foundation for a smoke-free world announces board of directors - Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

foundation for a smoke-free world announces board of directors


The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is announcing the appointment of an initial group of five leaders with diverse expertise in finance, medicine, agriculture, business transformation and governance to its newly formed board of directors. The leaders were intentionally selected for their ability to bring fresh perspective to tobacco control, spur the development of new ideas and encourage innovative thinking in the quest to reduce harm and deaths from smoking.

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World board members are:

  • Dyborn Chibonga, Malawi and Mozambique regional head, Alliance for a Green Revolution
  • Zoe Feldman, MPH, MBA, managing director, Almanac Investments
  • Lisa Gable, chairman emeritus, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
  • Michael Sagner, MD, chairman, European Society of Preventative Medicine; member of the board, International Society of P4 Medicine; medical director, SARENA Medical Center
  • Martin Skancke, MSc, founder and general manager, Skancke Consulting

The board of directors will provide strong, skilled oversight of the Foundation and its activities to ensure independence, compliance and transparency. Members will advise on finances, governance and research, making certain the Foundation’s activities remain in line with its stated mission and assuring the Foundation’s science is of the highest possible quality.

The board will be assisted by members of two technical advisory committees, one for tobacco control and one for agriculture. These technical advisors, who will be named soon, will guide the development and implementation of the Foundation’s scientific programs.

“With one death every six seconds from smoking, we must urgently accelerate global efforts to end smoking with fresh ideas, new players and innovative partnerships outside the traditional tobacco control core,” said Dr. Derek Yach, the Foundation’s president. “I am thrilled the Foundation has such high-quality board members from such diverse backgrounds. With their support and guidance, we will develop a strong research agenda, identify new solutions to help the world’s one billion smokers, and form new collaborations to move us more rapidly toward a smoke-free world.”

More information about each board member is available in the leadership section of the Foundation’s website.

About the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating global efforts to reduce deaths and harm from smoking, with the ultimate goal of eliminating smoking worldwide. The Foundation also supports populations who are disproportionately burdened by a rapid transition away from smoking, with an initial focus on helping tobacco farmers in the developing world. For more information about the Foundation, please visit

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