• Vicki Hanson - IDPC Board member - Chair

    Vicki J. Hanson is a member of the Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT), and a Committee Member of Ganja Growers & Producers Association of Jamaica (GGPAJ). Vicki is the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Cannabis Research (ICCR), which was established from a grant received from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) under a partnership with the Global Drug Policy Observatory (GDPO) based at Swansea University. Vicki J. Hanson is also conducting research work that is aimed at exploring the public policy issues to be resolved in establishing a legally regulated cannabis (ganja) industry in the Caribbean, using Jamaica as the case study.

  • Donald MacPherson - IDPC Board member - Vice Chair

    Donald MacPherson is the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and  one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy. He advocates policies based on principles of public health, human rights, social inclusion, and scientific evidence and moving away from a criminal justice paradigm where people with health problems are criminalised.

  • Ernestien Jensema - IDPC Board member

    Ernestien Jensema is a social anthropologist who has been working on drug policy reform since 2002. In 2008 she joined the Drugs and Democracy Programme at the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam as researcher and project coordinator. Together with her colleagues she advocates for evidence based drug policies guided by the principles of harm reduction and human rights for users and producers.

  • Jane Waterman - IDPC Board member

    Jane Waterman has over 14 years’ leadership experience working in complex global organizations at senior executive level in Europe and the US, and over 4 years’ experience as an Executive Coach and Consultant.

  • Rupert Markland - IDPC Board Member

    Rupert Markland is Managing Director of Rutherglen Consulting Limited and a Chartered Accountant. He has an extensive range of management consulting experience across several businesses including consumer goods, travel and business services. Most recently he has specialised in developing growth strategies in the international education sector.

  • Smriti Rana - IDPC Board member

    Smriti Rana has worked extensively in the field of palliative care in India since 2000 and more recently in the South East Asian Region. She advocates for the ‘Principle of Balance’ especially for the Global South, which seeks to ensure safe access to essential opioids for pain relief and other medical and scientific purposes, while preventing inappropriate use and diversion.

  • Tomás A. Chang Pico - IDPC Board member

    Tomás A. Chang Pico is a lawyer specialised in international law, human rights, and international development cooperation. Despite his young age, he has experience in providing technical, strategic, and organisational advice to civil society organisations across Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. He firmly believes that using criminal laws and the use of force by law enforcement authorities should be strictly limited when it comes to drug policies, and that the best alternative to the so-called 'war on drugs' is a radical liberalisation agenda based on human rights, democratic values, and progressive social justice.