Central European Cannabis Forum Online

The largest virtual conference on medical cannabis in CEE region

9-10th June 2020

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A new online formula

CECF is the biggest business cannabis event in Poland and CEE region that brings together entrepreneurs, doctors, investors, patients, businesses and the government. Our aim is to shape the ethical cannabis ecosystem in CEE and beyond and create a platform for education, networking, as well as new political and business initiatives.

Due to COVID-19 we were forced to cancel the initial conference taking place in May. That is why we decided to hold the Medical Cannabis conference on the 9-10th of June and make it 100% online. 

Why should you join the conference?

The second edition of CECF, Medical Cannabis in Poland and CEE taking place online is a ‘first of its kind’ conference that facilitates online speed networking, online expo and sponsorship as well as a great deal of educational opportunities from renowned experts and industry leaders.  Become a part of the discussion on legalisation with politicians, doctors, businessmen and lawyers.

Unlimited networking

Schedule one-on-one talks with businesses, investors, startups, doctors and more with our speed networking tool. Talk to as many attendees as you want during networking sessions, exchange contacts and do business after the conference.

Multiple sessions

With our online conference platform you will get access to several sessions taking place at the same time as well as the main stage. Attend the sessions that are of interest and bring the most value to you.

Bigger brand exposure

With many more international attendees you have a much broader reach if you decide to sponsor the event. Your brand is shown at the reception venue, during panels – as a video advertisement.

Virtual Conference Speakers 2020

The full list of speakers is coming soon!

Virtual Conference Agenda

CECF Panels


Cannabis and the Coronavirus


Advocacy and Education in the ethical cannabis space


Politics and Regulation in Poland


Medical Cannabis Associations 


Medical cannabis in Poland – the current situation 


Pharmacists and Cannabis


Germany – the current moment in the biggest market in Europe


Cannabis clinics – successes and challenges


Doctors and the Challenges of Cannabis therapies


Psychedelic therapy: the next frontier in Poland


The Global Cannabis Market in Poland


Technology and cannabis


The Polish supply chain in the cannabis industry


Compliance and Risk consulting in Cannabis


Media and Information in the growing Medical Cannabis space


Poland and cannabis start-ups: the potential and the reality


Legal and registration environment in Poland


UK cannabis scene


CBD and the Neutraceutical market in Poland


Ukraine and cannabis: how are things developing in Poland’s eastern neighbour


Investment in the cannabis Industry


North Macedonia: will this be the cultivator for Europe


Patient Stories in Poland – testimonials of therapies and real life experiences


​Czech Republic and Cannabis: the view in one of Europe’s most progressive regimes ​


International patient stories – testimonials of the reality foremother countries


Capital markets and cannabis

What our attendees say

Previous edition CECF 2019

After the initial event last year which brought attendees from 14 countries, the Central European Cannabis Forum is looking to expand upon this in 2020, expecting over 1000 attendees from all around the world during its online conference.

For further questions contact the CECF team at andrew@cecf.eu

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Beata Maciejewska – Member of the Sejm

Beata Maciejewska is a member of the Polish Parliament from Gdańsk and vice-chairwoman of the Coalition Parliamentary Club of the Left. She is the chairwoman of the Parliamentary Groups on the Legalization of Cannabis and the Protection of Domesticated Animals. In 2020, she became the spokeswoman of the candidate for President Robert Biedroń and the head of communication of the electoral staff #Biedron2020.

Natalia Janusz – Economist, business advisor, entrepreneur, activist 

Natalia Janusz is an economist, graduate of Kozminski University. A researcher focused on economic consequences of cannabis legalization and the development of the hemp market in Europe. Young entrepreneur, cannabis expert and a business advisor. Activist of Wolne Konopie Association, co-organizer of marches, protests and and educational events in Poland since 2012.

Dr. Dani Gordon  – Medical Cannabis Specialist, Physician

Dani is a double board certified medical doctor and international leading expert in CBD and clinical cannabis medicine after treating thousands of patients in Canada in a referral complex chronic disease practice. She is a dual Canadian/UK citizen and speaks internationally on cannabis medicine, trained the UK’s first cannabis medicine specialist physicians, is a founding member and vice chair of the UK Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (MCCS) and a member of the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group . She is an American Board Specialist in Integrative Medicine, the newest American sub-specialty of mainstream medicine focused on the intersection of conventional, natural and herbal evidence-based medicine. Her book ‘The CBD Bible’ is due for release in July 2020including a Polish language translation.


