Hamid Ghodse, CBE, MD, PhD, DSc, DPM, FFPH, FRCP, FRCPE, FRCPsych, is Professor of Psychiatry and International Drug Policy at the University of London. He has worked for more than 35 years in the field of addictions, advancing clinical and academic understanding and policy, and working towards national and international drug control. His contribution to various aspects of University, Royal Colleges, National Health Service and voluntary agencies has been exemplary, and for this he was awarded the CBE. He is editor of International Psychiatry, Honorary Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Drug Dependence and editorial board member of Addiction, International Journal of Social Psychiatry and other journals. He is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of WHO on Drug Abuse. He has been President of the International Narcotics Control Board, 1993-94, 1997-98, 2000-01 and 2004-2005.