INNCO Governance Documents
The Governing Board
Ángeles Muntadas-Prim chairs the Spanish Association Supporting Vapers (ANESVAP). ANESVAP was formed in 2014 and is the only association in Spain defending vapers’ rights.
Ms. Muntadas-Prim is co-founder/organiser of the THR Summit Spain (2018), which gathered tobacco harm reduction experts from around the world. She’s also been instrumental in promoting the Tobacco Harm Reduction Platform in Spain (2019) for doctors and scientists and in the creation of AHL Provape, a network of organisations in Latin America focused on vaping and THR.
As ANESVAP’s Chair, she meets with various politicians, doctors, medical associations, and media to advocate for consumers and promote THR. She also attends various events such as the ICO-WHO Symposia, GFN in Warsaw, the European Parliament, and political rallies in order to ensure that consumer interests are represented.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Barcelona University, a Master Degree in Pigmented Ceramics in China and the Islamic World, and a Degree in English Language.
Rob de Lange
Rob de Lange chairs Acvoda, the Dutch non-profit organisation which supports Harm Reduction alternatives for consumers, since 2018. Acvoda strives to inform consumers on the risks and benefits of Harm Reduction alternatives to smoking, based on unbiased , peer reviewed studies and scientific research.Mr. de Lange holds the view that only truth based factual information can withstand scrutiny and form a formidable defense against inappropriate regulations and non Harm Reduction based Tobacco regulating ideologies.
As Acvoda’s chair, he holds meetings with consumers, scientists, researchers and policy-makers and acts as a liaison for the Dutch e-cigarette trade organisation, as well as writing various media articles on Harm Reduction. With various certifications in IT-security, Mr. de Lange is well equipped to discern facts from fiction.
Former four packs a day smoker, an avid vaper since 2011, Mr. Pifko has been battling harmful regulations on national and European levels since 2012 to ensure that vaping remains an accessible alternative for all smokers.
As spokesperson, now vice chairman, of the Hungarian Vapers Association, he launched the EFVI European Citizens Initiative, organised protests, orchestrated the Hungarian premiere of “A Billion Lives,” and launched court challenges against the Hungarian government.
Joseph Magero is the Chairman of Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA), a pan-African organization that advocates for the adoption of tobacco harm reduction policies in Africa. As the unifying voice for consumer organizations, CASA promotes the exchange of information and potential actions to reduce exposure to tobacco-related harm.
Joseph has previously worked in the tobacco control arena for nearly a decade. His involvement entailed creating smoke-free environments, mandating bigger health warnings, making cigarettes more expensive as well as restricting advertising and marketing. He has since become an ardent tobacco harm reductionist, lobbying for the reduction of smoking-related diseases and mortality in Africa by advocating for reduced risk products for cigarette smokers.
A normal citizen who happened to smoke, like 30-40% of the French population, until he tried a vape by curiosity in 2013 and found it full of potential compared to smoking cigarettes. Improved its experience with, and knowledge of, vaping and “inadvertently” stopped smoking.
He joined Aiduce (French vapers association, partner of French Public Health for the “Mois Sans Tabac” yearly operation, member of AFNOR vaping products standards commission, presiding AFNOR e-liquid certification commission) to defend and inform himself as a consumer, to know if there was, and try to correct, any issues on products quality/security and then defend others like himself against unfounded or inappropriate regulations.
He now helps other people quit smoking in support groups online and sometimes in hospitals with doctors.
Tomás O’Gorman – Mexican lawyer and Corporations Law and Successions Law teacher at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Ex-smoker and vaper since 2016. Co-founder of “Pro-Vapeo Mexico”, a Mexican consumer association that advocates for tobacco harm reduction and non-combustible alternatives.
