What’s everybody talking about in 2015?

From snus to roll-your-own to e-cigarettes and personal vapor products, the talking points may have changed with the years, but the quality and intensity of the conversations just get better and stronger.

Since it was first launched in 2008, Tobacco Reporter magazine’s Global Tobacco Networking Forum (now Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum) (GTNF) has become the world’s leading interactive tobacco talk show. With GTNF 2015 we plan to enhance that reputation.

As with any stimulating conversation, participants will have something to say and something to learn. Industry leaders will mingle with experts from government, finance, public health and social responsibility, to the advantage of all. In forum presentations and focused workshops, GTNF will once again provide the perfect meeting place for discussion, debate and—where possible—consensus.

The GTNF sessions can roughly be divided into four themes—regulation, next-generation products, sustainability and industry inclusion. To help you pick the sessions that most closely match your interests, we have color-coded the sessions: red for regulation, blue for next-generation products, green for sustainability and orange for industry inclusion.

Tuesday September 15

11:00 – 18:00 – Registration (Royal Hotel Carlton; Grand Hotel Majestic; Hotel I’Portici)

16:30 – 18:30 – Women In Tobacco (WIT) Event – sponsored by Swedish Match (18th Century Breakfast Room, Grand Hotel Majestic)

18.30 to 23.00 – Welcome Reception – sponsored by SPV (Hotel I’Portici)

Wednesday September 16

 07:00 – 08:15 – Networking Breakfast – sponsored by Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. (Loggia Coperta/Scoperta, Palazzo Re Enzo)

*All morning plenary activities will take place in the Salone del Podesta of the Palazzo Re Enzo, Piazza del Nettuno, 1, Bologna.

08:20 – 08:50 – Welcome/Open EventElise Rasmussen, global sales and events director and publisher, Tobacco Reporter and Vapor Voice magazines; Patrick Basham, director, Democracy Institute; David O’Reilly, chairman, GTNF Advisory Board

08:55 – 09:20 – Keynote: Marco Mariotti, senior vice president, corporate affairs, Philip Morris International (PMI)

09:25 – 9:50 – Keynote: Paul Neumann, senior vice president, global leaf, JTI

9:55 – 10:20 – Keynote: Airton L. Hentschke, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Universal Leaf Tobacco Co, Inc., and senior vice president and chief operating officer, Universal Corporation

10:25 – 10:45 – Coffee Break (Loggia Coperta/Scoperta)

10:50 – 11:15 – Keynote: Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) (Malaysia)

11:20 – 12:05 – Panel Discussion: Impact of trade on corporate social responsibility, leaf requirements and the economy
Organizer: Mike Ligon, vice president, corporate affairs, Universal Corp.
Moderator: Mike Ligon
Panelists: Carlo Sacchetto, secretary-general, FETRATAB, (European Federation of Tobacco Growers); Pieter Sikkel, president and CEO, Alliance One International (AOI); Will Snell, agricultural economist, University of Kentucky; Francois van der Merwe, chairman and CEO, TISA (Tobacco Institute of South Africa); Wan Saiful Wan Jan

12:10 – 13:10 – Panel Discussion – (Ethics) Organizer: Karen Blakeley, senior lecturer, Winchester Business School; Moderator: Patrick Basham Panelists: Karen Blakeley, Clive Bates; director, Counterfactual (consultancy and advocacy group); Phillipa Foster Back, CBE, director, Institute of Business Ethics (UK); Kgosi Letlape, president, Africa Medical Association; David O’Reilly, group scientific director and R&D director, BAT and chairman, GTNF Advisory Board

13:15 – 14:30 – LUNCH sponsored by Alliance One International (Sala Atti)

14:30 – 15:45 – Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 (1hr, 15 min each)

Color key to session streams:

Regulation (Salone del Podesta)

Next Generation Products (Salone ReEnzo)

Sustainability (Sala del Quadrante)

Industry Inclusion (Sala del Capitano)

Session #1: Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)
Organizer: Michiel Reerink, vice president of global regulatory strategy, JTI
Moderator: Michiel Reerink
Panelists: Antonella Pederiva, secretary-general, Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (CECCM); Carlo Sacchetto; Chris Kozlik, development director, Parkside Flexibles

Session #2: Cig-a-likes, rods, tanks and pods: what’s next for next generation products?
Organizer: John Clayton, group head of government affairs, BAT
Moderator: John Clayton
Panelists: Martin Cullip, blogger and consumer associate, New Nicotine Alliance; Bonnie Herzog, managing director and senior tobacco, beverage and convenience store analyst, Wells Fargo; Ray Niaura, associate director for science, Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Legacy; Marina Trani, head of R&D, Nicoventures

