Conference Speakers


Please find information on our Conference Keynote and Plenary Speakers below.


Keynote Speakers:

Diana BishbeinDiana H. Fishbein, Ph.D.

Director of Translational Neuro-Prevention Research in the FPG Child Development Institute at University of North Carolina

Giovanna CampelloGiovanna Campello

Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, UNODC

Harry SumnallProfessor Dr. Harry Sumnall

Professor in Substance Use at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Michael FarrellProfessor Michael Farrell

Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW

Faculty Theme Lead of Mental Health, Neuroscience, Ageing and Addictions, UNSW Medicine

Nora VolkowNora D. Volkow, M.D.

Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health

Peer van der KreeftPeer van der Kreeft

President European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)

Vladimir Poznyak

Vladimir B. Poznyak, MD, PhD

Unit Head, Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviours, Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, World Health Organization (WHO)

Patrick KennedyPatrick J. Kennedy

Former U.S. Representative

Co-chair of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19 (National Response) and co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Behavioral Health Integration Task Force

Zili SlobodaZili Sloboda, ScD.

President, Applied Prevention Science International




Adam KurillaAdam Kurilla

Clinical psychologist, Center for Treatment of Drug Dependencies in Bratislava, Slovakia

General AgusGeneral Agus Irianto, SH, MH, M.Si, Ph.D

Head of Research, Data and Information of Indonesia NNB

Aisha Saddiqua

Aisha Saddiqua

Global Master Trainer GDDR (UNODC-ISSUP- 2019)

Amar AhmadAmar Ahmad Ph.D.

Research Scientist at the Public Health Research Centre at New York University Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates


Amr Osman

Dr. Amr Osman

Assistant Minister of Social Solidarity and Manager of the National Fund for Drug Control and Treatment of Addiction

Amy RonshausenAmy Ronshausen

Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.)

Anja BusseAnja Busse

Programme Officer, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section
Drugs, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Annette Dale-PereraAnnette Dale-Perera

CEO Naufar and international consultant for Colombo Plan

Antonio LombaAntonio Lomba

Chief of the Institutional Strengthening Unit of the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of the American States (OAS)

Asia AshrafAsia Ashraf

Director of rehabilitation and consultant psychologist at Greenfield Hospital of Psychiatry

Azucena AvalosAzucena de Aleli Avalos Jara, MSc

Implementation coordinator of the School Prevention Program of the Use of Psychoactive Substances

Barak ShapiraBarak Shapira. B.Sc.Pharm, M.A., Ph.D.

Pharmacist, researcher, and policy coordinator at the Israel Ministry of Health pharmaceutical crime unit

Bawo JamesDr. Bawo James

Addiction psychiatrist, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Benin City

Director of the Nigeria International Technology Transfer Centre (Nigeria ITTC)

Beatrice KathunguDr. Beatrice Kathungu

Full time faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Kenyatta University, Kenya

Coordinator of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) Africa Region

Brian Morales

Brian Morales

Chief of the Countenarcotics Branch for the U.S. Department of State, working within the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Global Programs and Policy (INL/GPP)

Carl GasparCarl M. Gaspar PhD.

Experimental Psychologist

Carlton HallCarlton Hall

President and CEO of Carlton Hall Consulting LLC

Carmel Clancy

Dr. Carmel Clancy

Professor in Addictions and Mental Health, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Middlesex University London UK

President (2020-2022) International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA)

Carmen OrteCarmen Orte Socias

Full Professor at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).

Director of the UIB Family Research Laboratory (LIFAC, acronym in Spanish), 30 years of research in family prevention.

Cary Hopkins EylesCary Hopkins Eyles

Deputy Director for International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR)

Cecilia ChauDr. Cecilia Chau

Director of the master's degree in addictions and addictive behaviors at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and a full-time principal professor in the Academic Department of Psychology of the PUCP

Charlotte SissonCharlotte Sisson

Senior Foreign Affairs Officer in the Drug Demand Reduction Section of the Office of Global Policy and Programs in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Dan GheorghitaDan Gheorghita

ISSUP Chapter Ecuador /” Instituto Prevén” Foundation / Secular University “Eloy Alfaro” Manta, Ecuador/Hemisferios University

Deokie Sintra MaharajDeokie Sintra Maharaj

Deputy Permanent Secretary responsible for policy implementation, research and programme management in the Ministry of National Security, Trinidad and Tobago

Diana AstocondorDiana Astocondor Fuertes

Teacher with 15 years of experience working with young students, specializing in academic coordinator

Diego Riofrio

Diego Fernando Riofrío Jaramillo

Actualmente preside ISSUP Capítulo Ecuador, es creador de la Fundación Instituto Prevén

elisa rubini

Elisa Rubini

(Consultant) Coordinator of the Case Care Management System program, Institutional Strengthening Unit, Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Organization of American States (OAS).

