Board Members

GAPA Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

Professor Sally Casswell

Professor Sally Casswell, New Zealand


Sally Casswell is a social scientist, Director of SHORE and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre at Massey University.

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Professor Isidore S Obot, Nigeria

Vice Chairperson

Professor Isidore S. Obot is currently a tenured professor and Chairperson of the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore MD, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology University of Uyo, Nigeria.

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Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee


Professor David Jernigan, USA

The Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY), at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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GAPA Secretary

Mr Øystein Bakke, Norway

Øystein Bakke is on the staff of FORUT—Campaign for Development and Solidarity, a Norwegian NGO that specializes in alcohol and drugs as a development issue.

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GAPA Board Members


Mr Derek Rutherford, UK

Mr Rutherford is past Chair of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance, and the Editor in Chief of the international journal ‘The Globe’.

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Professor Thomas F Babor, USA

Professor Thomas F Babor is Chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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Mr Sven-olov Carlsson

Sven-olov Carlsson is past President of IOGT, an international NGO.

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Professor Sungsoo Chun, South Korea

Professor, Department of Counseling and Psychology, Sahmyook University.



Professor Charles Parry, South Africa

Professor Parry is Director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Unit (ADARU).

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Paula Johns, Brazil

Paula Johns is Program Developer for REDEH – Human Development Network, a feminist organization based in Rio de Janeiro and founder and director of the ACT Tobacco Control Alliance in Brazil


Pham Thi Hoang Anh, Vietnam

Pham Thi Hoang Anh is currently the Country Director of HealthBridge Canada’s office in Vietnam. She has does research with the Vietnam National Cancer Institute and is a strong tobacco and alcohol advocate.


Kumnuan Ungchusak, Thailand

Kumnuan Ungchusak, MD. MPH is board member of Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Thailand. He has background as a Senior Expert in Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology).


Issah Ali, GAPA board member

Issah Ali, Ghana

Issah Ali is Director of VALD – The Vision for Alternative Development – in Accra, Ghana, and is Head of the Secretariat of Western Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance.



Pubudu Sumanasekara, Sri Lanka

Pubudu Sumanasekara is the Executive Director of the Colombo based Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) and is Vice President of IOGT International. Pubudu is a visiting lecturer of University of Colombo and Rajara University Sri Lanka.