Speakers

Dr. Marewa Glover
Director, Center of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking
Dr. Marewa Glover is the Director of the Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking an international program aimed at reducing smoking-related harms among indigenous people. Dr. Glover has worked on reducing smoking-related harm for over 25 years and over 100 scientific papers. She is recognized internationally for her advocacy on tobacco harm reduction and earlier this year received the Outstanding Advocate Award from the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organization (INNCO) at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw. Dr. Glover has chaired numerous committees and organizations including End Smoking NZ, an independent NGO that lobbied for a harm reduction approach even before electronic cigarettes were introduced. Dr Glover is the most prominent public commentator on vaping in NZ. She is regularly called by the media and has appeared on NZ’s 60 Minutes in addition to participating in live online and conference debates about vaping.

Dr. Hiroya Kumamaru, M.D. PhD
Vice Director, AOI Universal Hospital Japan
Dr. Hiroya Kumamaru, M.D. PhD is currently the Vice Director of AOI Universal Hospital since 2013. Previously he had run a private practice in Tokyo Metropolitan area focusing on smoking cessation. He graduated from Medical School, Keio University in 1980. He was a trained General Surgery & Cardiovascular Surgery in Keio University Hospital & in other Affiliated Hospitals from 1980 to 1988. He had a Clinical Research Fellowship in the Dept. of Cardiovascular Surgery, St. Vincent Medical Center in LA; a Surgical Residency in Cardiovascular Surgery of Centre Cardio-Thoracique de Monaco; and Staff Surgeon of Cardiovascular Surgery in several affiliated Hospitals till 2008. He was also a Cardiovascular Medical Director in Pfizer Japan from 1996 to 2005.

Dr. Kgosi Letlape
President, Health Professionals Council of South Africa
Dr Kgosi Letlape, is currently the President of the HPCSA and Chairperson of the Medical and Dental Board in South Africa. He was previously the President of the World Medical Association, the global representative body for physicians worldwide. Dr. Letlape made history by becoming the first black person to qualify as an ophthalmologist in South Africa during the apartheid years, and was the first black person to be elected as WMA President. His interest in health care sees him participating in various health committees and task teams. Together with Dr. Nelson Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African Medical Association (SAMA), he spearheaded the establishment of the Tshepang Trust, which facilitates the treatment of HIV positive patients. Dr. Letlape has also been very vocal in supporting tobacco harm reduction in the country. Dr Letlape obtained his degree in medicine from the University of KwaZulu Natal in 1981.

Prof. Tikki Pangestu
Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Professor Tikki Pangestu is a Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He was previously Director, Research Policy & Cooperation, Evidence & Information for Policy Cluster, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland, and Professor of Biomedical Sciences in University of Malaya, Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Immunology from the Australian National University, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK), American Academy of Microbiology (USA), Academy of Medicine Malaysia, and Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). He has published more than 250 scientific articles and was lead author on major WHO reports including the World Health Report 2013, Knowledge for Better Health, and Genomics and World Health. His research interests are in epidemiology, infectious diseases, health research policy, global health governance, and linkages between research and policy.

Prof. Helen Redmond
Associate Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
Nicotine Harm Reduction Consultants
Helen Redmond LCSW is an expert in substance use with over a decade of experience working with people who use drugs and have a mental health problem in community supportive housing and in mental health settings. Her current focus is on helping smokers from vulnerable populations switch to e-cigarettes. She has facilitated tobacco harm reduction vaping groups at New York Harm Reduction Educators. She is adjunct faculty at New York University – Silver School of Social Work. Helen Redmond is a journalist and a documentary filmmaker.