Agnieszka Sieniawska –Lawyer, Drug Policy Expert

Graduate of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration. Since 2011, President of the Polish Drug Policy Network. Member and co-founder of Koalicja Medycznej Marihuany [Medical Marijuana Coalition]. Consultant of the European Drug Policy Initiative programme run by the Hungarian organization The Rights Reporter Foundation. Participated in the works aimed at changing drug laws which yielded a fruit in the form of an amendment to have entered into force in December 2011. Author of reports and publications on drug laws and Polish drug policy.

Alicja Binkowska – Scientist

PhD student in psychology at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, the head of WeedTeam at the Centre for Neurocognitive Research. Conducts research into the influence of cannabis use on cognitive and brain functions in humans. Interested in influence of psychoactive substances on the on human body and behaviour.

Hannah Skingle – COO, Dragonfly Biosciences Ltd

Hannah’s progression at Dragonfly from Business Development to COO within a year is a testament to her drive. Making her mark early on this blossoming industry, she has played an integral role in growing Dragonfly from the backend over the past three years. She successfully launched the DragonflyCBD brand as the first CBD product into Boots, which had a launch timeline of just 6 weeks, defying the norms of the health and wellness space. In addition, DragonflyCBD was the first CBD product to launch in Tesco and has established DragonflyCBD as a leading brand in the fast-growing complex CBD category. Hannah offers thought leadership at a number of cannabis events such as The Grocer, CBD Summit and Cannabis Europa.

Alfredo Pascual – International Analyst at Marijuana Business Daily

Based in Germany, Alfredo specializes in international cannabis markets and regulations, drawing upon his extensive academic background in business and public policy. Previously, he founded Transnational Cannabis, a consultancy firm that focused on cannabis regulatory frameworks in Europe and Latin America. Before that, he did business development for ICC Labs with a primary focus on developing expansion opportunities internationally.

Dr. Andy Yates – Centre for Medicinal Cannabis

Andy’s has over 15 years’ pharma experience working in the medical, commercial, business development and strategy functions. He has extensive experience in all aspects of medicine development programmes and was responsible for multiple collaborative agreements with academia, biotechnology and peer pharma. Andy is a UK pharmacist who received his PhD in cannabinoid medicinal chemistry from the University of Nottingham. He runs an independent pharmaceutical consultancy and holds an Honorary Lectureship at Keele University.

Tomasz Nawrocki

Magister Farmacji. Specjalista ds. farmacji przesyłowej. Członek  APICS (The Association for Supply Chain Management); w 2018 uzyskał prestiżową certyfikację CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management). Doświadczenie budował w firmach Biorfarm i GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutiucals wspierając technologię wytwarzania leków oraz międzynarodowe transfery produkcyjne. Od 2014 roku związany z Grupą Neuca w roli Dyrektora Operacyjnego Synoptis Industrial sp. z o.o.

Deepak Anand – CEO at Materia 

Mr. Anand has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the global cannabis industry. He is a public speaker and is regularly engaged with Canadian and International media on all subjects related to the Cannabis industry. Mr. Anand holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Management from Vancouver Island University. He is a recognized thought leader and brings 15 years of leadership experience in the health, charitable/non-profit, and private sectors in Canada.

Within the global cannabis sector, Mr. Anand has worked with senior government officials, politicians, policy makers, health professional organizations, clinical practitioners, educators, investor, patients as well as producers. He has also served on the boards of various pharmaceutical associations across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Dr. Nickel Dittrich  – Managing Director at German Institute for Medicinal Cannabis

Dr. Nickel Dittrich is the managing director of Cannabinoide Medizin Service GmbH, Deutsches Institut für Medizinalcannabis and Polish Cannabis Clinics. He has a medical-scientific background with publications in Nature Immunology and Genes Immunology and has been in the cannabis industry since 2018. Nickel is providing physicians and medical professionals with well researched information about the benefits and limitations of medical cannabis so they have another effective method to help their patients.

Steve Moore – Strategic Counsel & Director at Centre for Medical Cannabis UK

Steve is the Founder and Director of Volteface with 25 years experience of working in social change and political campaigns. He directed the campaign with Charlotte Caldwell to reform policy relating to the access of medicinal cannabis. Steve was formerly Chief Executive of David Cameron’s Big Society Network and has curated change programmes for Channel 4 Television, the Royal Society of Arts and PWC.