Session #3: Leaf sourcing strategies
Organizers: Mark Kehaya, chairman, Alliance One International (AOI); Pieter Sikkel, president and CEO, AOI
Moderator: Graham Kayes, executive vice president of business relationship management and leaf, Alliance One International (AOI)
Panelists: Jeremy Armstrong, leaf sourcing manager, BAT; Ted Broome, executive vice president, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company; Jason Baits-Tomlin, vice president of strategic global supply chain, JTI; Juergen Tiemann, head of leaf purchasing, Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken; Francois van der Merwe

Session #4: FDA and TPD – Challenges for manufacturing
Organizer: Uwe Schey, COO, Xavo
Moderator: Uwe Schey
Panelists: James Cutforth, global sector manager for tobacco, Domino Printing Sciences plc; Susan Gernert, director of legal services, National Tobacco Company; Brian Lee, track and trace director, JTI; Daniel Nuesslein, IT solutions manager, Hermos AG

15:45 – 16:10 – Coffee Break (Loggia Coperta/Scoperta)

16:15 – 17:30 – Sessions 5, 6, 7, 8

Session #5: Plain Packaging
Organizers: Michiel Reerink; Marina Murphy, scientific reputation manager, BAT
Moderator: Michiel Reerink
Panelists: Duane Layton, head of government and global trade group, Mayer Brown; Neil McKeganey, director, Centre for Drug Misuse Research; Lorenzo Montanari, executive director, Property Rights Alliance; Flora Okereke, head of regulatory policy and engagement, BAT; Rupert Wilson, owner and managing director, Strategic Business Consulting

Session #6Consumer preferences in vaping products
Organizer: Ron Tully, owner, TNV Ventures
Moderator: Ron Tully
Panelists: Tim Campbell, CEO, VaporBeast (vape store wholesaler); Geoff Habicht, CEO, Smoking Vapor (vape store); Dennis Tan, founder, Sentiens LLC (Novus) (botanical e-cigs); Daniel Walsh, CEO, Purebacco (e-liquid manufacturer); Jean Paul Willett, CEO, VodaVape (e-liquid manufacturer);

Session #7: Leaf Sustainability
Organizer: Juergen Tiemann
Moderator: Juergen Tiemann
Panelists: Warwick Evans, senior manager for Africa, global agronomy – strategy, Imperial Tobacco; Masibonge Mzwakali, manager of corporate affairs for Eastern and Austral Africa, PMI; Lea Scott, vice president of agronomy services, Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.

Session #8: Investment: A view from the financial industry
Organizer: Erik Bloomquist, senior financial analyst for the global tobacco sector, BESI Grupo Novo Banco
Moderator: Erik Bloomquist
Panelists: Vivien Azer, director equity research, beverage and tobacco, Cowen Group Inc.; Jonathan Fell, partner and co-founder, Ash Park Capital; Bonnie Herzog; Michael Lavery, director and senior analyst for the tobacco sector, CLS

17:35 – 18:45 – Sessions 9, 10, 11, 12

Session #9: FDA Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) process – Possible FDA approval and its implications
Organizer: Jim Solyst, vice president of federal regulatory affairs, Swedish Match North America
Moderator: Jim Solyst
Panelists: Clive Bates; Jeannie Cameron, founder and managing director, JCIC International; Bruce Clark, vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs, PMI; Ray Niaura

Session #10: New oral nicotine, vaping and smoking products
Organizer: Ron Tully
Moderator: Ron Tully
Panelists: Michael Arnold, chief scientist, Next Generation Labs (U.S.) (synthetic nicotine); Michel Bracke, CEO, Nicoccino (Sweden) (oral nicotine strip); Dmitri Churakov, director, Shisha Fruit Panama (Dominican Republic) (hookah fruit); Raffaele Pettinato, CEO, Whiff, Rafteam Srl (Italy) (Kudzu liquids); Edward Zhou, general manager, Feellife (Shenzhen) (nicotine gel)

Session #11: Impact of trade issues (on CSR, leaf requirements, the global economy
Organizer: Mike Ligon
Moderator: Mike Ligon
Panelists: Carlo Sacchetto; Pieter Sikkel; Will Snell; Francois van der Merwe; Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Session #12: Consumer wants and needs
Organizers: Chris Russell, research fellow, Centre for Drug Misuse Research; Ron Tully
Moderator: Chris Russell
Panelists: Scott Ballin, health policy consultant; Simon Clark, director, FOREST (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco); Roger Penn, director, tobacco business unit, MANE; Riccardo Polosa, professor of internal medicine, University of Catania; Jeff Stier, policy analyst and senior fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research, Risk Analysis Division; Julie Woessner, executive director, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) (U.S.)

18:45 – 19:45: Networking Reception – sponsored by BMJ (Salone del Podesta)

19:45 Gala Dinner and Golden Leaf Awards sponsored by BMJ (Salone del Podesta)

DAY TWO – Thursday September 17

07:30 – 08:50 – Networking Breakfast – sponsored by Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. (Loggia Coperta/Scoperta, Palazzo Re Enzo)

*All morning plenary activities will take place in the Salone del Podesta of the Palazzo Re Enzo

09:00 – 09:10 – Setting of morning agenda and introduction of first keynote speaker by host Patrick Basham.

