2019 AGENDA: Expect talking points that matter   


As in previous years, we are putting the finishing touches on a powerful and topical agenda for GTNF 2019. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers from the tobacco and nicotine industries as well as public health and legislative experts from around the world. 

Plenary panels and workshop sessions will address the latest and most vital issues that are shaping the future of the industry.

REGISTRATION DAY – Tuesday, Sept. 24


11:00–16:00 – Registration (at Four Seasons Hotel)


16:30–18:30 – Women in Tobacco Meeting (at the National Museum of Women in the Arts) (sponsored by Altria). Guest speakers: Janene D. Jackson, partner in the public policy and regulation group at Holland & Knight; Rhoda Washington, director of external affairs and public policy at Turning Point Brands.


18:30–22:00 – Welcome Reception (at the National Museum of Women in the Arts) (sponsored by Altria)


DAY ONE – Wednesday, Sept. 25


07:30–17:00 – Registration


07:45–08:35 – Breakfast (sponsored by Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.)


08:45–08:55 – Welcome: Elise Rasmussen, founder and executive director of the GTNF Trust and publisher of Vapor Voice and Tobacco Reporter; Michiel Reerink, vice president of global regulatory strategy at Japan Tobacco International and chairman of the GTNF advisory board; Patrick Basham, director of the Democracy Institute


09:00–09:20 – Keynote: United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)


09:25–09:45 – Keynote: Howard Willard, chairman and CEO of Altria


09:50–10:10 – Keynote: Attorney General Tom Miller, attorney general of Iowa


10:15–11:00 – Plenary Panel: More Choice, Less Risk: Truthful and Accurate Communications with Adult Tobacco Consumers

Moderator: Cheryl Olson, health behavior consultant; Panelists: George Adams, cardiologist for Rex Healthcare at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; James Dobbins, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Turning Point Brands; David Sweanor, adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa


11:05–11:30 – Coffee Break (sponsored by Tobacco Technology)

11:35–11:55 – Keynote: Konstantinos Farsalinos, research fellow at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center


12:00–12:20 – Keynote: Marewa Glover, director of the Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking


12:25–13:10 – Plenary Panel: The Geography of Nicotine

Moderator: Harry Shapiro, director of DrugWise; Panelists: Scott Ballin, health policy consultant; Clive Bates, director of Counterfactual; Martin Cullip, vaper, blogger and consumer advocate; Marewa Glover, director of the Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking


13:15–14:15 – Lunch (sponsored by Reynolds American Inc.)


14:20–14:40 – Keynote: Ricardo Oberlander, president and CEO of Reynolds American Inc.


14:45–15:45 – Plenary Panel: Combating Youth Usage

Moderator: Sally Satel, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and psychiatry lecturer at Yale University; Panelists: Jennifer Hunter, senior vice president of corporate citizenship for Altria Client Services; Brad Rodu, professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and senior scientist at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center; Michael D. Stein, professor of health law, policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health


15:50–16:15 – Coffee Break (sponsored by CNT)


16:20–17:50 – Day One Breakout Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4


Session 1: Investor Outlook (Conservatory)

Moderator: Erik Bloomquist, tobacco sector analyst; Panelists: Jonathan Fell, partner and co-founder of Ash Park Capital; Pam Kaufman, vice president and equity research analyst in tobacco and packaged food at Morgan Stanley; Stefanie Miller, co-founder of Sandhill Strategy LLC; Rupert Wilson, owner and managing director of Strategic Business Consulting



Session 2: Environmental Challenges (Corcoran Room A)

Moderator: Huub Vizee, head of regulatory affairs for delfort; Panelists: Mark Chadwick, CEO of Eco-Act; Lea Scott, vice president of agronomy services at Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.; Valerie Briggs Solomon, managing counsel in R&D and regulatory affairs for Reynolds American Inc. Services Co.


