Executive Board

INWAT Members vote for the Executive Board every three years in conjunction with the World Conference on Tobacco or Health. Regional representatives are assigned by the Executive Board.

Executive Board

Marion Hale, President
Project Officer University of Tasmania – TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Marion Hale works in Health Promotion in Tasmania, Australia. At the World Congress on Tobacco or Health 2012 Marion was elected Secretary of INWAT. and in 2015 was elected President.

Marion’s work supporting women spans 17 years and includes crisis support, counselling, and policy development. In 2012, Marion was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to visit programs that support women to become smoke free in pregnancy.  She is the Deputy Chair of Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) for 5 years and represented AWHN at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2010.Marion has recently taken up a position on the Psychology Board of Australia.


Mary Okioma, Vice President
Executive Director
, Women for Justice in Africa- KENYA

Mary Okioma is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Gender Committee of the Law Society of Kenya. She co-ordinates the African Women’s Alliance for Tobacco Control (AWATC) and is currently the Executive Director at Women for Justice in Africa, an NGO based in Nairobi that is working to advance the rights of African women through building local capacity to address women’s rights violations. Mary occasionally writes on issues related to tobacco and human rights.


Beatriz Champagne, Treasurer
Executive Director, InterAmerican Hearth Foundation – USA

Beatriz Champagne, Ph.D., is executive director of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to prevention of heart diseases and stroke in the Americas. She spearheads initiatives such as “Community Interventions for Health,” in Mexico City addressing diet, physical activity and tobacco; and “Smokefree Mexico”, a program that has resulted Mexico City becoming 100% smoke free. In addition, Beatriz helped organized initiatives such as tobacco warning labels in the Caribbean, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Journalism Awards, tobacco control research, emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) networks and training, nicotine dependence treatment training, salt reduction, women and heart disease, among others.

She is an investigator and organizer of the CARMELA Study of 7 Latin American cities to evaluate risk factors of heart disease. Her organization received the 2009 Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control. She is in the Executive Committee of Global Advocacy for Physical Activity, and INWAT, International Network of Women Against Tobacco.

Beatriz holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and a B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Illinois. She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Dr. Elif Dagli, Secretary
Past Chair National Coalition on Tobacco or Health – TURKEY






Regional Representatives

Sophia Chan, Regional Representative for Asia Pacific
Professor, University of Hong Kong, School of Nursing- HONG KONG

Professor Sophia Chan is currently Professor in Nursing and Director of Research in School of Nursing. She is the Deputy Director of Public Health Research Centre and Assistant Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. She is also the first nurse in Hong Kong to be awarded the Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), and the Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians. Sophia’s research portfolio includes public health, tobacco control and health communication. Her earlier work explores comparative ethno-cultural differences between Chinese and other smokers through the synthesis of epidemiological and social science methodologies. She developed a programme of research to test nurses’ interventions to change smokers’ behaviour, and to protect children from exposure to second-hand smoke. Sophia is one of the top funded nursing researchers in Hong Kong, and publishes extensively in international journals in nursing, tobacco control, and public health. She consults internationally and was invited by the World Health Organisation to provide leadership on their tobacco control programme and policy workshops. She heads the Health Communication team in the HKJC FAMILY project, and has been leading various research projects to establish and disseminate evidence-based community-based participatory interventions in promoting health, happiness, and harmony among families in Hong Kong.


Elizabeth Tamang, Regional Representative for Europe
Local Health Authority of Alta Padovana – ITALY

Elizabeth Tamang, is a medical doctor specialized in Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, currently working at the Department of Prevention in the Local Health Authority of Alta Padovana. She is responsible for tobacco prevention strategy at the Veneto Region (Italy) and  responsible for tobacco control strategy at the Local Health Authority as well. Liz also teaches tobacco control strategy at the Post graduate School of Hygiene and Preventative Medicine at the University of Padova. She has previously served in various roles related to health promotion and tobacco prevention, including Coordinator of the Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion in Padova (1992-1999); Coordinator of female cancer screening programmes for the Local Health Authority of Veneto Region (1999-2002); Consultant at the WHO European Office in Copenhagen (1994-1995), Director of the Regional Centre for Prevention (2002-2008) and project manager of European and regional projects on health education, health promotion and tobacco prevention (1994-2011). She was also the vice director at the Hospital of Camposampiero (2009-2014).

Liz is the Chair and Advisory Board member of INWAT Europe Foundation and a member of the Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network. She previously served as President and Advisory Board member of the European Network for Smoking Prevention (2002-2008) and as board member of the European Network of Young People and Tobacco (1996-2007).


Mariela Alderete, Regional Representative for South America
Capacitación de Médicos en Tabaquismo – ARGENTINA

Mariela Alderete, M.D., currently serves as the Vice Director at the Fundación InterAmericana del Corazón Argentina (InterAmerican Heart Foundation Argentina – FIC Argentina), a nongovernmental organization, whose mission is to promote public policies and social changes that ensure the protection of the right to health through the reduction of chronic non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. She also leads a regional initiative for monitoring the tobacco industry interference with tobacco control policies in Latin America and the Caribbean and implementing response strategies.

