BENJAMIN Z. BRONFMAN | U.S.A.
Ben Bronfman first became interested in the cannabis space seven years ago when he moved to Los Angeles, CA. After surveying the industry, he decided to join the board of Americans for Safe Access. At that time there were 16 States which had passed Cannabis laws. Mr. Bronfman has been one of ASA’S most engaged board members. In addition to his work with ASA, Bronfman partnered with various Silicon Valley investors to help elect Kamala Harris, The Attorney General of California, who was locked in a standoff election with Steve Cooley in 2010. This helped ensure that the laws in the country’s largest cannabis market would not be reversed.
Mr. Bronfman is an entrepreneur, environmentalist and Grammy-nominated musician/producer based in New York City. Mr. Bronfman is managing director of Global Thermostat, which he co- founded with Columbia University economist Graciela Chichilinsky and fellow Columbia Professor Peter Eisenberger. Mr Bronfman was responsible for securing the firm’s $100M valuation and has orchestrated various business and strategic partnerships for the firm. Bronfman is on the board of several organizations including Pioneer Works, a center for art and innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn.. Mr. Bronfman also has positions in various technology start ups and was recently the recipient of Global Green’s impact Entrepreneur Award alongside the Clinton Foundation.
ALLAN I. FRANKEL | U.S.A.
Dr. Allan I. Frankel is one of the World’s leading authorities on Dosed Cannabis
Medicine. With over 37 years experience in Internal Medicine, Dr. Frankel applies his knowledge of all aspects of the Cannabis plant, and its therapeutic value as a dosed medicine. He established GreenBridge Medical, Inc. in 2007 to provide the highest quality medical treatment to patients suffering from multiple chronic and serious medical conditions.
Dr. Frankel has presented multiple CME accredited Grand Round Lectures on
Internal Medicine and Therapies in Medical Cannabis and participated in round
table discussions on the topic of future therapies and research for Medical Cannabis sponsored by the California Medical Association and the Los Angeles County Medical Association. He has also been a featured speaker on medical cannabis therapies at the International Pelvic Pain Society conference, The University of Washington, Cedars-Sinai Hospital and numerous support groups and care facilities.
Dr. Frankel developed the Chartscape medical software program used by the UCLA Bowyer Cancer Center, the eScript medical software utilized by Kaiser Permanente Health System, is the founder of GreenlifeDocs and the CEO of GreenBridge Medical Services.
Dr. Frankel graduated second in his class from the UCLA School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society. For three years Dr. Frankel was selected by his peers as one of the Top Internists in LA. He was also a Clinical Professor for eighteen years for the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine.
Dr. Frankel lives in Los Angeles, California, has a daughter, two sons, five grandsons and a granddaughter.
LUMÍR ONDŘEJ HANUŠ | ISRAEL
Lumír Ondřej Hanuš obtained his M.S. in analytical chemistry (1972), Ph.D. in analytical chemistry (1974) and associate professor in organic chemistry (1994) from Palacký University (Olomouc, Czech Republic) and his D.Sc. in pharmaceutical chemistry (1995) from Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). Between years 1971 and 1990 did research and teached at Medical Faculty, Palacký University (Olomouc). Period 1978–1979 spent as research associate at School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, USA. From 1990 up to present time (as researcher, professor haver, and Research Fellow) is with School of Pharmacy (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel). Between years 1997 and 1998 was visiting associate (NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, USA) and in 2001–2002 as research fellow at NIAAA (NIH, Bethesda, USA). At present time, he is Research Fellow of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was awarded with Honorary Doctorate degree - Chemiae Doctor honoris causa (2007) and Medicinae Doctor honoris causa (2011), Hanuš medal (2005), Addictology Award (2012), and Olomouc City Award (2013).
BRENDAN HUGHES | U.K.
Brendan Hughes has been working at EMCDDA since 2001 in the field of national drug legislation, after gaining a Masters degree in International Criminal Law (LLM) specialising in narcotics law. He manages the European Legal Database on Drugs (ELDD) which holds various comparative overviews and analyses on different topics relevant to drug laws; not only use, possession and trafficking laws, but also issues such as drug classifications, threshold quantities, alternatives to punishment, drug driving, procedures for classifying new substances as drugs, and regulatory frameworks for substitution treatment. He published the first European quantitative comparison of drug law sentencing and outcome statistics in 2009, and is currently working on a pilot index for comparing drug laws across countries and over time.
