Charan Sharma brings nearly two decades of professional experience in the fields of drug use, HIV/AIDS, and human rights of people who use drugs. As an activist is associated with the global Harm Reduction movement. Founding member and currently advisor to Indian Drug users Forum (IDUF). He started his association with harm reduction as peer educator in 2000 and now working as Program Manager of Drug use & harm reduction with Alliance India. He has been key members of developing guidelines for harm reduction in India and beyond.
Ganna is Executive Director of Eurasian Harm Reduction Association based in Lithuania and uniting 335 organizations and activists from 29 countries of Central, Eastern Europe and Central Asia for a progressive human rights-based drug policy, sustainable funding advocacy, and quality of harm reduction services responding to needs of people who use drugs. Ganna is originally from Ukraine, and holds an MA in Social Psychology and MA in Culture Studies. Ganna is a well-known community trainer, human rights activist and social programs expert. In all projects, she is keen to transform social systems to overcome totalitarian, colonial, and repressive views on people and social care in post-soviet countries, specifically in drug policy.
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.
John Walsh is the Director for Drug Policy and The Andes, for the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). A frequent commentator on drug policy developments in the USA and Latin America, John Walsh has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, and numerous television and international news outlets. He has worked extensively on the question of drug treaties with relation to cannabis, co-authoring the report “Cannabis Regulation and the UN Drug Treaties: Strategies for Reform”, as well as “Marijuana Legalization is an Opportunity to Modernize International Drug Treaties”. In addition to his congressional testimony, publications and press appearances, John has organized and spoken at numerous US and international conferences. Prior to joining WOLA, he served as Director of Research at Drug Strategies and worked at the Center of Concern on the “Rethinking Bretton Woods Project,” an effort to forge consensus on ideas for reform of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and international trade arrangements. John received a B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University (1986) and an M.A. in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University (1997).
Since 2005, Katrin is one of the coordinators of Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network, with more than 250 members in all European countries. The network organises different European projects, activities, seminars, conferences and training events in the area of harm reduction, social inclusion, peer involvement and Hepatitis C among drug users. In 2011, Katrin graduated graduated at the Netherlands School for Public and Occupational Health as a Master of Public Health (MPH).
Kunal is the Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Advisor for DRIP, a Mauritian-based NGO focusing on empowering young community leaders on evidenced based prevention, programmes and policies. His advocacy work has focused mainly on HIV, Harm Reduction, Drug Policies, and Key Populations. He was the chair of the Mauritian Country Coordinating Mechanism (MCCM), which oversees the Global Fund Grant to fight AIDS in Mauritius from 2014 to 2021. He is a member of the High Level Drugs and HIV Council of Mauritius. Kunal is a psychologist specialized in addiction.
Michelle Wazan is the Drug Policy and Advocacy Department Manager at Skoun, Lebanese Addictions Center. She holds degrees in political science and international law and has been advocating for drug policy reform in Lebanon for the past four years.
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).
Olivia Rope was appointed as Executive Director of Penal Reform International in 2020, having joined the organisation in 2012 and previously leading on policy and international advocacy. She is an expert on a range of human rights and criminal justice issues, having authored key publications and training materials for PRI and worked extensively with UN and other institutional actors and partners.
Paula is a Colombian lawyer with more than 5 years of experience in human rights, drug policy and transitional justice. She participated in the diploma course on drug policy, human rights and health at CIDE in México. She is currently the director of the Elementa office in Colombia.
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.
Sai Lone is the second-generation descendant of an opium farming family from Eastern Shan State, Myanmar. He is currently working as a consultant with the Transnational Institute’s Myanmar Programme. He is the founder and senior adviser of the Myanmar Opium Farmers’ Forum (MOFF) – a peasant movement platform to give voice to the concerns and convey the political demands of opium farming communities in Myanmar. He has long-time working experiences as senior national programme coordinator with UNODC and international development organizations which helped opium farmers in their attempts to find alternative livelihoods without relying on the income derived from opium farming.
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.