Laurent Huber is the Executive Director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and a recognized leader in tobacco control.
He joined ASH in 2000 at a time when the organization, as a response to the increased global tobacco epidemic, decided to engage in global solutions to reduce the death, disease and economic losses caused by tobacco.
While at ASH, he directed an international coalition of over 350 non-governmental organizations from more than 100 countries. This international coalition has been widely recognized by governments, non-governmental organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) for its vital role in shaping the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global public health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the WHO. Laurent also helped ensure that tobacco was addressed in other international public health initiatives including the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases.
Laurent has played an influential role in tobacco control for over ten years reaching out to advocates and policymakers around the world. A natural coalition builder, he has had a major impact in the international health and tobacco control movement.
Laurent holds a master’s of science degree with a focus on exercise physiology research and before beginning to work full time in tobacco control in 2000, he directed a number of nonprofit organizations where he helped develop and implement non communicable disease prevention programs for at-risk and native populations.
Fluent in four languages, Laurent has been a presenter on public health and tobacco control policy at events for advocates and legislators as well as at conferences and academic institutions around the world. Laurent serves on a number of panels and advisory boards at academic institutions and corporations as well as intergovernmental organizations that address healthy policy matters such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
For his efforts in health and international tobacco control, Laurent received the American Lung Association- C. Everett Koop Foundation award in 2005. In addition, under his leadership, the alliances he directed received the prestigious Luther Terry award in 2006, the Premio SEDET in 2008 and the WHO World No Tobacco Day award in 2011.
Deputy Director for Policy
Chris Bostic is ASH’s Deputy Director for Policy, and has been working in global tobacco control since 2001 when he attended the negotiations for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a civil society international law expert.
Chris has worked on tobacco policy at the local, state, national and international levels. Prior to joining ASH, he worked with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Lung Association, where he helped to develop SLATI (State-Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues), which is a national database of tobacco control regulations. He has also served as a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Law.
In 2009, Chris led the efforts of an international coalition to redevelop a civil society shadow reporting program for the FCTC, culminating in the periodic publication of Tobacco Watch, which tracks global implementation of the treaty. He became Deputy Director of ASH in 2012.
In his current position, Chris oversees the development and implementation of ASH’s programs including trade, industry monitoring, human rights and legal issues. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Human Rights Tobacco Control Network, and a legal counsel to the Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control. He is also a founding member of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.
Chris holds a juris doctorate from the Washington College of Law, and a master of science in foreign service from Georgetown University.
Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy has been working on global tobacco control since 2013. As Managing Attorney, Kelsey leads ASH’s programs on human rights and criminal law. She advises ASH on other legal issues and assists on several other ASH programs including divestment and tobacco industry monitoring. She also writes for “Smoke Alarms,” ASH’s legal blog.
Kelsey has received commendation for her legal research, writing, and advocacy. She recently published an article in the American Bar Association’s International Law News on Tobacco and Human Rights in Latin America. The article was chosen by another ABA Publication, GP Solo Magazine, to be included in a “Best of the ABA” feature issue. During law school, Kelsey was selected to represent the University of Pittsburgh in two international moot court competitions: the Niagara and Jessup International Moot Courts. The University of Pittsburgh School of Law faculty named her to the Order of Barristers, an organization that honors oral advocacy and brief writing skills. She was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Research and Writing, and she won an international writing competition, the M.W. McLean International Law Writing Award.
Kelsey strives to continue learning and has completed numerous continuing education programs including earning a certificate from Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute Summer Program on Health Rights Litigation. Kelsey holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she also earned a certificate in International and Comparative Law, and centered her coursework around human rights. Kelsey holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park where she earned her degree with a double major in Government and Politics and Criminology and Criminal Justice.