European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies
In 1993, following the request of the European Commission, 14 organizations working in the field of drugs founded the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies. During two decades, Encod grew into a platform of 150 members, organizations, companies and citizens who want an end to the war on drugs. With lobby, actions and information we have strengthened their voice at the United Nations, the European Union and on the national and local level.
Current president of ENCOD. Also secretary at VOC Nederland (Union for Abolition of Cannabis Prohibition, NGO). Editor and co-founder of The Stoned Society. Also: Co-founded the HomeGrown Cup, media coordinator at Cannabis News Network & Cannabis Liberation Day, and columnist at cnnbs.nl
Matthijs PONTIERVice President
Background as a scientist and at Unity drug education. Founded the project ‘Drugs in Debat’ to stimulate a societal debate on recreational consumption of drugs and drug policy. Board member and treasurer at the Netherlands Drug Policy Foundation and current vice-president of ENCOD. Elected regional representative for the Pirate Party in Amstel- Gooi- en Vechtstreek.
Studied languages, ecology and nutrition science and worked at management level in steel trade in CIS countries for 10 years. This was followed by 7 years social work in Latin America, NGO’s mainly concerned with education and health for indigenous people. Now working as trainer, coach, coordinator in various educational projects for residents and refugees in Austria.
Previously worked as part of the team behind Reguleren.com, a dutch webapp communicating the different directions that the regulation of cannabis could take. Besides ENCOD I am setting up a Oyster mushroom farm based on circular economy principles and I irregularly publish thoughts at digitalpsychedelics.net
Maja KOHEKExecutive Committee Member
Anthropologist working as a researcher and consultant in the field of drug use and drug policy in Europe and the Balkans. She wrote several research and newspaper articles and presented her work at international conferences. In 2016 she started collaborating with the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Services (ICEERS) in Spain investigating the acute subjective effects of ibogaine. Currently she is a PhD candidate in the field of medical anthropology at URV Tarragona researching psychoactive plant using communities.
Ana AFUERAExecutive Committee Member
Currently she is a member of the Executive Committee of ENCOD. Co-founder of MCC (Cannabis Catalan Movement) and REMA (Network of Anti-prohibitionist Spanish Women). She was Executive Committee of La MACA Barcelona (Cannabis Self-consumption Associative Movement) and CatFAC (Catalonia Federation of Cannabis Social Clubs) where she developed her capabilities in political impact collaborating with private and public institutions, setting up social actions, developing institutional relations on drug policy matters, giving ideological advice and contributing in regulation proposals. Nowadays she is keeping her academic career in the field of the Politology and Drugs Policy.
Enrico FLETZERExecutive Committee Member
Enrico Fletzer is born on the 22th of October 1956 in the region of Venice.
After classical studies of Latin and Greek at the High School Marco Foscarini he got his diplomas at the Wilson High School in Portland Oregon (USA) and at the language High School of Cortina .Belluno (Italy). Before graduating at the University of Bologna in Political Sciences Enrico Fletzert has been the founder and director of the Radio K Centrale in Bologna that with other community radios started the relevant Global Audio Project at the G7 Summit of Genoa on 2001 with over 1,5 milion contacts in this web and live broadcast experiment.He has contributed to the cannabis movement with important translations and more than 300 articles. Moreover he has been active ever since in the drug policy movement in the ranks of the italian M.D.M.A.( mass movement against prohibition).
After writing in Italian news paper as IL Manifesto and Liberazione, Enrico Fletzer has written on national and international magazines like Illecito (CH), Hanf! ,Grow,Hanfjournal(Germany) Soft Secrets (NL), Legalizace (CZ) . Last years he has been Leafly (USA) correspondent for Italy.
Enrico Fletzer is a fluent speaker of English, German, French and Spanish with a basic knowledge of Dutch, Greek and Russian.