Speakers

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos
Cardiologist & researcher at Onassis, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, University of Patras, and National School of Public Health (Greece)

Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, M.D., is a research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens-Greece, at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras-Greece and at the National School of Public Health-Greece. He has been conducting laboratory and clinical research on e-cigarettes as a principal investigator since 2011. Examples of his work include the first study on the cytotoxic effects of e-cigarette vapor on cultured cells and the immediate effects of e-cigarette use on cardiac function and coronary circulation. He ran a worldwide online survey of almost 20,000 vapers (users of e-cigarettes) identifying patterns of use and experience with e-cigarettes among consumers, published in 2014. He also co-authored the first systematic review on e-cigarette safety, published in 2014. He has analyzed patterns of e-cigarette use based on large European and US population surveys (Eurobarometer, National Youth Tobacco Survey). As of late 2018, he has published more than 70 studies and articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals about smoking, tobacco harm reduction, and e-cigarettes. He was the handling editor and author in a book titled “Analytical assessment of e-cigarettes”, published by Elsevier in 2017.

Prof. Tikki Pangestu
Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (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. David T. Sweanor J.D.
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Advisory Board of the Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics, University of Ottawa (Canada)

David is chair of the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa. He has worked on tobacco and health policy issues since the early 1980s and played a key role in setting a wide range of Canadian and global precedents. His primary area of work has been the interaction of law and economics as a determinant of public health. Recently much of his time has been focused on appropriate policies for technologies that can significantly reduce risks and promote health. In addition to his personal public policy work his family charitable fund has supported numerous initiatives on a wide range of other topics. He was the recipient of Ottawa’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award in 2016.

Carrie Wade
Director, Harm Reduction Policy, R Street (USA)

Carrie Wade, PhD, is a senior fellow and the harm reduction policy director for the R Street Institute, where she is responsible for directing R Street’s harm reduction agenda, including opioids, tobacco and sexual health. She previously worked as a drug researcher at the University of Minnesota and the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. She received her bachelor’s in Neuroscience and PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Marewa Glover
Director, Center of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking (New Zealand)

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
Vice-Director AOI Universal Hospital (Japan)

Hiroya Kumamaru, M.D. PhD is Vice Director of the AOI Universal Hospital since 2013. He graduated from Medical School, Keio University, Japan, in 1980. Trained in General Surgery & Cardiovascular Surgery at Keio University Hospital & affiliated hospitals 1980 to 1988. Clinical Research Fellowship in the Dept. of Cardiovascular Surgery, St. Vincent Medical Center in LA. Surgical Residency in Cardiovascular Surgery of Centre Cardio-Thoracique de Monaco and Staff Surgeon of Cardiovascular Surgery in Keio affiliated hospitals till 2008. Cardiovascular Medical Director in Pfizer Japan from 1996 to 2005. Also experienced of private practice in Tokyo Metropolitan area 2008 to 2013 focusing on smoking cessation. Current major works are health check-ups and preventive medicine.

Dr. Tan Kok Kuan
Chief Medical Officer, Republic HealthCare (Singapore)

Dr Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. He was part of the SARS taskforce in SGH and tended to ill patients with suspected SARS during the outbreak. He also worked and trained at the Singapore National Eye Center, National Heart Center and National Skin Center. After leaving the government service, he joined Thomson Medical Center to focus on Pediatric care, followed by a GP Group before setting up Robertson Medical Practice in 2005.

Dr Tan keeps abreast of developments in the medical world and participates at international Medical Conferences. His professional medical opinion is frequently sought after and he has contributed extensively to the local press. Dr. Tan is also active in community outreach; speaking on a variety of health topics to the general public as well as corporations.