MICHEL KAZATCHKINE | SWITZERLAND
Michel D. Kazatchkine was Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria from 2007 to 2012. The Global Fund, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s leading multilateral financier of programs for the three diseases and one of the major financiers of health systems strengthening. In 2012, then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appointed him as United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Dr Kazatchkine has spent the past 25 years fighting AIDS as a leading physician, researcher, administrator, advocate, policy maker, and diplomat. He attended medical school at Necker-Enfants-Malades in Paris, studied immunology at the Pasteur Institute, and has completed postdoctoral fellowships at St Mary’s hospital in London and Harvard Medical School. His involvement with HIV began in 1983, when, as a young clinical immunologist, he treated a French couple who had returned from Africa with unexplained fever and severe immune deficiency. By 1985, he had started a clinic in Paris specializing in AIDS – which now treats over 1,600 people – and later opened the first night clinic for people with HIV in Paris, enabling them to obtain confidential health care outside working hours.
Dr Kazatchkine was Professor of Immunology at Université René Descartes and Head of the Immunology Unit of the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris. He has authored or co-authored of over 500 articles in peer reviewed journals, focusing on auto-immunity, immuno-intervention and pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS.
In addition to his clinical teaching and research activities, Dr. Kazatchkine has played key roles in various organizations, serving as Director of the National Agency for Research on AIDS (ANRS) in France (1998-2005), Chair of the World Health Organization’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (2004-2007), member of the WHO’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group on tuberculosis (2004-2007), and French Ambassador on HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases (2005-2007). Dr Kazatchkine’s involvement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria began when the organization was established in 2001. He was the first Chair of the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel (2002-2005) and has served as a Board member and Vice-Chair of the Board (2005-2006).
PHILIPPE LUCAS | CANADA
Philippe Lucas has a Masters degree in Studies in Policy and Practice from the University of Victoria and is a PhD student at the University of Victoria’s Social Dimensions of Health program. He is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia and a founding Board member of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies Canada and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. His scientific research interests, projects and publications include the therapeutic use of cannabis, Canadian and international cannabis policy, and the use of cannabis, ibogaine, and ayahuasca in the treatment of addiction. Currently, he is a Primary or Co-Investigator on a number of studies examining cannabis substitution theory. In 1999 Philippe founded the Vancouver Island Compassion Society, one of Canada’s longest running non-profit medical cannabis dispensaries, for which he acted as Executive Director until 2009.
Over the years, Philippe has received a number of accolades and awards for his work in the community and academic achievements, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), the CRFAIR 2012 Food and Agriculture Champion Award, The Land Conservancy Top 50 BC Environmental Heroes 2011, the University of Victoria Blue and Gold Award for academic excellence and community service (2007), and the Vancouver Island Civil Liberties Association Leadership Award (2002).
INGO MICHELS | GERMANY
A sociologist and advisor for treatment of drug dependency, former Head of Unit of Federal Drug Commissioner of the Ministry of Health, Germany, Dr. Michels has served as Head of the Drugs and Prison projects department of the German AIDS-Hilfe in Berlin, as Drug Commissioner of the Federal State of Bremen, Germany, and as Head of the Office of the Federal Drug Commissioner, Federal Ministry of Health in Berlin, Germany.
In 2007 he worked as a Consultant for the German International Development Organization GTZ (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit – Association for Technical Cooperation) on “HIV prevention among injecting drug users through harm reduction capacity building and advocacy” in Vietnam, Ukraine and Pakistan. Dr. Michels has published widely in international journals on substance use.
RICHARD ROKYTA | CZECH REPUBLIC
As a founding member of the Czech Medical Academy, he was its first vice-chair and now serves as its chair. Vice-Dean Emeritus of the Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague. In 1982–2009, he was the head of the Department of Normal, Pathological, and Clinical Physiology of the Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, and he is a Teaching Professor of physiology and pathological physiology there. He co-established the system of postgraduate studies at Charles University and the Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society. He has been honored, inter alia, by the award of a Chevalier Des Palmes Academiques by the French Prime Minister. He is a professor of normal and pathological physiology. He is involved in ontogenetical neurophysiology, physiology of talamocortical relations and also physiology of pain and its treatment. He was awarded the title of Professor of Normal and Pathological Physiology in 1991 and from 1990-1996, he was dean of the 3rd Medical Faculty of Charles University.