Session 3: The Role of Flavors and Nicotine in Consumer Acceptance of Nicotine Products (Corcoran Room B)

Moderator: Joe Gitchell, president of PinneyAssociates; Panelists: Eduardo Berea, vice president of sales at Mother Murphy’s Labs and vice president of business development at Alternative Ingredients Inc.; Michael Cummings, professor in the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and co-director of the tobacco policy and control program at Hollings Cancer Center; Neil McKeganey, director of the Centre for Substance Use Research at the University of Glasgow; Carrie Wade, director of harm reduction policy and senior fellow for the R Street Institute


Session 4: Sales Channel Diversity (Douglass Room)

Moderator: Mark Kehaya, chairman of AMV Holdings LLC; Panelists: Tony Abboud, executive director of the Vapor Technology Association; Thomas A. Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets; James Xu, CEO of Avail Vapor


19:00–22:00 Reception and Dinner (at The Phillips Collection) (sponsored by BMJ)



DAY TWO – Thursday, Sept. 26


07:30–08:15 – Breakfast (sponsored by Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.)


08:20–08:25 – Welcome


08:30–09:10 – Keynote: Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products


09:15–09:35 – Keynote: Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Brands    


09:40–10:10 – Keynote: Matthew Holman, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products Office of Science


10:15–11:00 – Plenary Panel: Science Supporting Product Standards

Moderator: Darshan Kulkarni, principal attorney at the Kulkarni Law Firm; Panelists: Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, CEO of The Blinc Group; James Figlar, executive vice president of research and development and scientific and regulatory affairs at Reynolds American Inc.; David Graham, chief impact officer at NJoy LLC; Matthew Holman, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products Office of Science


11:05–11:30 Coffee Break (sponsored by Boegli-Gravures S.A)


11:35–11:55 – Keynote: Marc Firestone, president of external affairs and general counsel for Philip Morris International


12:00–12:45 – Plenary Panel: Ensuring a Sustainable Value Chain

Moderator: Mike Ligon, vice president of corporate affairs for Universal Corporation; Panelists: Stephane Colard, project leader for Coresta; Jim Lutzweiler, vice president of agriculture and livelihoods for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World; Jeff Stier, senior fellow for the Consumer Choice Center; Steve Troxler, commissioner of agriculture and consumer affairs for North Carolina


12:50–13:50 – Lunch (sponsored by Alliance One International)


13:55–15:25 – Day Two Breakout Sessions 5, 6 and 7


Session 5: Women as Change Agents (Corcoran Room A)

Moderator: Patricia Kovacevic, principal of RegulationStrategy.com; Panelists: Christiane Bisanzio, vice president of diversity and inclusion, people and culture at Japan Tobacco International; Kisha Brown, founder and CEO of Justis Connection; Diana Marrero, vice president of strategic development at Foreign Policy; Anna Ostergren, principal at Armatos: Restructuring Personal Communication; Alexandra Solomon, senior research analyst for ethics and human rights for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


Session 6: Product Pathways (Douglass Room)

Moderator: Chris Snowdon, director of the Lifestyle Economics unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs; Panelists: Mike Ogden, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for RAI Services Co.; J.B. Simko, vice president of external affairs for Philip Morris International; Jim Solyst, vice president of federal regulatory affairs for Swedish Match North America


Session 7: Innovating for the Future (Corcoran Room B)

Moderator: Mark Kehaya, chairman of AMV Holdings LLC; Panelists: Chris Hsieh, CEO of SMOK; Andrej Kuttruf, founder and CEO of Evapo; Zhiqiang Shi, chief scientist at Shenzhen Smoore Technology Ltd. Xiaoting Wright, founder and CEO of Mylo.


15:30–15:55 – Coffee Break (sponsored by ALD)


16:00–16:20 – Keynote: Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform


16:25–17:25 – Plenary Panel: Open Mic

Moderator: Mark Littlewood, director general for the Institute of Economic Affairs; Panelists: Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and economist; Kgosi Letlape, president of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and president of the Association of Medical Councils of Africa; David Levy, professor of oncology at Georgetown University; Joe Murillo, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for Altria; David O’Reilly, director of scientific research for British American Tobacco


17:30–17:45 – Last Words    


18:00–21:00 Closing Networking Reception (sponsored by Madvapes and Turning Point Brands)