International Committee

Mark Bellis

Public Health Wales

Professor Mark Bellis is Director of Policy, Research and International Development for Public Health Wales, Chair of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention and alcohol lead for the UK Faculty of Public Health.

Mark leads a range of national and international projects addressing alcohol and drug use, violence, sexual behaviour and public health intelligence.

He is the UK Focal Point for Violence and Injury Prevention to the World Health Organization and a founding member of the WHO Global Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA). Mark has acted as an expert advisor on alcohol, violence and drug use to the Department of Health, WHO and other United Nations organisations.

Gregor Burkhart


Gregor is responsible for prevention responses at the EMCDDA. He developed databases on best practice examples (EDDRA), on evaluation tools (EIB) the Prevention and Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK) and the Prevention Profiles on the EMCDDA websites.

His main activities are to develop common European indicators on the implementation of prevention policies in member states and to promote a better and clear understanding of universal, selective, indicated as well as environmental prevention across European countries.

Gregor works on methodologies for monitoring prevention responses, how to improve and how to evaluate them.

Amador Calafat


Amador Calafat is a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist. He has been the editor of the Adicciones journal for 26 years.

The Irefrea (European Institute on Prevention Research) network has been involved for many years in nightlife research and prevention. Amador’s research covers different aspects such as describing and understanding the clubbing contexts, studying risk behaviours like sexual risk practices, violence, etc.

One of the achievements has been the production of the ‘Health and Safety European Standards for nightlife venues’ according to scientific research, including their acceptability by the industry itself, as well as taking into account cultural and country sensitivities.

Paul Dillon

Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA), Australia

Paul has been working in alcohol and other drug field for over 25 years and has worked in the club health area for much of that time.

He has been involved in a wide range of research projects investigating the use of ecstasy, ketamine and GHB and was an investigator on a WHO study examining cocaine use in Australia.

He has developed and trialed a UNODC Global Youth Training Workshop preventing amphetamine type stimulants among young people. DARTA provides training to a wide range of audiences as well as develop resources, many of which deal with nightlife issues.

Karen Hughes

Public Health Wales

Karen is Research and Capacity Development Manager at Public Health Wales. Previously she was Professor of Behavioural Epidemiology at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University.

Karen’s research focuses on violence prevention, alcohol use and health and behaviour in nightlife environments. She has conducted a wide range of original research studies in nightlife environments, along with intervention evaluation studies and reviews of evidence on what works to create safer nightlife environments.

Karen has been a member of the Club Health conference organising team since the 2nd event in Rimini in 2002.

Stefanie Jones

Drug Policy Alliance, USA

Stefanie is director of audience development at the Drug Policy Alliance, a U.S. nonprofit advocacy organization whose mission is to change drug laws so that they reflect health rather than criminal justice principles.

In 2014 she created the Music Fan program and its #SaferPartying campaign, which advocates for honest drug education, harm reduction services and drug policy alternatives at festivals, concerts and clubs. 

In her prior role within the organization as event manager she produced four editions of the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, as well as numerous other meetings, including the 2013 Club Health San Francisco conference. 

She is based in New York.

Matej Košir

UTRIP, Slovenia

Matej has been working in the field of addiction prevention and drug-related policy for the last 18 years.

He is a member of the European Society for Prevention Research, the Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN), the International Confederation of ATOD Research Associations (ICARA), the Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF).

He is an author, co-author and reviewer of scientific articles and papers, and external evaluator of EC-funded projects in the field of health and research.

He is a lecturer and facilitator of trainings and workshops in the field of prevention and advocacy. He was a Postgraduate Research Assistant at Oxford Brookes University (UK) in the period of 2015-2016.

Fernando Mendes

IREFREA, Portugal

Fernando is a Clinical Psychologist working in Coimbra, Portugal. He has been actively involved in research and implementation of programmes in drug prevention and risk behavior since 1987.

He is the coordinator of Irefrea Portugal, which conducts cross-national investigation in youth risk behavior and substance use in nightlife settings. He does the coordination and supervision of outreach teams in Azores and Coimbra.

Fernando organised Club Health Lisbon 2015.

Zara Quigg

Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Zara is a Reader in Behavioural Epidemiology at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, where she leads a team of researchers examining issues around violence, alcohol and nightlife health.

She has over 10 years of experience of designing and implementing original research in nightlife settings across the UK and Europe, exploring alcohol consumption and related harms, and evaluating interventions aimed at preventing such harms.

She is a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention, and works on various research projects promoting and supporting the public health approach to violence prevention.

Zila M Sanchez

Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil

Zila is a professor at the Preventive Medicine Department of Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil. She has been coordinating studies on Brazilian nightlife for the past years.

Her main research focus is binge drinking among youth and interventions to reduce alcohol misuse among patrons in bars and adolescents at schools, funded by the most important research agencies of Brazil, including the Ministry of Health. 

She is now a consultant of the United Nations (via PNUD/Brazil and the São Paulo State Government COED) on International Drug Policies.

Adam Winstock

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and London and Global Drug Survey. UK

Adam is a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London.

He has spent over a decade researching new trends, focusing on their patterns of use, effect profiles and predictors of harm. He has also monitored the impact of legislation on their use.

He has written over 100 papers, monographs and book chapters. He is interested in helping to craft optimal public health responses to drugs and had written papers considering alternatives to criminalization as a means of legislative control.

Adam is also founder and director of Global Drug Survey and architect of the drugs meter.

Ninette van Hasselt

Trimbos Institute, Netherlands

Ninette van Hasselt is head of the Youth & Risk Behaviour department at the Trimbos Institute – Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction.

Her key role is to coordinate the development and dissemination of research based interventions aimed at professionals involved in substance abuse prevention.

Ninette has been involved in public health for over 15 years, with a particular focus on campaigns and on clubbing and health.

She also is the author of a book for parents on adolescents and nightlife.