Charlie Hamshaw-Thomas United KingdomCharles Hamshaw-Thomas has been closely involved with the e-cigarette and ‘new nicotine’ industry since 2012. Between 2012-2015 he worked with the two founding shareholders of E-Lites, the pioneering brand at the forefront of the UK vaping industry’s explosive early growth. Charlie led E-Lites’ external engagement – in London and Brussels – and its’ business development, which culminated in the sale of E-Lites to Japan Tobacco International. Having also worked as Head of Corporate & Legal Affairs (Europe) at Nicopure, Charlie has continued as a close observer of the vaping and ‘new nicotine’ industry, with a keen desire to see the industry realise its' true disruptive potential as quickly as is possible. A qualified lawyer (with Slaughter and May in London), Charlie has business experience in the UK and overseas, across a range of sectors (including tobacco), in different functional roles (legal, M&A, Corporate Affairs, CSR and environmental campaigning) and with a range of different businesses (large multinationals and small entrepreneurial start-ups). He has a particular interest in CSR and the intersection of business and government/regulation, based on a conviction that governments alone aren’t going to fix the challenges - economic, social and environmental - that society faces. That nor can businesses alone, but that, through collaboration and by working together, there's an enormous amount they can collectively do to make the world a better place. He believes the time is here for what makes good 'business sense' to converge with what makes good 'societal sense’. And that the new nicotine industry provides an exemplar for precisely that.