2020 KRATOM LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
November 11-13, 2020
Tampa Airport Marriott — 4200 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa, FL 33607
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
7:30 PM On-site Welcome Reception with light hors d’oeuvres
Registration Open at Hotel
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
7:00 AM Registration Open at Hotel
Kratom Summit Kickoff Breakfast
Welcome, Matt Salmon, Chairman of the AKA
Speaker: “Kratom: 2016 to Now” – Utah State Senator Curt Bramble
8:00 AM Speaker: “The Science on Kratom: Needed Research” – Jack Henningfield,
Ph.D., Vice President, Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability; Professor,
Adjunct, Behavioral Biology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
9:15 AM Break
9:30 AM Panel Discussion: “The Profile of a Kratom Consumer in America” – Oliver
Grundmann, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry,
University of Florida; Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Baltimore, MD; and Kirsten Smith, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse
Intramural Research Program.
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Roundtable Discussion: “Advertising and Social Media Standing of Kratom: The
Metrics” – Mark Allen, AKA
12:00 PM Lunch
Speaker: “A State Legislator’s View of Kratom” – Georgia State Representative
1:00 PM Speaker: “Kratom is a Food” – Michael J. Werner, Holland & Knight,
1:45 PM Break
2:00 PM Speaker: “The Potential and Future of Kratom Alkaloids and Their Derivatives
as FDA-Approved Therapies” – Andrew Kruegel, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer
and Co-Founder at Kures.
2:45 PM Speaker: “The Kratom Foundation: The Facts on Kratom” – James Morrissette,
CEO and Board Chair.
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Panel Discussion: “The Potential for Kratom as a Therapy” – Marc Swogger,
Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center,
Rochester, NY; Paula Brown, Ph.D., Natural Health and Food Products
Research Group, BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC, Canada; Zach
Walsh, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia,
Kelowna, BC, Canada.
5:00 PM Open Q&A
6:30 PM Kratom Summit Dinner
Keynote Speaker and Recipient of the 2020 AKA Kratom Champion Award:
Congressman Mark Pocan.
Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
7:15 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Panel Discussion: “The Future of Kratom Exports from Indonesia” – PEKRINDO
Representative; PPHI Representative; and KOMPHAR Representative
9:15 AM Speaker: “CBD and Kratom: Challenges Created by the FDA” — Robert Hoban,
Hoban Law Group, Denver, CO.
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Panel Discussion: “NIDA’s Commitment to Kratom Research” — Geoff Laredo,
former NIDA Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Science Policy and
Communications; Kirsten Smith, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse
Intramural Research Program; and Aidan Hampson, Ph.D., Health Science
Administrator, National Institute on Drug Abuse.
11:15 AM Speaker: “Kratom Science: Where We Stand Today” – Chris McCurdy, Ph.D.,
Director and Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida.
12:15 PM Closing Session – “Major Challenges to Keeping Kratom Legal” – Mac Haddow,
Senior Fellow on Public Policy, AKA
1:00 PM SUMMIT ADJOURNED TO 2021