Jeffrey Drope is Vice President, Economic and Health Policy Research at the American Cancer Society. He is also Professor in Residence of Global Public Health at Marquette University. His research and capacity-building efforts focus principally on the nexus of risk factors for cancer (e.g., tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity) and economic policy (e.g., taxation, trade and investment).

Neil W. Schluger, M.D. is Senior Advisor for Science at Vital Strategies. He is also Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Science and Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Schluger is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and has written over 150 scientific publications which have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA and others. He is an expert in the field of global lung health and is a founder and director of the East Africa Initiative in Pulmonary Medicine, a capacity building program that is training the first generation of lung specialists in Ethiopia.


Zachary Cahn, PhD. is Director, Economic and Health Policy Research at the American Cancer Society. His principal research focus is novel tobacco products.

Jacqui Drope, MPH is Managing Director of Global Cancer Prevention and Early Detection at the American Cancer Society. She leads programs at ACS that focus particularly on tobacco control and HPV vaccination across many low- and medium-HDI countries.

Stephen Hamill is Vice President of Policy, Advocacy and Communication at Vital Strategies, a leading global public health organization. He supports governments in taking up cutting-edge policies like smoke-free indoor air laws or soda taxes, especially in low- and medium-HDI countries where prevention policies can save millions of lives.

Farhad Islami Gomeshtapeh, M.D. Ph.D. is the Strategic Director, Cancer Surveillance Research in Surveillance and Health Services Research at American Cancer Society. His work focuses on monitoring and describing trends in cancer occurrence in the United States and worldwide. He also conducts and collaborates on research on cancer disparities and cancer risk factors, in particular tobacco smoking. Dr. Islami was a member of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) secretariat in the IARC Monographs Volume 100: A Review of Human Carcinogens Part E, Lifestyle Factors, and the IARC Handbooks volume 14, The Effectiveness of Tax and Price Policies for Tobacco Control. Dr. Islami has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including studies of the association of cigarette smoking and other types of tobacco use with cancer and other chronic disease, several book chapters, and the Tobacco Atlas, 5th Edition.

Alex Liber, MSPH is a Data Analyst in the Economic and Health Policy Research program at the American Cancer Society and a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Using multiple methodologies, his research focuses on issues in tobacco control policy and surveillance, including novel tobacco product regulation, tobacco pricing, and health insurance.

Nigar Nargis, Ph.D. is a Director of Economic and Health Policy Research, American Cancer Society. Her research focuses on issues related to tobacco taxation, tobacco affordability, tobacco use and poverty, and regressivity in some tobacco control policies. She served as a Senior Economist in the Tobacco Control Economics Unit, Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in the World Health Organization and as a faculty member in the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has wide experience in working with the governments in the area of tobacco control economics. She has made expert contributions to publications including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Handbooks of Cancer Prevention (Tobacco Control, Volume 14: Effectiveness of tax and price policies in tobacco control) 2011, and U.S. National Cancer Institute and World Health Organization Tobacco Control Monograph 21: Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control.

Michal Stoklosa is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics. He serves as Senior Economist, Taxation & Health in the Economic and Health Policy Research Program at American Cancer Society. He conducts research primarily on economic determinants of tobacco smoking and on public policy design to reduce the health and economic impact of tobacco use, including through tobacco taxation and measures to address illicit tobacco trade. Other areas of his research include the effects of tax policies on use of electronic cigarettes, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as behavioral economics issues around intertemporal choices in nutrition and physical activity. He also educates government officials and tobacco control advocates in issues around tobacco taxation, the influence of tax policies on health behaviors, and illicit trade in tobacco products. He provided trainings to policymakers from over a dozen countries.