Bikas works at the regional office of the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) in Bangkok, Thailand. His understanding of the issues of people who use drugs comes from several years of his direct involvement in the community activism in Nepal. He has participated in various national, regional and global level platforms representing people who use drugs communities from Asia.
Ciarán has been working in the field of human rights, youth participation and drug policy for over 10 years. He is the former co-ordinator of Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK where he oversaw national and local campaigns to enhance the rights of young people. He is currently a board member with Youth Organisations for Drug Action (YODA), focusing on policy issues affecting LGBTQ youth across Europe, where he has spent time researching and advocating for LGBTQ communities and young populations.
David is a drug policy reform advocate and activist from Georgia, where he is one of the founder of Georgian grassroots advocacy group White Noise Movement, campaigning actively for decriminalisation of drug use and possession in small amounts.
Dr Fatima Assouab is a psychiatric doctor and a member of the Moroccan Association of Psychiatrists since 1989. She is currently the head of the Mental Health and Degenerative Diseases Office in the Ministry of Health in Morocco. Dr Assouab has a Master’s degree in Public Health and an MD doctorate with a national certificate of psychiatric option from the University of Hassan II. She has played a key role in inter-country meetings on legislation and human rights, and the launch of the MENAHRA project.
Geoff has been involved in the drug user movement in Australia for over 30 years. Currently he works for the peer-based Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) as the Policy, Advocacy and Peer Support Worker. He produces a weekly radio show “News from the Drug War Front” that airs on Community Radio 2XX. He is Vice Chair of INPUD.
Isabel is a political scientist from the University de Los Andes of Colombia (2008), and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, with emphasis on conflict and peace building from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Switzerland (2015). Her research focus is on the impact of drug policies on rural development, public health, and armed conflict. She is currently the research coordinator for the Drug Policy area at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia), and is concentrating on mapping access to controlled medicines in Colombia and advocating for the right to health for populations affected by restricted availability. She is also involved in research and advocacy on cultivators and producers of illicit plants, and the implications of the Peace Agreement for drug policies in Colombia. She is also a member of the research collective ‘Consortium of drugs and the law’.
Kunal is the Advocacy and Communication Manager at PILS, a Mauritian-based NGO leading the AIDS response in Mauritius, where he is involved in advocacy at national, regional and international level, specially through the work being done with Coalition Plus. His advocacy work has focused mainly on HIV, Harm Reduction, Drug Policies, and Key Populations. He is currently the chair of the Mauritian Country Coordinating Mechanism (MCCM), which oversees the Global Fund Grant to fight AIDS in Mauritius. He also forms part of the secretariat of the High Level Drugs and HIV Council of Mauritius.
Michael Ninburg is President of the World Hepatitis Alliance and Executive Director of the Hepatitis Education Project (HEP), a U.S.-based NGO dedicated to supporting hepatitis patients. At HEP, Michael works with patients, policymakers and clinicians and provides direct services and advocacy for underserved and marginalized populations, including prisoners, people who use drugs (PWUD) and people who are homeless or unstably housed. As a former hepatitis C patient and someone who used drugs for many years, Michael brings important lived experience to his work and a personal focus on the intersection of drug use, criminal justice and public health.
Nang Pann Ei Kham is a medical doctor from Myanmar. She has experience and expertise in public health, harm reduction and drug policy reform work across South East Asia. After graduating from the University of Medicine in Yangon, she also received a Master of Public Health from the Mahidol University in Bangkok. As a Hubert Humphrey Fellow, she studied drugs and alcohol prevention and treatment at the Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA. She is now working as a coordinator of a national network called the Drug Policy Advocacy Group (DPAG), composed of like-minded activists advocating for health, development and rights focused drug policies and practices. In addition to the coordination and advocacy work, her strengths include working and empowering affected communities such as people who use drugs, people living with HIV, youths and opium farmers etc.
Penelope Hill is a representative of Harm Reduction Australia, Harm Reduction Victoria, YouthRise and Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia. She currently works within drop-in and mobile NSP programs in Melbourne, Australia. Penelope holds a Masters of Public Health and is currently studying a Masters of International and Community Development.
Scott Bernstein is lawyer in Vancouver, Canada, and a Senior Policy Analyst with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, where he leads the organization’s work on legal regulation of drugs and collaborates on CDPC’s national dialogue process and advocacy around drug policy reform. Prior to joining CDPC, Scott was a program officer with the Global Drug Policy Program of Open Society Foundations in New York. There, he supported collaboration within a global reform movement targeted at the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session through grant-making, policy expertise and strategic planning, as well as supporting a nascent drug policy reform movement in Africa. Scott has a MS in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin and a JD from the University of British Columbia.
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 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.
Sofia Galinaki works as an ‘Advocacy Officer’ at “DIOGENIS” Drug Policy Dialogue. In this context, she is responsible, among others, for the research project "Harm reduction in South East Europe". In addition Sofia coordinates the Greek NGO Platform for psychoactive substances in Greece, which currently consists of 6 non-governmental organisations actively working in the field of drugs and drug policy and has established strong contacts with all the member organisations of the Drug Policy Network South East Europe (DPNSEE).
Pedro Arenas is the director of Viso Mutop and a Transnational Institute (TNI) Fellow. He was the Mayor of San José del Guaviare until 2011 and a member of Congress between 2002 and 2006, when he tabled a legislative bill on the regulation of coca in Colombia, produced with the communities of the Cauca valley.