General Counsel, Cryomass Technology Inc. and Principalat
An experienced legal, regulatory & compliance department leader, Patricia I. Kovacevic’s career comprises leading senior legal & regulatory positions with tobacco & cannabis corporations, including Philip Morris International & Lorillard, as well as partner roles with premier global law firms. Her expertise includes senior management roles & leading multinational, cross-disciplinary teams, with focus on corporate law, FDA & EU regulatory, compliance, M&A, US & global food, drug, nicotine & consumer goods regulation, cannabis/CBD regulation, external affairs & the legal framework applicable to marketing, media communications, investigations, FCPA, trade sanctions, privacy, intellectual property, product development & launch. She also led cross-disciplinary teams engaged in scientific research efforts. Kovacevic served on various trade association bodies & conference advisory boards. She authored several articles on nicotine regulation, co-authored an academic treatise, “The Regulation of E-Cigarettes” & is often invited as a keynote speaker or panelist before global conferences & government agencies public hearings. Kovacevic is an attorney admitted to practice in New York, before the U.S. Tax Court, before the U.S. Court of International Trade & before the Supreme Court of the United States. She holds a Juris Doctor (doctor of law) degree from Columbia Law School in New York & completed the Harvard Business School “Corporate Leader” executive education program.
UK Vaping Industry Association
John has a strong background and reputation in the European e-cigarette industry having held senior executive positions in some of the US and Europe’s biggest companies. As managing director of Dyflin Group Consulting, he advises many leading industry analysts, financial institutions and media organisations looking at the vaping sector. John is also Director-General and one of the founders of the UKVIA, the UK’s largest vaping Industry association and has advised the UK government All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaping as well as giving evidence before the UK Science & Technology Committee investigation into the Vaping industry, the Australian and Irish Parliaments review on vaping. John regularly appears on national television, radio as well as national and international print media. John is a popular guest speaker at many of the world’s leading conventions.
Head of Innovation and Marketingat
Ian Tindall is the Innovation and Marketing Director of Cerulean, a respected manufacturer of laboratory test equipment for the vaping industry. Ian is responsible for defining the new products that Cerulean brings to market and has been instrumental in expanding the Cerulean portfolio to ENDS testing. His working life has been concerned with the design of scientific and industrial instrumentation, firstly for VG Scientific then for Zellweger Analytics (now part of Honeywell) before joining Cerulean in 2004. He has presented scientific papers at CORESTA, TSRC and ACS on subjects concerned with tobacco testing. He has had numerous articles published in trade journals and holds patents in topics as diverse as x-ray source design and electrodes for gas detection. Ian graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology with a degree in Analytical Chemistry and has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Manchester University in the UK.
Robert has considerable cross spectrum experience in the vape and CBD sectors he is highly regarded for the knowledge & support that he provides into the industries and the advice and guidance he gives to group and independent retailers. Robert is the Managing Director for Arcus Compliance who are rapidly becoming the ‘go to’ vape and CBD compliance agency in Europe. He was recently the Group Managing Director for Eco Vape Ltd, an own label and OEM Manufacturer of vape e-liquid. Robert has an additional directorship with Dushey Med Ltd, who cultivate hemp/cannabis in Colombia, selling bulk derived products (CBD) across Europe. You may have seen Robert speak at the Hemp and CBD Expo held at the NEC in Birmingham where he facilitated the subject presenters. Robert has authored several articles in retail magazines, he works closely with regional Trading Standards officers and the MHRA regarding vape compliance and CBD product safety.
Jeannie Cameron is a Public Affairs & Regulatory professional with over 25 years’ experience & is currently CEO of JCIC International, a UK based strategic advocacy consultancy focused on bespoke advice & engagement. She is a leading expert on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control FCTC, including attending its development in Geneva & the development of its subsequent Protocol on Illicit Trade. She provides advice on national implementation & matters relating to the FCTC COP. She founded JCIC in 2011 but took an 18 month break in January 2020 to work as Vice President, International at Juul Labs. Before JCIC she headed BAT’s Int’l Political & Regulatory Affairs Division focusing on int’l public health & anti-illicit trade advocacy. JCIC’s clients have included multi-nationals & start-ups. She has an LLM in international law; a degree in politics /communications & a graduate diploma in finance & economics. She earned a distinction from King’s College University London for a dissertation on Emerging International Public Health Issues – Human Rights, Harm Reduction & the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). She has been a parliamentary advisor & chief of staff as well as a civil servant in the International Legal Section of the Australian Cabinet. She has served as Co-Chair of OECD’s Charting Illicit Trade Taskforce. She has been an active commentator in the public health policy area of harm reduction, as well as public admin & governance reform.
whatIF? Consulting Ltd
Ian is an independent consultant with expertise in regulatory and scientific aspects of nicotine and tobacco products. Ian most recently worked for JUUL Labs as Senior Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs EMEA, and previously he was Director of Tobacco Research at Celerion, a provider of clinical research capabilities and expertise to the tobacco and e-cigarette industry. Prior to that, Ian was Principal Scientist and Head of Clinical Research at British American Tobacco's central research and development centre in Southampton, U.K. He specializes in the biological and psychological effects of nicotine, clinical and pre-clinical studies to assess the biological effects of electronic cigarettes and tobacco heating devices, and the scientific basis for regulation. Prior to working in the industry, Ian pursued an academic career as a Lecturer in Physiology at the University of Manchester and an Assistant Professor in Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Ian is a highly-cited scientific researcher and writer, contributing to more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters which have generated over 2,400 citations.
Technical Director, Totally Wicked, Product Design and Engineeringat
Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)
Liam Humberstone is Technical Director at Totally Wicked Limited. His involvement with standards and regulations for e-cigarettes and e-liquid started with a notorious legal challenge, but he has since worked collaboratively with regulators at UK National, European and other International levels. His background is in design engineering and scientific research, and he has been involved in the e-cigarette industry since 2011.