Tuesday – 20 October – TABEXPO OPENING
10:00 – David O’Reilly, group scientific director, BAT: Opening of TABEXPO

Wednesday – 21 October –DAY ONE CONGRESS
10:00 – Angela Harbutt, director, Liberal Vision: Welcomes all to Congress
10:15 – Giles Roca, director general, Tobacco Manufacturers' Association: Welcome address
10:30 – Patrick Basham, director, Democracy Institute: GTNF 2015 Bologna—an overview
10:55 – Erik Bloomquist, senior analyst, Haitong Securities: The financial climate in the tobacco and nicotine industry
11:20 – Coffee
11:45 – Flora Okereke, head of regulatory policy and engagement, British American Tobacco: Plain packaging
12:10 – Nick Harris, Japan Tobacco International: Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)
12:35 – Lunch
14:00 – Tim Phillips, founder and managing director, E-Cigarette Intelligence Survey: Growth of e-cigs in alternative distribution channels (vape stores and online)  
14:25 – James Murphy, head of reduced risk substantiation, British American Tobacco: Next-generation products
14:50 – Ron Tully, owner, TNV Ventures: E-cigarettes: International strategies and trends
15:15 – Coffee
15:40 – Stuart D. Thompson, CEO, US Tobacco Cooperative: Positioning U.S. flue-cured tobacco in today’s global markets
16:05 – Kirsty Green-Mann, head of corporate responsibility, Imperial Tobacco Group: Sustainability
16:30 – Angela Harbutt: Closes first day of Congress, previews Day Two
Thursday – 22 October – DAY TWO CONGRESS
10:00 – Angela Harbutt: Opens Day Two Congress
10:10 – Mark Littlewood, director general, Institute of Economic Affairs, London: Ranging far and wide
10:35 – Elena Mamontova, director of tobacco taxation, JTI: Anti-illicit trade
11:00 – Coffee
11:25 – Clive Bates, director, Counterfactual: Bad science
11:50 – Chuan Liu, head of THP science, British American Tobacco: Science for regulation
12:15 – Lunch  
13:45 – Patricia Kovacevic, general counsel and chief compliance officer, Nicopure Labs: Tobacco Control Act
14:10 – Mark Kehaya, chairman of the board, Alliance One International: Turning over a new leaf?
14:35 – Coffee
15:00 – Drew Johnson, journalist: An unfair COP?
15:25 – Simon Clark, ‎founder of the Free Society and director of FOREST: Rights and responsibilities—why the consumer must come first
15:50 – Brian Hawley, historian: Smoking tales on the high seas
16:15 Angela Harbutt: Congress roundup
16:40 – Elise Rasmussen: Close of Congress




JTI – Japan Tobacco International – is a leading international tobacco company, with headquarters in Switzerland. We were formed in 1999 when Japan Tobacco Inc. acquired the non-US operations of tobacco company R.J. Reynolds. The further acquisition of UK-based Gallaher in 2007 nearly doubled the size of JTI by adding 11,000 new employees. [more]


CTV (Cooperativa Tabacchi Verona) is a cooperative of growers founded in 1969 and located in Salizzole, in the southern region of Verona, Italy, a historic tobacco growing area.The cooperative belongs to a group of shareholder growers and is fully integrated in the tobacco-growing chain. [more]


Chidziva Tobacco Processors (CTP) was founded in 1998 and has been buying and selling tobacco ever since. The company is a privately owned Zimbabwean tobacco merchant. [more]

WIT meeting Monday
19 October, 18:30 to 22:30

The BAT-sponsored evening is open to all WIT members, and we welcome the talented women from around the world who are converging on London in conjunction with TABEXPO. We anticipate lively discussion and debate during the panel session and over dinner, as well as some outstanding networking! This event is free for all women working in the tobacco and vapor industries. 

Please register for the event by email to
VENUE: THE CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, a 10-minute stroll from the ExCeL exhibition center.


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