The General Secretariat
Charles A. Gardner
Charles has over 25 years of experience in global health. He has had a varied career including “on the Hill” as a staff person working for the US Congress. Charles has served as a diplomat in India (Health Attaché at the US Embassy), Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and Director of global health and child health research programs at three major foundations: The Rockefeller Foundation, the Optimus Foundation and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. Charles obtained his PhD in developmental neurobiology from the University of Michigan, and has over 100 publications. Charles is also a former smoker who lost his father to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He is a fierce advocate for all options to help smokers quit, and for all ex-smokers who use any safer nicotine alternative to toxic tobacco.
Kim Dabelstein Petersen
Director, Information Technology & Acting CFO
Kim Dabelstein Petersen has been the president of the Danish vaping consumer organisation DADAFO since 2014, working to establish collaborations with the various stake holders in public health in Denmark. On the international arena, he has been instrumental in getting a consumer viewpoint represented in the various standardisation efforts through both CEN and ISO. Mr Dabelstein Petersen is now a member of workgroups on both the ISO and CEN efforts to standardise vaping products
Originally the Treasurer for the INNCO Governing board, he transferred to being the INNCO interim Secretary General in 2018, and in 2020 into the position of COO/CFO.
Atakan Erik Befrits
Global Advocacy & Policy Analyst
Atakan Erik Befrits is a self-financed Swedish/Turkish tobacco harm reduction advocate, policy researcher, economist and entrepreneur. He serves as the pro bono Chairman of New Nicotine Alliance Sweden and as PR TAC for global umbrella CSO-NGO INNCO.
Mr Befrits ambition is global recognition and adoption of tobacco harm reduction products and strategies as FCTC mandated vital and complementary tools for a greatly accelerated end to smoking (WHO <5%).
COI: Mr Befrits declares no tobacco or vaping industry financial conflicts of interest. Mr Befrits declares non-financial confluence of interests with several product categories, with FCTC 5.3 respecting independence from the producers of such products.
After 25 years of cigarettes consumption, Olivier Théraulaz stopped smoking within 5 days thanks to
vaping in 2013. This personal experience was his Tobacco Harm Reduction advocacy starting point.
His anterior links with Drug Harm Reduction in Switzerland oriented him into his current advocacy for
a united global harm reduction movement including all dependencies, with or without psychoactive
Olivier Théraulaz has been the President of the Swiss vapers association, Helvetic Vape, from 2014
to 2019. He participated to the CEN and ISO Technical Committees and Working Groups on vaping
products between 2015 and 2018. He is a GREA (Swiss Addictions Study Group) member since
2016. He was a member of the initial INNCO Steering Group during 2017 and is a member of
INNCO’s Secretariat since the end of 2017.
Director, Membership & Advocacy Policy
Judy Gibson is currently INNCOs Membership Coordinator having led a Steering Group to establish the organisation in 2016 and acted as its first Secretary General following its registration in Geneva in 2017.
Her diverse career includes; WRAF Aircraft Mechanic, Detective Sergeant and over 30yrs in Artiste management and Theatrical PR & Marketing. Suffering early iterations of e-liquid vapourisers since 2012, she became an ex-smoker in 2014 with the advent of sub-ohm tanks and became a vociferous supporter of safer nicotine products.
Chief Administrative Officer
Janet has strong organisation skills and is deadline orientated. Her 20+ years in international administration within the corporate arena means she is used to keeping calm in high pressure situations and working with conflicting deadlines. She brings structure to a work environment with a relaxed yet professional manner.
Social Media Director
Jeffrey Zamora is the president of Asovape Costa Rica (Pro-THR consumer organization) and board member of ARDT Iberoamerica, an alliance of consumer organizations advocating for tobacco harm reduction in the Iberoamerican region. He smoked for 17 years and is one of those “accidental quitters by vaping” as he tells his story to get involved in THR: “I bought a nicotine vaporizer just to reduce the number of combustible cigarettes I smoked daily, which was around 30, didn’t want it to quit, I have tried quitting many times before with no success but started vaping 6 years ago and the transition to this less risky alternative was so easy, I just quit smoking with practically no effort”. Jeffrey Zamora has been working in Social Media and Marketing with NGOs, Government Entities, and Commercial Brands.