Prof. Emeritus OkRyun Moon
Chairman of Korea Harm Reduction Association (KHRA)
Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University (Korea)

Prof. Moon received his Master’s degree at Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University (South Korea) and a Ph.D degree at Inje University. He was the former chairperson at the Healthcare and Medical Services Subcommittee, Medical Advancement Committee and a previous member at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Global Poverty Eradication Contribution Assets Operational Council. Also the former President of Korea Federation for HIV/AIDS Prevention. Professor Moon’s major field is the health policy & administration and social security medicine. Currently he is an honorary Professor at Seoul National University and the chairman of Korea Harm Reduction Association (KHRA).

Prof. Young-Bum Park
Professor, Division of Economics, Hansung University (Korea)

Prof. Park received his master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics at Cornell University in USA. Prof. Park is a founding member of the Korea Harm Reduction Association which was established in 2018. The harm reduction concept is very new in South Korea. He thinks the harm reduction strategy meaningful since it gives more alternatives to people and society. In 2018 he published a paper introducing harm reduction to Korean medical doctors and policy makers. He is now working on the implications of other countries’ tobacco harm reduction experiences and policies for South Korea. Prof. Park teaches in Economic Department at Hansung University in Seoul, South Korea. Prof. Park was the 13th President of Human Resources Development Service of Korea. He was also the sixth President of the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training, a government think tank. At Hansung University, he served as a Dean of Academic Affairs.

Prof. Park received twice Excellent Academic Book Award by the South Korean Ministry of Culture and Sports. His merits and citations included the 2016 Grand Prize of Enterprise CEO of the Korea Enterprise Management Association and the Silver Order of Industrial Service Merit of the South Korean Government and the State Contribution Merit of the Cambodian Kingdom Government.

Dr. Ng Yee Guan
Senior Lecturer, Occupational Safety and Health, Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)

Ng Yee Guan is currently a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has completed and obtained his PhD in Occupational Health and Safety on February 2015. He currently teaches Industrial Hygiene as a core subject for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health at UPM. He is also the Postgraduate Coordinator for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM. He is actively involved in non-profit professional organization such as Human Factors and Ergonomics Malaysia (HFEM).

His current research work and consultation focus primarily on Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial

Hygiene (such as chemical exposure monitoring, indoor air quality, noise, vibration, etc), Human Factors and Ergonomics (specifically physical ergonomics and participatory ergonomics which includes specifically handsarm vibration study, office ergonomics, lighting, ergonomics assessment method, Participatory Action-Oriented Training, etc. He also has strong foundation and passion for Industrial or Occupational Hygiene. Much of his work were as consultant in the field of physical and office ergonomics, noise exposure, indoor air quality, chemical exposure assessment and monitoring, etc. He looks forward to be involved intensively on research related to exposure assessment in terms of methods and effects in line with the hierarchy of control concepts in Occupational Safety and Health.

Dr. Chung Hin Willy Wong
Specialist in Psychiatry Director, Hong Kong Psychiatry And Integrated Medical Centre (Hong Kong)

Dr. WONG Chung Hin Willy is a specialist in psychiatry in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a fellow of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists and Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He is the director and private psychiatrist of Hong Kong Psychiatry and Integrated Medical Centre. He also works as an associate consultant in Kwai Chung Hospital and a psychiatrist in University Health Service, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a recipient of the Fellowship Award of the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2015.

He received his postgraduate training in psychopharmacology, recovery model and risk assessment in St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Australia. He has attained a master degree in medical law in Northumbria University. He is a certified sex therapist recognized by Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers & Therapists. He is a panellist of Harm Reduction Panel, Asian Association of Neuropsychopharmacology.

He is involved in work in many non-government organizations. He is a radio program presenter in Radio Television Hong Kong. He is also an author and editor of many books and a columnist in newspapers and magazines for public mental health education. His academic interests include mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, pain management, sex therapy and substance abuse.

Dr. Grzegorz Król
Director, Knowledge•Action•Change (UK)

Director at a British public health agency, Knowledge•Action•Change. Between 2012 and 2018 lecturer at the University of Warsaw. Social psychologist, data scientist, author of publications on psychology, data analysis and harm reduction. Since 2003 Dr. Grzegorz manages international projects in the area of public health, drugs and tobacco harm reduction.

