Speakers at Hemp2020, Oct. 20-21, 2017, HempToday Center, Naklo, Poland
BOAZ WACHTEL/Creso Pharma (Australia)
Boaz Wachtel is chairman and co-founder of CresoPharma, a nutraceuticals company which debuted on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in autumn 2016. He was co-founder and former managing director of MMJ Phytotech, Australia’s first publicly traded medical cannabis company. Wachtel is also the co-founder of the International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition (IMCPC).
PIOTR JASTRĘBSKI/Podlaskie Konopie (Poland)
Piotr Jastrzębski and his brother Marcin farm, process and sell hemp derivatives from their vertically integrated hemp operation in northeastern Poland, picking up a family tradition that was temporarily lost in the second half of the 20th century. Their company, Podlaskie Konopie, is also active in Poland’s natural building scene, conducting hempcrete building workshops and frequently appearing at natural building trade shows.
MORRIS BEEGLE/CoHempCo/NoCo Hemp Expo (Colorado/USA)
Morris Beegle spent more than 20 years in the American entertainment industry before turning his attention to the growing U.S. market for ecological, sustainable products. He is the founder and owner of the Colorado Hemp Company (CoHempCo) (http://coloradohempcompany.com/), organizer of NoCo Expo (http://nocohempexpo.com/), the premier U.S.-based hemp industry trade show, started in 2014. CoHempCo also offers a wide range of marketing, product and brand development services for hemp-based producers and retailers. Morris is on the business advisory council of the (U.S.) National Hemp Association (http://nationalhempassociation.org).
PRESTON WHITFIELD/Source Hemp (North Carolina/USA); CBDRx/Functional Remedies (Colorado)
Born and raised on a North Carolina (N.C.) tobacco farm, Preston Whitfield has worked on hemp initiatives at the local, state and federal levels in the United States. His efforts helped lead to passage of the 2015 North Carolina Hemp Bill, and this year he sowed the first legal hemp crop in the state since 1937. He is the founder of Source Hemp, a N.C. based firm supplying genetics, brokerage opportunities and consulting services to North Carolina hemp farmers. Whitfield also serves as Brand Ambassador/Sales for CBDRx/Functional Remedies, Boulder, Colorado. He is the Program Director for NOCO Hemp Expo, and a technical advisor to the (U.S.) National Hemp Association.
RICK TROJAN/Hemp Road Trip (USA)
Rick Trojan, a Colorado native, is an investor, advisor and owner of a variety of companies in the cannabis space. He has set up, run and continues to advise on cannabis extraction methodologies, processing techniques and product development. Rick is the innovator behind the Hemp Road Trip, throughout which he has toured the USA educating businesses, legislators and citizens on the benefits of cannabis, building up an extensive network of hemp companies and leaders. Rick is an advisor to the (U.S.) National Hemp Association, a board member of the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation (Colorado), and was recently named to the board of Vote Hemp, a nationwide advocacy non profit.
WOLF JORDAN/Wolf Jordan & Associates (Belgium)
Wolf Jordan is one of Europe’s leading experts in eco-construction and the production of high quality natural paints, plasters and renders for the building industry. He is the founder and sole owner of Wolf Jordan & Co., which operates out of Greenbizz, a Brussels-based incubator that backs growth of startups and small firms focused on sustainability. Wolf’s company produces binder formulas for hempcrete construction, and natural oils and waxes for wood and stone. An old-world craftsman with more than 36 years’ experience in natural materials, Wolf is also a lecturer, educator and innovator who has worked on building projects all over the world.
MICHEL TERESTCHENKO/Mayor, Hlukhiv, Ukraine
Mayor Michel Tereshchenko is working to create a hemp healing center as part of an effort to boost the local economy of Hlukhiv. The facility will be in the Sumy region, a traditional hemp growing area in the Ukraine, where Hlukhiv boasts an Institute of Bast Crops which dates to 1932. The center is to be located in what was once the residence of Mykhailo Tereshchenko, Mayor Tereshchenko’s father and a Ukrainian industrial magnate and philanthropist who lost everything after the Bolshevik revolution of 1917.
RAFAEL DULON/Hanf Farm/Germany
Rafael, Hanf Farm’s CEO, has been involved in nearly all aspects of the hemp value chain since 1997. Trained in organic agriculture and marketing of high-quality hemp foods, he began with the cultivation of cannabis seeds in Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg, Germany as early as 1997, processing hemp seed into top-shelf edible oils. He is also the developer of the Multi-Combine HC 3400 hemp harvester, a major technological step forward that can help hemp farmers realize the full promise of the plant on a massive scale.