Derek Yach

Derek Yach, most recently chief health officer of the Vitality Group, will reflect on how the tobacco and nicotine product industries—both traditional and emerging—can contribute to public health, commenting on the promise and the challenges of this strategy. Yach has held numerous prestigious positions relating to public health in the private and public sectors. At the World Health Organization (WHO), he served as cabinet director under Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland, where he led the development of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the global strategy on diet and physical activity. Previously, he led global health and agriculture policy at PepsiCo.