Global Vaping Perspectives

Thursday 16th June 13:30 - 15:00

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Get to grips with what is happening in the vaping industry around the world. What opportunities and challenges are other countries facing and how can we learn from their experiences?


  • John Dunne, Director General, UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) and Managing Director of Dyflin Group Consulting


  • Mr Ao Weinou, Secretary General, Electronic Cigarette Industry Committee of the China Electronic Chamber of Commerce (Virtual)
  • Peter Beckett, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, (Virtual)
  • Dustin Dahlmann, President & Co Founder, Independent European Vape Alliance (IEVA) and CFO, Innocigs
  • Patricia Kovecevic, Founder, RegulationStrategy (Virtual)
  • Fred Roeder, Managing Director, Consumer Choice Centre


John Dunne

Director General

UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA)

John has a strong background and reputation in the European e-cigarette industry, having held senior executive positions in some of the US and Europe’s biggest companies. As Managing Director of Dyflin Group Consulting, he advises many leading industry analysts, financial institutions and media organisations looking at the vaping and CBD sectors. John is also Director-General and one of the founders of the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), the UK’s largest vaping Industry association and has advised the UK governments All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaping as well as giving evidence before the UK Science & Technology Committee investigation into the Vaping industry and the Australian Parliaments review on vaping.

John regularly appears on national television, radio as well as national and international print media. John is a popular guest speaker at many of the world’s leading conventions.

Peter Beckett


He is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of the group, which also holds the largest vaping community in the world,, together with being the Policy Director for the Independent European Vape Alliance.

Dustin Dahlmann

President & Co-Founder

Independent European Vape Alliance (IEVA)

Dustin Dahlmann from Hamburg, Germany is the president of the Independent European Vape Alliance (IEVA), the German vaping industry association BfTG (Bündnis für Tabakfreien Genuss e.V.) and owner of the successful e-cigarette wholesale InnoCigs. He fights for an autonomous regulation of vaping products as a means to harm reduction independent from tobacco industries throughout Europe.

Patricia Kovecevic



RegulationStrategy was founded by Patricia Kovacevic, a global legal and compliance FDA-regulated industry expert. With twenty years of experience, Patricia’s track record comprises past leading senior legal and regulatory positions at, among other, Philip Morris International, Lorillard and vaping company Nicopure Labs. While at Lorillard, she led the team that obtained the first ever premarket authorization for a tobacco product issued by the FDA under the Tobacco Control Act (in 2013) and was instrumental in the acquisition of blu™ and Skycig by Lorillard. At Nicopure Labs she spearheaded the litigation against the FDA challenging the so-called “deeming rule”. Prior to joining Lorillard she was a partner at Patton Boggs. Her expertise includes successful premarket tobacco applications, global nicotine, ENDS and tobacco regulation, TPD, cannabis regulation, compliance, M&A and all regulatory aspects of marketing/media communications, corporate affairs, criminal investigations, FCPA, trade sanctions, privacy, product development and launch.

Patricia served on the board of directors of the Vapor Technology Association, on the advisory board of the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum and is a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). She authored several articles on nicotine regulation, and is often invited as a keynote speaker and presenter before global conferences and government agencies. In the past she was a United Nations staff member, and she served on the U.N.’s Public-Private Partnership Commission focusing on transportation infrastructure. Patricia is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and before the Supreme Court of the United States. She holds a Juris Doctor (doctor of law) degree from Columbia Law School in New York, an M.A. in Philology and has completed the Harvard Business School “Corporate Leader” executive education program. Patricia speaks Italian, French, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Spanish, and German.

Fred Roeder

Managing Director

Consumer Choice Centre

Fred Roeder (Managing Director of the Consumer Choice Center) is a consumer advocate at heart. He has been working in health policy for over ten years. He is a Health Economist from Germany and has worked in healthcare reform in North America, Europe, and the Caucasus. One of his passions is to analyze how disruptive industries and technologies allow consumers more choice at a lower cost. He also loves researching how innovation makes our lives better.

Fred is very interested in consumer choice and regulatory trends in the following industries: Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Sharing Economy, and Airlines.

Among many op-eds and media appearances, he has been published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Die Welt, the BBC, BILD, Arabian Business, The National, ABC Portland News, Montreal Gazette, Daily Mail, Handelsblatt, Huffington Post Germany, CityAM. L’Agefi, and The Guardian.

Ao Weinou

Secretary General

Electronic Cigarette Industry Committee of the China Electronic Chamber of Commerce

Ao Weinuo is the Secretary-General of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Committee of the China Electronic Chamber of Commerce; he is also one of the main founders of ECCC. ECCC is the only influential and represent the E-Cigarette industry association in China. ECCC has established since January 2017, Ao Weinuo as the key person to draft the “E-Cigarette Standards” into T/CECC 1-2017 and the T/CECC 2-2017 of the "Specification of E-cigarette Liquid " in which ECCC has formally released this implementation on the 20th December 2017. In the past 4 years, Ao Weinuo has often conducted active dialogue and communication with government departments such as State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Commerce, the China Customs. He has accepted interviews with major media such as CCTV and People’s Daily. In addition, Mr. Ao is the most important planner for the International E-cigarette Industry Summit Forum which held in Shen Zhen every year, giving much time and efforts on promoting the E-cigarette industry in which prospering standard development and maintaining interests among the industry. Ao Weinuo has a senior background in electronics industry for 15 years, once served as Shen Zhen Baoan SEG Electronic Company General Manager, with a wealth of experience in electronic market management and sales of electronic components, mobile phones, digital products, e-cigarettes. As a representative of the electronic cigarette industry, Mr. Ao often provides professional consulting for financial companies and investment institutions. The annual release of electronic cigarette market data has become the authoritative information adopted by the official and media.


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