Beata Zieniewicz –Founding Director to Cannabis Patient Advocacy and Support Services

Founding Director to Cannabis Patient Advocacy and Support Services (CPASS), launching UK’s first Nurses Arm at the Royal College of Nurses with former Health Minister. Vice President to Medicinal Cannabis Europe. Trustee to Sapphire Medical Foundation. Basia is of the founding team from Billy Caldwell’s 2018 campaign, Families 4 Access, and founding team for the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC). A former Arts & Special Educational Needs Teacher, Basia is motivated by ethical and meaningful change, as well as driven by a lifestyle of optimal health and well-being and a yoga teacher in training.

Peter Vogel – CEO at Leafwire

Peter is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies in the fin-tech/loyalty and marketing space. He jumped head-first into the cannabis industry three years ago and co-founded Leafwire which has quickly become known as the Linkedin of Cannabis.

Peter is a thought leader in the cannabis entrepreneurship and fundraising space and has been published in TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Dope Magazine, and Entrepreneur.com, among others. Peter has also hosted Leafwire’s Future of Cannabis Pitch Contests series in cities worldwide including Denver, Miami, Oakland, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto.

Alexej Pikovsky – Co-Founder at Alphagreen

Alexej and his co-founders saw the need to help European customers access the best products in wellness and medical cannabis. Alphagreen Group operates a curated marketplace in the UK and separately imports and distributes medical cannabis to pharmacies in Germany.     

Prior to Alphagreen, Alexej has been working as an investor for a large-cap private equity fund and a family office where he ran the venture capital operations. He gained operational and board-level experience working closely with Compo Expert, the largest European specialty fertiliser business, as well as leading their trade sale. Alexej started his career in M&A at Nomura.

Alexej holds a Masters from Imperial College London and is a Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation.

Boris Blatnik – CEO at KannaSwiss

Boris serves as CEO of KannaSwiss. He joined the team January of 2017 and has been instrumental in the rebranding and business development of the company. Prior to KannaSwiss Boris served as CSO and Co-founder of Numbridge Inc. from 2009 until 2016. Numbridge was a telecommunication app that helped people communicate over the GSM network. Boris served as CEO & Co-founder of Atlas Commercial Holdings from 2004 until 2009. Atlas established an interlocking network of global business alliances and partnerships to provide customized solutions that enable governments and local businesses in emerging markets to stabilize and upgrade their basic infrastructures.  Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Boris was raised in Switzerland and moved to the U.S. to attend university. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

Tanya Hoke – Managing Director at Galen Diligence 

Tanya leads Galen Diligence, a risk consultancy working with high-integrity investors, operators, and their advisors in the legal cannabis industry. She combines Wall Street-level investigative due diligence with a deep understanding of the cannabis industry’s complicated regulatory context to inform investment strategies and protect clients from fraud. Since 2015, Tanya has advised clients on cannabis-related investments across the US and Canada, as well as in South America and Europe. She has been a specialized due diligence investigator since 2007. Tanya currently serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Banking & Financial Services Committee (2019 – 2020), and previously served on the State Regulations Committee (2018 – 2019). She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and a licensed Private Investigator in Massachusetts and Colorado. 

Lewis Olden – Co-Founder at Cannacares 

Cannacares was founded in 2019 and we have gradually been building an extensive customer base using innovative strategies. We are UK based CBD consumer brand offering a wide range of delivery methods. We have plans to open several retails shops primarily stocking our own brand in Central London and Surrey. For so long, the CBD market has contained a myriad of varying quality CBD products that are typically overpriced. Getting access to quality CBD products at affordable prices is one of the biggest concerns for consumers.

Prior to Cannacares, I was an Associate at Optima Partners, a global Private Equity & Hedge Fund Consultancy. I advised a range of clients with as much of $80bn AUM on strategy & regulatory matters, working in conjunction with the respective Firm’s Partners, CFO & COO.

Arek Kuich – CEO of a VC listed in Poland

Until 2018 – for 11 years – CEO of a VC listed in Poland. Involved in IPOs of 11 companies in the UK and Poland. Advisor to the only two Polish companies from hemp/cannabis sector listed on Warsaw Stock ExchangeHost and speaker at many events. Competences in capital markets, new business, strategy building, investment development, investor relations, and VC areas.

Robert Jappie – Partner at Ince

Specialising in Cannabis Law and Regulation. Since he launched the UK’s first dedicated Cannabis Law department in May 2018, Robert has become a leading and well-respected legal expert within Europe’s fast-growing cannabis industries. With the legalisation of medicinal cannabis and CBD supplements rolling out across Europe, Robert has become the leading legal authority on the developing regulatory environment both here in the UK and in Europe. 

