Dr. Derek YachMBChB, MPH, DSc (Honoris Causa)
Dr. Derek Yach, a global health expert and anti-smoking advocate for more than 30 years, is the founder and president-designate of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. Throughout his career, he has supported and led smoking cessation research and policy development and has been a strong proponent of harm-reduction policies, calling for a greater emphasis on harm reduction as early as 2005. He is also a passionate advocate of health promotion and disease prevention, and is advancing his career’s work at the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Tom HardingChief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
As the chief operating officer and chief financial officer, Tom Harding ensures the Foundation’s operations enable it to achieve its mission of reducing death and disease from smoking. Tom oversees all financial and operational functions of the Foundation, including asset management, financial planning and analysis, and accounting.
Tom is a senior financial executive with more than 25 years of experience working for major corporations. His diverse financial experience includes debt and equity capital markets, asset management, financial planning and analysis, financial risk management, and cash management.
Most recently, Tom was the acting treasurer of Time Warner Cable through its merger period with Charter Communications. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s capital structure, direction of debt and equity capital markets activity, interest rate risk management and treasury operations. Previously, he held leadership positions in finance at Time Warner, Inc. and Macmillan, Inc.
Tom is based in Connecticut, United States. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in finance.
Vice President, Agriculture and Livelihoods
Jim LutzweilerVice President, Agriculture and Livelihoods
Jim Lutzweiler, a public policy and market development expert, is the vice president of agriculture and livelihoods. He has more than 20 years of experience developing public-private partnerships to reduce food insecurity globally, and spent a decade working and living in West and Central Africa while focused on agriculture program design and implementation, market development and policy formulation.
Before joining the Foundation, Jim was senior director of global public policy at PepsiCo where he developed strategies to encourage consumer uptake of healthier food and beverage alternatives. As part of this work, he implemented a shared value partnership business model to promote sales of healthy products by driving positive consumer choice.
Prior to his position at PepsiCo, Jim served as vice president of AARP Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit that provides people age 50 and over with programs and services related to housing, hunger, income and isolation. In this role, he focused on addressing the systemic causes of elderly hunger, devising public-private partnerships with the healthcare and retail grocery sectors designed to increase nutrition and reduce food insecurity among older adults. He was also a founding member of the Root Cause Coalition, a diverse group of hospital systems, nonprofits, and corporate partners dedicated to making hunger a health issue embedded within the social determinants of health.
Jim has also served in leadership roles with Joint Aid Management, World Vision and Catholic Relief Services. At Joint Aid Management, he was responsible for oversight of U.S. government grants, corporate and foundation grants, and philanthropic funding, as well as expanding school feeding programs in Ghana and Nigeria. During his time at World Vision, he led the efforts for a unified food advocacy strategy focusing on issues of foreign aid, trade and food aid policy, with an emphasis on policy reform in recipient countries. Jim lived in West and Central Africa while at Catholic Relief Services developing and implementing emergency response food distribution programs, supplemental feeding for vulnerable groups and agricultural recovery.
Jim is originally from New Jersey, United States, and has an MA from Duquesne University in policy analysis, as well as a BA in political science and philosophy from Hope College.
Program Director, Health & Smoking Control
Ehsan LatifProgram Director, Health & Smoking Control
As program director, Dr. Ehsan Latif is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of global initiatives that support smoking cessation and harm reduction.
Dr. Latif has more than 20 years of experience managing the development and implementation of cohesive strategies to achieve public health gains by linking global health priorities to the needs on the ground. Previously, he served as senior adviser for non-communicable diseases and director of tobacco control at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, managing global teams across India, China, Singapore, Mexico, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Brazil and Chad. His work entailed providing leadership for planning, organizing and prioritizing focused interventions for tobacco control to ensure delivery of strategic goals through collaboration.
In his early career, he was responsible for the development of the National Health Policy for Pakistan and served as a main contributor of the non-communicable diseases debate in the early 2000s. His work has since involved capacity building and provision of grants to governments, civil society organizations, universities and researchers. He recently led and managed US$10M program to support policy development for tobacco control in low- and middle-income countries faced with highest burden of disease caused by tobacco use.
Dr. Latif has served on the boards of several public health entities, including The Framework Convention Alliance, the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance, and the Global Smoke Free Partnership. He is also a member of various international groups working on lung health and tobacco control setup under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control secretariat and the World Health Organization.
Dr. Latif is originally from Pakistan and now resides in Scotland. He holds an MD from Punjab Medical College and an MPH from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.