09:10 – 09:30 Keynote: Kingsley Wheaton, managing director, next generation products, BAT

09:35 – 09:55 – Keynote: “In search of harm reduction” – Jack Henningfield, vice president, research, health policy and abuse liability, Pinney Associates

10:00 – 10:20  – Keynote: Patricia Kovacevic, general counsel and chief compliance officer, Nicopure Labs

10:25 – 10:45Keynote: Yushu Zhu, director, Ruvian Technology Ltd, China

10:50 – 11:15 – Coffee Break (Loggia Coperta/Scoperta)

11.15 – 11.35 – Keynote: “Nicotine Reloaded” – Riccardo Polosa, professor of internal medicine, University of Catania

11:40 – 12:40 – Panel Discussion (Public Health) Moderator: Delon Human, president and CEO, Health Diplomats (Switzerland); Panelists: George Adams, cardiologist, Rex Healthcare, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Konstantinos Farsalinos, cardiologist, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens; Riccardo Polosa, professor of internal medicine, University of Catania

12:45 – 14:15 – LUNCH  – sponsored by Reynolds American Inc. (Sala Atti)

14:25 – 15:40 – Sessions 13, 14, 15, 16


Color key to session streams – current groupings: (TBD)

Regulation (Salone del Podesta)

Next Generation Products (Salone Re Enzo)

Sustainability (Sala del Quadrante)

Industry Inclusion (Sala del Capitano)


Session #13: Anti illicit trade (AIT)
Organizer: Alexander Kryvosheyev, vice president of corporate affairs, JTI
Moderator: Liz Allen, program adviser, International Tax and Investment Center, and director, Liz Allen Consulting
Panelists: Christopher Butler, chief of staff, Americans for Tax Reform; Dorel Fronea, coordinator, European Funds Ministry internal control department; Ernesto Savona, director, TRANSCRIME joint research center, and professor of criminology, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan

Session #14: E-cigarette product standards
Organizer: Patricia Kovacevic, general counsel and chief compliance officer, Nicopure Labs
Moderator: Liz Stevulak, director of educational programs, Food & Drug Law Institute (FDLI)
Panelists: Peter Beckett, head of compliance, Nerudia; Cynthia Cabrera, executive director, Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA); Patricia Kovacevic; Carl Phillips, scientific director, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association; Marina Trani

Session #15: Agricultural labor practices
Organizer: Kirsty Green-Mann, head of corporate responsibility, Imperial Tobacco Company
Moderator: Kirsty Green-Mann
Panelists: Miguel Coleta, director, of external labor practices, PMI; Mike Ligon; Tim Oliver, program development director, AB Sustain

Session #16: Science for regulation
Organizer: Mike Ogden, senior director, regulatory oversight, RAI Services
Moderator: Valerie Solomon, vice president and assistant general counsel, RAI Services
Panelists: Pierre-Marie Guitton, secretary-general, CORESTA; Jack Henningfield, Pinney Associates; Marina Murphy; Mike Ogden; Jed Rose, director, Duke Center for Smoking Cessation, Duke University

15:40 – 16:05 – Coffee Break (Loggia Coperta/Scoperta)

16:10 – 17:25 – Sessions 17, 18, 19

Session #17: Plain products
Organizer: Marina Murphy
Moderator: Andrew Manson, head of scientific engagement, BAT
Panelists: Clive Bates; Erik Bloomquist; Rolf Lutz, director product policy, PMI; Chris Snowdon, author and historian

Session #18: Heat Not Burn (HNB)
Organizer: Chris Koddermann, director of government affairs, Philip Morris International (PMI)
Moderator: Roger Penn
Panelists: Moira Gilchrist, director scientific engagement, R&D, PMI; Chris Proctor, chief scientific officer, BAT; Antonio Ramazzotti, vice president of market research and innovation, PMI; Steve Stotesbury, head of regulatory science, Imperial Tobacco Company

Session #19: Infestation
Organizers: Mike Ligon; Nico Vroom, managing director and head of R&D, Eco2
Moderator: Huub Vizee, head of regulatory affairs, Delfortgroup
Panelists: Lea Scott; Nico Vroom; Pieter van Rennes, technical sales manager, Oxy-Low Systems Europe

Delegates return to Salone del Podesta for finale

17:30 – 18:00 – Keynote: David O’Reilly

18:00 – 18:15Official close of GTNF 2015: Elise Rasmussen

18:15 – 19:15 – Networking – Hotels – return to venue

19:15 – Buses to networking reception and closing dinner. Sponsored by Philip Morris International (PMI) (Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena)

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