Challenges and Opportunities

Since 2014, a distinguished advisory board has helped the GTNF team to define its agenda.  Once again, in 2017, we are selecting the most relevant topics and the most influential speakers and panelists to shed light on them.

Each year, we are also proud to welcome a growing range of voices from experts and thought-leaders both inside and, crucially, outside tobacco and nicotine. The participation of representatives from government, the financial sector, public health and the media offers a unique opportunity to gain broader and deeper insights into the challenges facing our business.

Visit this page for updates as we develop an Agenda that reflects the issues and ideas you need to know about now.

For further information on speakers and panel participants, please visit our page at Look Who’s Talking 2017. Timing detail and participant names will continue to be updated.

NB: All plenary, breakout and networking events will take place in the New York Barclay Hotel unless otherwise noted below. 

REGISTRATION DAY – Tuesday September 12

11:00 – 18:00 – Registration

17:00 – 18:45 – Women In Tobacco (WIT) Event (Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center) Speaker: Ashley Davis, founder, partner, West Front Strategies (government relations) sponsored by RAI Services and National Tobacco

19.00 – 22:00 Welcome Reception (Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center) sponsored by RAI Services                                              

 DAY ONE – Wednesday September 13

 07:00 – 08:00 – BREAKFAST  (sponsored by Universal Leaf Tobacco) (located on 2nd Floor Gallery)

(All plenary activities take place in the Empire Room on 2nd floor)

08:05 – 08:15 – Welcome/Open Event: Elise Rasmussen, founder and president, GTNF; Mark Kehaya, chairman, Alliance One International (AOI), and chairman, GTNF Advisory Board; Patrick Basham, director, Democracy Institute.

08:15 – 08:40 – Keynote – Debra Crew, president and CEO, Reynold’s American Inc.

08:45 – 09:25 –Keynote – Mitch Zeller, director, US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (FDA)

09:30 – 09:40 – Keynote – Derek Yach, senior vice president and chief health officer, The Vitality Group

09:45 – 09:55 – Keynote Michael Cummings, professor, Medical University of South Carolina Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; co-director, Tobacco Policy and Control Program at Hollings Cancer Center

10:00 – 10:10 – Keynote – Dorothy Hatsukami, Forster Family chair in Cancer Prevention; associate director, Masonic Cancer Center; professor of psychiatry, University of Minnesota

10:15 – 10:35 – COFFEE (sponsored by Madvapes/Alohma/ALD)

10:40 – 10:50 – Keynote Amy Fairchild, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of health policy and management, Texas A&M University School of Public Health

10:55 – 11:45 – Plenary Panel Discussion I: Nicotine policy and public health Moderator: Jack Henningfield, vice president, research, health policy and abuse liability, Pinney Associates. Panelists: Michael Cummings; Amy Fairchild; Dorothy Hatsukami; Derek Yach;

11:50 – 12:30 – Keynote Julian Kinderlerer, emeritus professor of IP law, University of Cape Town; former president and current member, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technology. (EGE); associate, SciCom – Making Sense of Science; with whom he has published extensively and organised multiple engagement platforms, the most recent being the ‘Pan-African; Science, Society & Policy Indaba (Dialogue)’; chemist and professor of Intellectual Property Law; member, and immediate past president, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) (which advises European Commission President Juncker).

Keynote Title: Ethics and Principles of Science and Society Policy-Making: The Brussels and Cape Town Declarations, 2012 – 2021

This plenary bridges the 2017 launch of The Brussels Declaration (a unique, twenty-point blueprint for a new set of ethics & principles to inform work at the boundary between science, society and policy), to ongoing work towards its pan-African equivalent, The Cape Town Declaration to be launched at the World Science Forum 2021.

12:30  – 13:45 – LUNCH (sponsored by Moon)

13:55 – 14:55 Plenary Panel Discussion II: Finding common ground: promoting engagement among stakeholders to advance policy-related objectives. Moderator: Scott Ballin, health policy consultant. Panelists: Clive Bates, director, Counterfactual (consultancy and advocacy group); Tanya Denckla Cobb, director, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia; Mohamadi Sarkar, senior principal scientist, Altria; Jim Solyst, vice president, federal regulatory affairs, Swedish Match North America; David Sweanor, adjunct professor of law, University of Ottawa


 15:00– 16:30 – Sessions 1, 2, 3

Regulation – Empire Room

Harm reduction – Barclay Room A

Sustainable futures – Barclay Room B

Session #1: Enforcement of existing US tobacco and nicotine regulations

Session #2: Tobacco harm reduction models

Session #3: Key challenges for global tobacco: the investor’s view

16:35 – 16:55 – COFFEE (sponsored by U.S. Tobacco Co-operative (USTC)

17:00 – 18:30 – Sessions 4, 5, 6

Session #4: Global implications of product standards

Session #5: Risk and regulation: the impact of excessive legislation on consumer behavior

Session #6: Leaf Trends

18:30 – 19:30 – Networking Reception (sponsored by Allliance One International)

19:30 – late – Dinner and Golden Leaf Awards (sponsored by BMJ)  (Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor)

DAY TWO – Thursday September 14

07:30 – 08:45 – BREAKFAST (sponsored by Universal Leaf Tobacco) (located on 2nd Floor Gallery)

08:50 – 08:55 – Welcome/Open Day 2

09:00 – 09:25 – Keynote – Marc Firestone, senior vice-president and general counsel, PMI

09:30 – 09:55 – Keynote – Hugh Haydon, president, Kentucky Bioprocessing Inc. (KBP)

10:00 – 10:25 – KeynoteJose Luis Murillo, vice president, regulatory affairs, Altria

10:30 – 10:55 – COFFEE (sponsored by Madvapes/Alohma/ALD)

11:00 – 11:25 – Keynote – Kingsley Wheaton, managing director, next generation products, BAT

11:30 – 12:30 – Plenary Panel Discussion III: What is sound science? Moderator: David Abrams, professor, department of social and behavioral sciences, NYU College of Global Public Health. Panelists: Konstantinos Farsalinos, research fellow, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, (Athens); Kgosi Letlape, president, Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA); Riccardo Polosa, director, Institute for Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology; professor of internal medicine; founder and supervisor, Center for Tobacco Research, University of Catania

12:35  – 14:05 – LUNCH – (sponsored by SWM)


Regulation – Empire Room

Harm reduction – Barclay Room A

Sustainable futures – Barclay Room B

14:05 – 15:45 – Sessions 7, 8, 9

Session #7: Anti-illicit trade

Session #8: Future of next generation products

Session #9: Liking, wanting and needing: contemplating and regulating appetites and addiction.

15:50 – 16:15 – COFFEE (sponsored by U.S. Tobacco Co-operative (USTC)

 16:20 – 17:20 Plenary Panel Discussion IV: Harm reduction in other settings. Moderator: Sally Satel, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute, psychiatry lecturer, Yale University. Panelists: Guy Bentley, research associate, Reason Foundation; Mark Goodwin, cardiovascular specialist, Advocate Health; Damon Jacobs, marriage and family therapist and associate fellow, R Street Institute; Mark Kleiman

17:25 – 17:35 – Event Overview – Mark Littlewood, director general, Institute of Economic Affairs

17:40 – 18:05 – Closing Keynote – David O’Reilly, group scientific and R&D director, BAT.

18:10 – 18:20Last Word – Patrick Basham

18:25 – 18:45 – Official close of GTNF 2017

18:45 – 21:30 – Closing drinks/Networking (sponsored by Turning Point Brands)