Speakers

Speakers who have already confirmed their attendance at the 5th Latin American and 1st Central American Conference on Drug Policy include:

Sonia Aiscar (Argentina). Undersecretary of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Territorial Approach, International Relations and Control of Chemical Precursors of the Secretariat of Planning for the Prevention of Drug Addiction and Action against Drug Trafficking (SEDRONAR).

Giselle Amador Muñoz (Costa Rica). Executive Director of the Costa Rican Association for Drug Study and Intervention (ACEID).

Norton Arbeláez (United States of America). Founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group of Colorado.

Adriana Beltrán (United States of America). Researcher on Citizen Security at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

José Alberto Briz Gutierrez (Guatemala). Director General of International, Multilateral and Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala.

Jimmy Carter (United States of America). 39th President of the United States and Founder of The Carter Center (Video message).

Myres Maria Cavalcanti (Brazil). Coordinator of the Technical Area of Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs of the city of San Pablo.

John Collins (United Kingdom). Coordinator of the International Drug Policy Project of The London  School of Economics (LSE).

Ernesto Cortés Amador (Costa Rica). Advocacy Coordinator of the Costa Rican Association for Drug Study and Intervention (ACEID)

José Miguel Cruz (El Salvador). Professor of Policy and International Affairs Department of the Florida International University (FIU).

Pablo Cymerman (Argentina). Institutional Relations Coordinator of Intercambios Civil Association.

Ana Helena Chacon. 2nd Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica.

Amado Philip de Andrés. Regional Representative for Central America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Carmen Rosa de León – Escribano (Guatemala). Executive Director of the Teaching for the Sustainable Development Institute (IEPADES).

Sonia Matilde Eljach Polo (Colombia). Consultant on Drug Policy issues for the Minister of External Affairs.

Anamelva Esther Felix Sotelo (Perú). Coordinator of the project “Promoting a listening and welcoming space for women deprived of their liberty” of the Annex-Chorrillos women’s prison. Member of the American Network of Interventions in Situations of Social Suffering (RAISSS).

Juan Carlos Garzón (Colombia). Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Consultant for the Ministry of Justice of Colombia.

Luiz Paulo Guanabara (Brazil). ). Executive Director of Psicotropicus -  Brazilian Center of Drug Policy.

Martha Guzmán de Castro (El Salvador). Community Leader. Youth Counselor  from communities of high vulnerability on violence prevention.

Jorge Hernández Tinajero (Mexico). President of the Collective for a Comprehensive Drug Policy (CUPIHD).

Julita Lemgruber (Brazil). Coordinator of the Center for Studies on Public Security and Citizenship at University Candido Mendes.

Rosa Julia Leyva (Mexico). National Security Commission, Secretariat of the Interior of Mexico.

Mario López-Garelli (Paraguay). Officer of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

María Elena López NúñezMinister of Health of the Republic of Costa Rica.

Pien Metaal (Netherlands). Coordinator of the Latin America Drug Law Reform Project at the Transnational Institute (TNI).

Manuel Antonio Molina Brenes (Costa Rica).  President of the Executive Board of the Alcohol and Drug-dependency (IAFA).

G. Isaac Morales Tenorio (Mexico). Assistant General Director for Development Challenges, External Affairs Secretary.

Marta Iris Muñoz Cascante (Costa Rica). Director of the Public Defender’s Office and member of the Executive Board of the Inter-American Association of Public Defender’s Offices’ (AIDEF).

Catalina Niño Guarnizo (Colombia). Coordinator of the Cooperation on Regional Security Program (PCSR) of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Cesar NúñezDirector of the Regional Support Team for Latin America, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Jorge Paladines (Ecuador). National Missionary Coordinator of the Public Defender’s Office and Member of the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD).

Catalina Pérez Correa González (Mexico). Professor and Researcher of the Juridical Studies at the Economic Research and Teaching Center (CIDE) and member of the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD).

Nischa Pieris (CIM/OAS). Researcher and Analist of  the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM)

Mary Price (United States of America). Juridical Consultant at Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM).

Jorge Luis Prosperi. Pan American Health Organization and world Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative in Costa Rica.

Manuel Seminario Bisso (Perú). Psychologist, journalist and businessman dedicated to the elaboration and commercialization of whole wheat food enriched with native flours.

Paul SimonsExecutive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).

Luis Guillermo Solís. President of the Republic of Costa Rica.

Xiuh Guillermo Tenorio Antiga (Mexico).  Director General of Citizen Participation in the Social Prevention of Violence and Crime, Ministry of the Interior of Mexico.

Cipriano Tix Lucas (Guatemala). Mayor of San Andrés Sajcabajá, Departament of Quiche. Member of the American Network of Interventions in Situations of Social Suffering (RAISSS).

Denise Tomasini – Joshi (United States of America). Deputy Director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program at the Open Society Foundations (IHRDP/FOS).

Graciela Touzé (Argentina). Social worker.  President of Intercambios Civil Association. Professor and researcher at the University of Buenos Aires.

Mike Trace (United Kingdom). President of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC).

Rodrigo Uprimny (Colombia). Director of the Center of Law, Justice and Society (DeJuSticia).

Augusto Vitale (Uruguay). Coordinator of the Regulation and Control of Cannabis Institute of Uruguay.

Yoriko YasukawaUnited Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Costa Rica.

Coletta Youngers (United States of America).  Principal Consultant in WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America).

Jose Luis Zarate Zárraga (Bolivia). Head of the Community Center  of the Munasim Kullakita (“quiérete hermanita”) Foundation. Member of the American Network of Interventions in Situations of Social Suffering (RAISSS).

Eugenia Zorbas (UN). Focal point on drug trafficking and organized crime issues at the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at UN Headquarters in New.

Ana Gabriel Zúñiga Aponte. Vice Minister of the Presidency and President of the Board of the Costa Rican Drug Institute.