Dr. Tri Budhi Baskara, S.Ked
General Practitioner in Primary Care and Hospital Bali (Indonesia)

Tri Budhi Baskara is a General Practitioner in Primary care and Hospital in Bali, Indonesia. He is also an advocator of tobacco harm reduction and active to educate about medical and psychological education about the relationship between alternative tobacco products and health impact for Indonesian Vape Association. He earned bachelor degree in medicine (S.Ked) from Faculty of Medicine Maranatha University, Indonesia. He authored The Effect of Jombang Grass Extracts On Wound Healing In Swiss Webster Rats.

Prof. Aeree Sohn
Professor, Health Management, Sahmwook University (Korea)

Aeree Sohn is a professor at the Department of Public Health, University of Sahmyook University in Seoul, Korea since 2001. Prof. Sohn received her doctoral degree in public health at University of Illinois in USA. She has been conducting alcohol culture and health behavior studies and was the 8th president of Koran Society of Alcohol and Health Behavior Research. Examples of her work include studies on a study on the characteristics of drinking culture and the policy for the improvement of the drinking availability funded by the Ministry of Health, behaviors and culture of drinking among Korean people and the development of an assessment tool for drinking norms and motives among Korean adults. She ran many times of national surveys identifying drinking patterns of use, drinking culture and norms, published many articles. As of middle 2019, she has published more than 80 studies and articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals about drinking patterns, motives, norms and alcohol related diseases.

Keun Ho Joe
Director, Mental Health Services, National Center for Mental Health (Korea)

Mr. Joe received his Master’s and Ph.D degree at Chung-Ang University Medical School (South Korea). He was previously an assistant Professor at Daegu Catholic University Hospital, previous associated Professor at Eulji University and also a chief psychiatrist at Dasarang Hospital. Currently he is the director of planning and policy at the Korean Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He is also the director of general affairs at the Korean Academy of Social and Community Psychiatry. His current affiliation is the National Center of Mental Health as a director at the Department of Mental Health Services.

Prof. Jae Wook Choi
Professor, Preventive medicine, Korea University (Korea)

Prof. Choi received his master’s degree at Seoul University and a Ph.D degree at Korea University. He is Professor, Department of Preventive medicine, Korea University (Republic of Korea). He is a Director as an Director of Institute for Environmental Health, Korea University. He is also the chairman of the Korean Society of Global Health and Chairman of the International Cooperation Committee of the Korean Medical Association. Professor Choi Jae Wook's major research fields are in the Environmental Health, Global health, preventive medicine, and Health Policy.

Prof. Choi is a founding member of the Korea Harm Reduction Association which was established in 2018. He is now working on the implications of other countries’ tobacco harm reduction experiences and policies for South Korea.

Prof. Ki Hyun Kim
Air Quality & Materials Application Lab, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Hanyang University (Korea)

Prof. Ki Hyun Kim was at Florida State University for an M.S. (1984-1986) and at University of South Florida for a Ph.D. (1988-1992). He was a Research Associate at ORNL, USA (1992 to 1994). He moved to Sang Ji University, Korea in 1995. In 1999, he joined Sejong University. In 2014, he moved to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Hanyang University. His research areas broadly cover the various aspects in the interfacing field of “Air Quality & Environmental Engineering” in connection with “Material Engineering” with emphasis on advanced novel materials like Coordination Polymers, especially Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). He was awarded as one of the top 10 National Star Faculties in Korea in 2006 and became an academician (Korean Academy of Science and Technology) in 2018. He is a serving as associate editor of ‘Environmental Research’ and Critical Reviews in Environmental Science & Technology’ while being a board member in several other journals (e.g., ‘Atmospheric Pollution Research’ and ‘Sensors’). He has published more than 660 articles many of which are in leading scientific journals including ‘Chemical Society Reviews’, ‘Progress in Material Science’, ‘Progress in Polymer Science’, ‘Progress in Energy and Combustion Science’, ‘Chem’, ‘Nano Energy’, and ‘Coordination Chemistry Reviews’.