He currently acts for several established CBD brands, Licensed Producers, Medicinal Cannabis companies and distributors, advising on the full range of regulatory and commercial issues facing the sector.

Krzysztof Góra MPharm, Head of Medical Sector Relations at IMP&C

Pharmacist with a 8-years’ experience in different branches of the medical sector: trainings, consulting, pharmacy services, public relations. Author of several publications, featured in: RynekAptek.pl, MGR.FARM, Puls Medycyny, KierunekFarmacja.pl, Magazyn Aptekarski, Rynek Zdrowia, Czasopismo Aptekarskie, Farmacja Polska. Responsible  for education and maintaining contact with Key Opinion Leaders and Health Care Professionals in Poland and Central & Eastern Europe.

Tomas Sadilek – Director of Governmental Affairs at ICCI 

Tomas Sadilek joined the ICCI in the position of Director of Government Affairs. He brings with him extensive experience from the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic in the field of Legal and Illegal Drugs. Tomas represented the Czech Republic in all drug-related meetings in the United Nations institutions (Vienna, New York). Furthermore,  he represented the Czech Republic in meetings in the EU area, Eastern Partnership countries area, occasionally the US; these being related to UN meetings, Council of the EU meetings and Council of Europe meetings.

Rafal Lachowski – Board Member at Plantalux

Business Development Manager and Co-Founder of Plantalux, a Polish horticulture LED lighting manufacturer. Rafał has been active in LED lighting industry since 2011 and since 2016 is focused on light influence on plants including cannabis. He realized projects for cannabis industry in Canada, Uruguay, Israel and Switzerland and has open projects in North Macedonia, Portugal and Spain.

Andrew Rosen – Head of Global Business Development for Cannatrek ​

Andrew Rosen is the Head of Global Business Development for Cannatrek, a medical cannabis company in Australia focused on superior cultivation and medical product development. He has assisted numerous companies in the cannabis industry to expand and strategize activities in international markets. He also holds a position as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Cannamerx, the leading commodities exchange in the Cannabis and Hemp industry with over 250 members globally.

Scott Olden, Consultant at Candour Ventures

Scott has several years’ experience in commercial Due Diligence and Investment Risk management. 

He has worked on many international investigations working closely with Investment Managers and Family offices to identify investment risks.

Maciej Konarowski – Lawyer

Lawyer specializing in providing services to entities operating on the pharmaceutical market (pharmaceutical entities, pharmacies, manufacturers of medicines and medical devices, dietary supplements).

Agnieszka Starzynska –Advocate and Senior Associate – Commercial and Regulatory Group in CMS

Agnieszka Starzyńska is an advocate and a Senior Associate in the Commercial and Regulatory Group in CMS. She has worked with CMS since 2009.Her main areas of specialisation are competition and regulatory law. She has provided support to pharmaceutical and medical device companies on various regulatory matters. A significant part of Agnieszka’s practice relates to providing advisory services to entities operating on the food and cosmetics market.

Magdalena Wawrzyniak –Legal advisor, Expert in Pharmaceutical Law

Magdalena Wawrzyniak is legal advisor, expert in Pharmaceutical Law, including especially issues concerning the advertisement of medicinal products, clinical trials as well as the manufacturing and trade of medicinal products, including specific products: medical cannabis and issues regarding placing them on the market, distribution and advertising. Her experience also covers advisory services for companies manufacturing and distributing dietary supplements with specific emphasis on issues concerning the marketing of dietary supplements in the Polish market as well as the labelling and advertising of the same, covering food supplements with CBD.

Norbert Jamróz – Psychologist

Completed master’s studies in clinical psychology at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and in international economic relations at the Poznań University of Economics. Graduate of MBA studies (Poznań University of Economics and Nottingham Trent University, UK). A member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, ACBS Polska, and MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science.

Grzegorz Kazek – Scientist

Scientist at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University – Collegium Medicum. He has expertise in in vitro experimental pharmacology and conducts translational research in psychiatry. Completed post-graduate studies at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Post-graduate alumnus of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Interested in group methods and expressive techniques in integration of psychedelic experiences and new paradigms in prevention and therapy of psychoactive substance use disorders.

Maciej Lorenc – Sociologist

Sociology graduate of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialization, author of a book entitled Czy psychodeliki uratują świat? [Will Psychedelics Save the World?] (Krytyka Polityczna, 2019), collaborator of Narkopolityka, translator of many books on psychedelic substances, among others by Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, James Fadiman, Alan Watts, and Rick Strassman.

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