized crime, urban violence, and illicit economies as well as author to a number of books, policy reports, academic articles and opinion pieces.

Viggo Lütcherath

Viggo Lütcherath is a Medical Doctor specializing in Pediatrics.  Viggo Lütcherath was elected Chairman in ECAD, European Cities Against Drugs, in 2016. Apart from the role of Chairman in ECAD, Viggo Lütcherath is an elected member of the City Council of Kristiansand Municipality in Norway and holds the position as Chair of the Board of Public Health and Social Services, representing the Cristian-democratic party. Prior to his political duties, Viggo Lütcherath worked as a Senior Consultant at the Pediatric Department at the Hospital in Kristiansand.

Wadih Maalouf

Wadih Maalouf has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Mental Health and Drug Addiction Epidemiology) at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA. Wadih Maalouf has held several tasks within UNODC related to reducing drug demand reduction programming, including capacity building, and resource assessment studies for orientation of drug control strategies as well as building national and regional capacities for evidence based responses. Wadih Maalouf was positioned as regional UNODC Drug Demand Reduction advisor for Middle East and North Africa up to between 2005 and 2010. As of 2010, Wadih Maalouf has resumed the post of Programme Office in the Drug Prevention and Health Branch, Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section.

Željko Petković

Željko Petković holds a Postgraduate study at Faculty of Law at the University of Rijeka and Postgraduate study of Criminology at Higher Police School. Željko Petković is currently the Acting Director of the Office for Combating Drug Abuse in the Government of the Republic of Croatia, and has previously been police advisor in Ministry of Inner Affairs. Željko Petković is coordinator of the project UNODC-a, a program of capacity building in the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean Region through targeted drug law enforcement exchange. Furthermore, Željko Petković is engaged in activites related to combating narcotic offers within Police and Safety in Croatia.