Dr. Hyuckmyun Kwon
Research Professor, University Industry Foundation, Yonsei University (Korea)

Dr. Kwon has PhD degree in chemical engineering and he is licensed professional engineer in Korea. He has over 20 years of experience in the health and safety field. Before joining KOSHA(Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency) he experienced 14 years in engineering and construction of chemical plants. In KOSHA, he spent most of time relating to Process safety management(PSM) including policy making, PSM report assessment, PSM site auditing, training & education and technical guidance development, etc. His areas of expertise include also Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), process hazard analysis (HAZOP studies, LOPA, and SIL) and emergency response planning. After retiring from KOSHA as Director General of Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute (OSHRI) in 2016 he started new career in academia by doing teaching, research and training. And also he is providing PSM consulting and technical advices to the chemical industry.

Dr. Jong-Tae Park
Professor, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Korea University Ansan Hospital (Korea)

Jong-Tae Park M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. is director of Center of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Korea University Anan-Hospital since 2000. He graduated from college of Medicine, Korea University in 1988. He Trained in Preventive medicine & Occupational and Environmental Medicine from 1992 to 1996 at Korea university. He also obtained master’s degree in Public health from Seoul National University. He has been performing various health examinations and work-relatedness & fitness for work evaluation. He has built up the Wokrers Health Center of Gyeonggi-Seobu to provide Occupational health services for small scale workplaces since 2011. He has working on workplace health risk assessment and management.

Tae-Yeon Hwang
Director, Mental Health Service & Planning, National Center for Mental Health (Korea)

Dr Hwang received his M.D. degree and postgraduate training in psychiatry at Korea University Medical Center (Seoul), and got Ph.D. from the same university. He spent one year (1997-1998) at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) for the Public Psychiatry Fellowship as a post-doctoral research fellow and spent another one year (2003-2004) for Master Degree of International Mental Health at Melbourne University, Australia.

Dr Hwang has been working as the Director of Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Community Mental Health at Yongin Mental Hospital since 1994 to 2016. Under his leadership, his department was designated as WHO Collaborating Center for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Community Mental Health in April 2003.

Dr Hwang is well known for developing and publishing many psychosocial rehabilitation programs, including Psychoeducation for Patients and Families, Vocational and Cognitive Rehabilitation. He is in charge of Social Awareness Campaign for Depression and Bipolar Disorder as director of Public Relation of Korean Association for Depression and Bipolar Disorder. He also has contributed to the National Mental Health Policy as director of Mental Health of the Korean Neuropsychiatric Association for six years. He is currently working as President of Korean Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (KAPR) and Vice President of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR). He was the organizer of 12th WAPR World Congress in Seoul, 2015.

He moved to National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) on June 2016. He is director of Division of Mental Health Services and Planning at NCMH that he isworking with Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Health and Welfare for National Mental Health Act and Policy. From 2018, he is also working as President of Korean Association of Social and Community Psychiatry and Vice-Chair of Korean Neuropsychiatric Association.

Prof. Dr. Achmad Syawqie Yazid, Drg., M.S
Founder & chairman of Indonesian Public Health Observer Foundation (YPKP)

Achmad Syawqie is a founder and chairman of YPKP Indonesia (Indonesian Public Health Observer Foundation). He is also a Vice Dean for Academic, Student Affairs, Innovation & Partnership at Universitas Padjadjaran, a state-owned university located in Bandung, West Java - Indonesia. Under his leadership, YPKP focuses its efforts in conducting more scientific research on tobacco harm reduction and alternative tobacco products by optimizing the funding they received form Universitas Padjadjaran. Syawqie is also a member of Indonesia’s Pathology Association and Asian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AOMS). Syawqie authored Risk Assessment of E-Liquid Components and their Reactions to Heating for the International Journal of ChemTech Research and Oral Health Findings on E-Cigarette Users.