Elizabeth OgunbiyiElizabeth Ogunbiyi

President, IntNSA-Nigeria

Emmanuel StipEmmanuel Stip, MD

Professor of psychiatry and Chair of the department, United Arab Emirates University

Eric BrownEric C. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the University of Miami’s Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine

Eva SuryaniDr. Eva Suryani

Director of Education and Research at Atma Jaya Hospital Jakarta

Dr. Evelyn HigginsDr. Evelyn Higgins

Doctor with 34 years in clinical practice and Diplomate in American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders

FAITH IZIBENUA ZIBS-GODWINDr. Faith Izibenua Zibs-Godwin

Chairman, Bayelsa State Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation Committee

Fan YangFan Yang

Foreign Affairs Officer within the Office of Global Programs & Policy in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Fernando SalazarFernando Salazar Silva, MPH, Ph.D

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia





Gidien RyaanGidien Ryaan Amri

Clinical Counsellor of Substance Use Disorder Therapy and Rehabilitation / Media Developer, KAPETA Foundation



Grace FroeseGrace Froese

Community Director of Provincial Drug Court Development and Training

Edmonton John Howard Society(EJHS) in partnership with Alberta Justice & Solicitor General(AJSG)


Goodman SibekoGoodman Sibeko, MBChB, PhD

Head of Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town


Gregory Bunt, M.D. FASAM, FISAM

Immediate Past President, International Society of Addiction Medicine

Harrieth NdumwaDr. Harrieth P Ndumwa

Research Fellow at the directorate of research and publications and the department of haematology and blood transfusion, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)

Helena HoralekHelena Horálek

Psychologist working in the prevention of risk behaviour in cooperation with the Department of Addictology, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University (CUNI)

Hisham ElarabiHisham Elarabi, PhD

Two decades of experience in Addiction treatment, prevention, research, policy development and training

Igor KoutsenokIgor Koutsenok, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry

Director, UCSD Center for Criminality & Addiction Research, Training & Application

Director, ITTC-Ukraine

Irina PinchukDr. Iryna Pinchuk

Director of the Institute of Psychiatry of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Ivan Montoya

Ivan D. Montoya, M.D., M.P.H.

Clinical Director of the Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences (DTMC) of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) HEAL Initiative in Therapeutics Development for Opioid and Stimulant Use Disorders

Jac CharlierJac A. Charlier, MPA

Executive Director, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) Center for Health and Justice (CHJ), Executive Director, Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC)


Her Honour Ms. Jacqueline Wilcott

Senior Parish Court Judge (Ag)

Called to the Bar of England and Wales and Jamaica

Appointed to the bench in October 2015 to present

Jallal Toufiq

Professor Jallal Toufiq

Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat

jason kewJason Kew



Jeff LeeJeff Lee

Senior Consultant, ISSUP

Jimena KalawskiJimena Kalawski

Chief of the Demand Reduction Unit of CICAD





Joanne CapozziJoanne Capozzi

Counsel and former Prosecutor for over 30 years in Toronto, Canada

Joel JohnsonJoel Johnson

President and CEO of TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities)

Juliana MejiaJuliana Mejia

Director of Prevention at Corporación Nuevos Rumbos, Bogota Colombia




Lambert OigaraLambert Onderi Oigara

Clinical Psychologist, the founder, and director of CBT-Kenya based in Nairobi, East Africa




Lameze AbrahamsLameze Abrahams

Health Professions of South Africa registered clinical psychologist

Lydia AjayiLydia Adza Ajayi

Director/Registrar at the Federal School of Occupational Therapy (FSOT), Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, Lagos




Majed Alloush

Majed Mohammad Alloush

Psychological counselor

Manish KumarManish Kumar

Team Leader, Technical Support Unit, National AIDS Control Organisation, Government of India





Marc Potenza Dr. Marc Potenza

Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine

Mariam Al HadhramiMariam Al Hadhrami

Research Assistant, National Rehabilitation Center Abu Dhabi

Mariano MontenegroDr. Mariano Montenegro

Director of the Colombo Plan office for Latin America and the Caribbean and external trainer for the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime in Vienna (UNODC)

Marina PiazzaDr. Marina Piazza

International Technology Transfer Center Director of Peru

Matej Kosir

Matej Košir

Director of the Institute for Research and Development »Utrip« (UTRIP)





Sen. Mattie HunterSenator Mattie Hunter

State Senator in the Illinois General Assembly



Mauro Patti

Mauro Patti

Coordinator of the international relations and cooperation of the Villa Maraini Foundation

Melody HeapsMelody Heaps

President Emeritus, TASC INC; President, MMH & Associates; Chair, ISSUP; Secretary Treasurer, ICUDDR

