INNCO Governance Documents
The Governing Board
Julie Woessner graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1986. Ms. Woessner, a retired lawyer, has been involved in tobacco harm reduction advocacy since early 2009 and has been an active member of CASAA (The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) since its inception in 2009.
CASAA is one of the founding members of INNCO and is a US-based public health and education nonprofit which engages in policy advocacy in the U.S. involving legislative and regulatory matters to protect access to low-risk alternatives to smoking and mobilizes its 250,000+ members to do the same.
Ms. Woessner was appointed to serve on CASAA’s Board of Directors in 2012 and was elected to serve as its Legislative Director in 2013, President of the Board 2014-2018, and served as Executive Director from 2014 to 2017 before assuming her role as Director of National Policy.
Secretary / Treasurer
Samrat Chowdhery has been a journalist for two decades with stints in mainline newspapers in India. He is the founder-director of Association of Vapers India (AVI) and is involved in tobacco harm reduction advocacy since 2014, building grassroots resistance to anti-THR policies through consultations with authorities and other stakeholders, identifying and seeding research opportunities, and also by filing legal challenges in a number of Indian states that have prohibited lower-risk tobacco alternatives.
Mr. Chowdhery was honoured with ‘Advocate of the Year’ award at Global Forum for Nicotine (GFN) held in Warsaw in June 2018.
Mr. Chowdhery is currently working on a project that evaluates the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of lower-risk options for bidi smokers and smokeless tobacco users, which involves opening cessation clinics across the country.
Ingmar, a professional web designer, has been engaged in vaping advocacy since 2015 when he founded the E-cigarette Sellers & Users Union (E-liit) Estonia. He resigned from E-liit in 2018 to establish a purely consumer-based THR advocacy organisation registered under NNA UK guidelines – NNA Suitsuvaba Eesti (NNA Smokefree Estonia).
His experience includes dispatching copious submissions to Parliamentary consultations and taking part in negotiations with various government ministries regarding the regulation of e-cigarettes in Estonia. He has written numerous media articles, appeared on TV/YouTube, and orchestrated a petition obtaining 5,000 signatures triggering a parliamentary enquiry.
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.
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.
Asa Saligupta is director and founding member of ENDs Cigarette Smoke Thailand, a consumer group that was founded a few years ago when vaping became illegal, and it aims to legalise THR as an alternative for those who want to quit smoking.
Asa received a Bachelor’s Degree from Assumption University, Thailand and his Master Degree from Avila University, USA. He is a lecturer at Rajabhat University & Chulalongkorn University, and presently, works as Intertrade Manager at Probiotic and Herbal manufacturing company.
The General Secretariat
Kim Dabelstein Petersen
Secretary General (Interim)
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.
He has held the position of INNCO interim Secretary General since 2018, previously sitting on the INNCO Governing Board of Treasurer.
Atakan Erik Befrits
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.
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.
Muriël Schipper has been involved in patient advocacy since her teens which fed her interest in health and related issues. She has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and works as a poverty relief officer.
Ms Schipper smoked since she was 14 years old and had never been able to quit until she discovered vaping in 2013. She was chair of the Dutch consumer’s organisation Acvoda from 2016 until 2018.