FAAATFor Alternative Approaches to Addiction – Think & do tank
FAAAT (For Alternative Approaches to Addiction – Think & do tank) is a transnational non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization working on the issue of addiction, controlled drugs, and plant or substances liable to produce addiction. From Barcelona, Geneva, New-York, Paris and Vienna, FAAAT think & do tank centralizes the collaboration of a global network of experts.
Our think-tank researches rigorous evidence-based and ethical policy alternatives to face political, economic, and social drug and addiction-related issues. We advocate for transparent and measurable policies framed by fundamental civic and human rights and the rule of law, grounded on sustainable development, that enforce personal and community empowerment, social justice and health.
Our do-tank develops collective support, capacity building and community advocacy programs headed to peer groups, ground social movements and the nonprofit sector, for a broader involvement in policy processes at all level, through social engineering and transversal actions that merge affected populations, researchers, the health and social sector, law enforcement, policy-makers and all relevant stakeholders.
Transparent and measurable drug policies framed by fundamental rights, grounded on sustainable development, enforcing empowerment, social justice and health.
Research rigorous and ethical policy alternatives, and take action through social engineering, collective action and advocacy for ground-up democratic reformers at all level.
Featured actions and projects
Ground the changes in international drug policies on sustainable development, human rights, transparency and inclusiveness.
Impulse modern approaches to the categorification of “drugs”: substance scheduling, linguistics of drugs and bio-chemical addiction paradigm.
Shift drug policies towards evidences and effectiveness: enhancing positive drug-related programs and actions from the ground.
Strengthen peer groups, social movements and the nonprofit sector to increase knowledge, sustainability, effectiveness and capacity for collective action on drug-related issues.
Chair of the Board
Graduated in Political sciences from the Geneva University, Sébastien acted as a journalist and foreign correspondent of the French public radio (in particular in Afghanistan). Disabled, he has been spending the last 10 years supporting civil society movements and traveling the globe, always keeping an eye on drug trends and geopolitical drug policies.
Vice Chair of the Board
Michel is an editor and bookstore holder based in Paris. He has been specialized for the last 2 decades in translating, editing, distributing and spreading research on drug-related matters. He has a special focus on the history of French foreign affairs and diplomacy
Kenzi RIBOULET ZEMOULI.
Head of research
Settled in Barcelona, Kenzi has grown in the southern-France Occitania region, where he initially worked with drug-related health and social stakeholders, as well as with local authorities on the design of events, information and program proposals that mitigate locally the harms of national prohibitive policies. One year after having co-founded NORML France, Kenzi took part in 2012 to the tentative French Cannabis clubs initiative (CSCF) until its judicial dissolution, but kept working on modelizing the consumer-led non-profit cannabis dispensaries in Europe. Since 2013 with the European Coalition ENCOD, and with the think & do tank FAAAT after 2015, Kenzi has been working on the international drug policy reform movement. He occasionally writes about drug-related social movements and policy reforms (Leafly news, RBH, Cañamo, Cannabis Magazine…). Nowadays, Kenzi focuses for FAAAT on the international scheduling of substances, while following closely the Catalan and Spanish drug-related movements.
Head of advocacy
Farid Ghehiouèche has been a key public figure in the debate on drug policies in France. Initially arrived to drug policies through his involvement for the defense of Human Rights in Myanmar, Farid has followed his reflexion over public policies related to addiction and plants or substances liable to create harms, internationally as an active member and former chairman of the European coalition ENCOD, nationally through a political work within the French green party (1998-2008), organizing the Marijuana March (2001-2017) and running for several elections (European Parliament, French National Assembly and regional ballots). In 2014, Farid and his NGO “Cannabis without borders” joined NORML France, an organization that he has been leading until 2017. Nowadays, he is focusing within the FAAAT think & do tank on sustainable development issues linked to drug policies.
Senior Global Drug Policy Associate
Michael is a disabled Air Force staff sergeant, seriously injured in Guam during operations in 1986. Nowadays, he is the Executive director of the organization Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access (VCMA), an adviser to the Board of Patients Out of Time, and a representative of the International Association for Cannabinoids as Medicine (IACM). Michael was responsible for reforming Virginia State’s medical marijuana law and, in 2010 for obtaining adequate access to pain management from the federal Veterans Affairs administration. Complementarily, he has been involved in the international drug policy reform movement since he took part to the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs in 1998 (which called for the total eradication of illicit drugs), and brought some meaningful contributions to the “Beyond 2008” process and to the cannabis scheduling review process by the World Health Organization. Michael is co-founder and secretary of the New-York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC), the official liaison structure between the UN New-York office and civil society for drug-related matters. Since 2014, Michael focuses on scheduling aspects of Cannabis and its derivatives under international law.
Hana is graduated in agriculture from the University of South Bohemia in 1999, active with the NGO Konopa since 2000. Later on, she got involved in the European Coalition ENCOD as a steering committee member, in the Czech policy reform organization Legalizace, and co-founded the Czech medical cannabis patients association KOPAC in 2014. Since 2011, Hana has been member of the Ministerial Petitions Committee that provides authorizations for medical cannabis patients in the country. Nowadays, Hana splits her days between the support-providing company Hempoint that she launched in 2014, her Patient-focused Certifications programs, consultant activities for the International cannabis and cannabinoids institute (ICCI) and fundraising activities for FAAAT think & do tank.