VlahopoulouVlahopoulou Melpomeni Ioanna

Prevention Worker, SEIRIOS Centres for the Prevention of Addictions and the Promotion of Psychosocial Health 


Michal MiovskyMichal Miovsky

President of International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR)

Professor of Clinical psychology, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic


Miriam CueDr. Miriam Cue

Registered psychologist and psychometrician, Philippines

First working chairperson of the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology of the Professional Regulation Commission

Nady el-GuebalyDr. Nady el-Guebaly

Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary, Canada

Past Medical Director of the Calgary Health Region Addiction Centre and Program




Nam Cao HoangNam Cao Hoang

Founder and Chief Coordinator of the Vietnam Program for Internet & Society (VPIS),University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi




Natalia Zachartzi

Natalia Zachartzi

Implementation of training programs for the Greek National School of Judge

Invited professional at the Criminal Law and Addictions Postgraduate Program of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Social Inclusion Postgraduate Program of the Democritus University of Thrace

Nguyen Bich DiepDr. NGUYEN, Bich Diep

Quality and Credential Coordinator of Vietnam International Technology Transfer Center (V-ITTC)

Nick MellosDr. Nick Mellos

Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Voluntary) at University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the site director for the UCSD Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at the Veteran Affairs San Diego (VASD) Healthcare System

Nirvana MorganDr. Nirvana Morgan

Chairperson of the international Network of Early Career Addiction Medicine Professionals working in the area of Addiction Medicine (NECPAM)

Obot BasseyObot Uduak Bassey

State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Akwa Ibom State

Olha MyshakivskaDr. Olha Myshakivska

MD Psychiatrist, Institute of Psychiatry of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

National Chapters Coordinator in Asian region, ISSUP

Pablo Carvacho

Pablo Antonio Carvacho Traverso

Director of Research and Development of the Justice and Society Center of the Catholic University of Chile




Pall RikhardssonDr. Pall Rikhardsson

Chief Executive Officer of Planet Youth

Patricia RosPatricia Ros

Regional Director for Spain and Latin America in Planet Youth ehf. 




Paulo MartelliDr. Paulo Martelli

Director, ISSUP Brazil

Phaedon KaloterakisPhaedon Kaloterakis




Pierluigi Mancini PhDPierluigi Mancini PhD

President of the Multicultural Development Institute, Inc




Rachele DoniniDr. Rachele Donini

Psychologist and Psychotherapist, the Public Local Health Agency (ASL 2-Savona, Italy), Department of Mental health and addiction



Randy KochDr. J. Randy Koch

Associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University

Rasha Abi Hana

Rasha Abi Hana

Scientific Support Coordinator at the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP)

Researcher at Vrije University Amsterdam in the Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology Department

Raghda AlgamilDr. Raghda Algamil

Director of Addiction treatment department in General Secretariat of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt

Richard GoncalvesRichard Goncalves

Medical doctor currently undergoing Psychiatry specialist training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa



Richard RawsonRichard A. Rawson, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and a Research Professor at the Vermont Center for Behavior and Health at the University of Vermont

Rodrigo GoycoleaRodrigo Goycolea

Academic Director of the Drug Program of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Central University of Chile


Roger PetersDr. Roger Peters

Emeritus Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, University of South Florida, United States.



Roshan BhadDr. Roshan Bhad

Associate Professor of Psychiatry at National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi

SamirSamir Mohamed Foad Abou El Magd, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry

Samuel BettiolSamuel Bettiol

Operational Manager of Freemind and ISSUP Brazil

Samya Al Memari

Dr. Samya Al Memari, DrPh, MPH, MQM, BSN

Chair of the International Society of Addiction Professionals (ISSUP) UAE National Chapter

Eastern Mediterranean Deputy Regional President of the World Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation (WAPR)


Dr. Shamil Wanigaratne D.Clin.Psych., FBPsS., FBABCP.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Advisor to H.E. Director General at the National Rehabilitation Centre, Abu Dhabi

Sherry LarkinsSherry Larkins, Ph.D.

Friends Research Institute and UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Terrence WaltonTerrence D. Walton

Chief Operating Officer for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

Vu Thi Tuong ViVu Thi Tuong Vi, MPH,

HIV-Addiction Technology Transfer Center at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City

Wadih MaaloufDr. Wadih Maalouf

Programme Officer, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

William CranoDr. William Crano

Distinguished Professorship in Psychology in Claremont Graduate University’s Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

Dr Yatan Pal Singh Balhara Dr. Yatan Pal Singh Balhara

Additional Professor of Psychiatry at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

Yusuf Abdallah Shikanda Yusuf Abdallah Shikanda

Principal Magistrate at Shanzu Court in Mombasa, Kenya.

Zall KepliZall Kepli, PhD.

Director of Supreme Training & Consultancy Malaysia