Between 2008 and 2011, Mariela was assistant coordinator at the Smokefree Alliance of Argentina (ALIAR), a civil society coalition to promote 100% smoke-free environments in Argentina. She performed several research investigations and publications on the effectiveness of public health policy and clinical interventions with special focus on tobacco control and gender. In 2012, Mariela received the International Network of Women Against Tobacco Award 2012 (INWAT) for her dedication and commitment to tobacco control and women’s health.

Mariela graduated from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. She completed her residency in General Medicine and Community and she trained at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires as a Specialist in Family and Preventive Medicine. She is trained in clinical research, epidemiology and evidence-based medicine in GESIC. She was also trained on the Implementation of 100% smoke-free environments by the Pan American Health Organization.


Mira Aghi, Regional Representative for South and South-East Asia
Behavioural Scientist – INDIA

Mira B. Aghi, Ph.D. is a Behavioural Scientist and a Communications Expert whose work has focused on intervention research and advocacy in tobacco control in her own country as well as internationally. She is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Mira received the Distinguished Achievement Award—Indian Space Research Organization for the development of innovative TV program material in support of the Satellite International Television Experiment by Dr. Dhawan in 1976. She was the first woman from Asia to be awarded the WHO Gold Medal on Tobacco Control in 1989. Mira is the recipient of Academy Award, Asian Academy of Films and Television, 1995. In 2005 she was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Behavioural Science from Universidad Del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the recipient of the Tribute for Outstanding Service to Women, International Network of Women Against Tobacco in 2009. She was named one of Twenty Women Achievers in Health Care by Modern Medicare magazine in 2009. Mira received the Luther Terry Award for Outstanding Community Service from the American Cancer Society in 2012.

Mira is the co-author of the 1982 and 1991 UICC manuals on Smoking and Children, as well as the author of the 1999 WHO Strategy on Women’s Health as affected by tobacco. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago.


Past Presidents

Patricia Lambert, Past President 2012 – 2015
Director, International Legal Consortium, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids – USA

Patricia Lambert is a South African human rights lawyer and social justice advocate currently working as the Director of the International Legal Consortium (ILC) at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, DC – part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

Since January 2007, the ILC has assisted almost 80 countries to draft or revise their tobacco control legislation and is currently assisting several countries to defend their tobacco control measures in courts of law. In addition, the ILC has created and maintains the world’s first searchable on-line database for law and tobacco control, tobaccocontrollaws.org. The database currently contains legislation from 196 countries, in-depth analysis of laws from 74 countries as well as almost 1,000 court decisions from around the world.

For ten years, during the Mandela and Mbeki administrations, Patricia worked as a legal adviser to the South African government on a range of human rights, trade, environmental and health issues. Working within the Ministry of Health, she was the Chief Negotiator for the government on two major international law initiatives: the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the world’s first public health treaty, and the International Health Regulations. Patricia also assisted the government in its historic legal battle with the multinational pharmaceutical industry over South Africa’s groundbreaking laws aimed at providing affordable medicines.

In addition to serving on the INWAT Board, Patricia currently serves on the Boards of Action on Smoking or Health (ASH-US) and the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA). She is a past Board member of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).


Lorraine Greaves, Past President, 2006-2012
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health – CANADA

Lorraine Greaves, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist and Senior Investigator at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Canada and former Executive Director at the BCCEWH from 1997–2009. She has worked in academic, government, education and NGO settings. Lorraine is an international expert in women’s tobacco use, sex and gender in research and gendered tobacco policy and programming. She has published 9 books including the award-winning Smoke Screen: Women’s Smoking and Social Control (1996), Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use (with Poole, 2007) and Transforming Addiction: gender, trauma and transdisciplinarity (with Poole and Boyle, 2015).

Lorraine is a researcher, speaker and writer on addiction and substance use, trauma and violence, and tobacco use, particularly among girls and women. She is the lead mentor of IMPART (addictionsresearchtraining.ca) a training program in gender, women addiction and mental health issues for graduate students funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Lorraine carries out knowledge translation programs aimed at integrating gender and diversity analyses into tobacco control and improving health promotion for women. She is a member of the International Liaison Group on Tobacco Control, tasked with selecting and overseeing the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, 2018. She was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in 2007 from the University of Ottawa for her work improving women’s health and the INWAT Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.


Margaretha Haglund, Past President, 1997-2006
Swedish National Institute of Public Health – SWEDEN

Margaretha Haglund has a long career in tobacco control in Sweden, almost 30 years. She was in charge of the national tobacco control program at the Swedish National Institute of Public Health 1992-2007. Since 2011, she is a senior adviser at ThinkTank Tobaksfakta (an independent NGO) in Sweden. She also served as a tobacco control expert to the Swedish Ministry of Health on matters related to the FCTC (2000-2010). She was in charge of Sweden´s contribution to the FCTC Article 12 Guidelines for which Sweden was one of the Key Facilitators. Margaretha is also the past president of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco, INWAT (1997-2006). Margaretha has also received several prestigious awards like the WHO medal and the Luther Terry Award in 2006.



Deborah McLellan, Past President
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – USA

Deborah L. McLellan, Ph.D. is one of the founding mothers of INWAT and its original president. She has worked on women’s health issues for many years and co-wrote chapters on women and tobacco for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Women and Smoking, and Our Bodies Our Selves. For the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities, she has provided expertise on gender and class issues. Currently she is a Senior Scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and is focused on worker