Leadership & Expertise
EMMAC’s board and management team comprise of seasoned industry executives and consultants
Every member brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience of European licensing arrangements, establishing supply chains, processing and distribution of medical cannabis and related products, advancing hi-tech R&D and life science projects, branding and distribution.
Meet the Board
Antonio Costanzo - Chief Executive Officer
Antonio Costanzo is an experienced senior executive with a successful track record in public and private companies and in innovative, complex and highly regulated industries. Before co-founding EMMAC, he was instrumental in the successful development of Nuuvera, a Canadian publicly listed cannabis company that was acquired by Aphria, in March 2018. He led the company’s development in Europe, Africa and South America.
Prior to focusing on the cannabis industry, he was Head of Public Policy and Government Relations at Uber in the key European markets. He formerly spent 10 years in the online gaming industry, at bwin, as Director of International Development and Regulatory Affairs, developing the group’s activities across Europe.
He served for 5 years as vice-Chairman and board Director at ESSA – Sport Betting Integrity. He started his career in the media industry, at Eurosport, where he la unched and managed the Italian market. Fluent in 4 languages, he has developed an extensive political and business network across Europe.
Tom Rooke - Chief Operating Officer
An experienced senior executive in the Global FMCG sector with exposure across a range of finance and general managerial competencies, both in FTSE 10 Corporate Head Office and more operationally dynamic environments.
Prior to joining EMMAC he was Finance Director of the Northern Europe Area at British American Tobacco operating in complex regulatory and commercial environments. The business unit spanned 11 markets and included Pharmaceutical and Next Generation Product operations, as well as traditional tobacco businesses.
Prior to British American Tobacco, he spent 6 years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers initially as an auditor before moving into the M&A and Transactions Finance competencies. He is a Qualified Chartered Account.
Thomas Ellen - Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Ellen is a dynamic and versatile finance director with 15 years of experience in senior finance and business roles in large blue-chip companies and with a specialisation in “develop new”, business change and M&A roles.
Before joining EMMAC, Tom spent 5 years a Finance Director at James Fisher Plc, reporting directly to the main board of a FTSE 250 marine services company and responsible for the strategic direction and financial management of a diversified portfolio of companies within the group. Prior to this Tom worked for Royal Dutch Shell for 10 years, in a variety of roles including leading the development of a pioneering new LNG into transport business in Europe and as finance lead on a long-term divestment and footprint reduction program for downstream businesses in Latin America. Tom is a qualified chartered accountant, he trained with KPMG working in both their audit and transaction services department.
Ed McDermott - Managing Director, UK
Ed McDermott is an experienced capital markets professional with 15 years’ expertise in the management and financing of growth companies internationally.
He has been pivotal in raising over £500m in equity for growth companies and is currently a Director of AIM quoted FastForward Innovations Ltd, a VC that has a track record of successful investment in the medical cannabis sector. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Emmerson Plc, a Moroccan Potash development company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Ed has been actively involved in the medical cannabis promotion and discussion with UK and European policy makers and advocacy groups.
Barbara Pacchetti - Chief Scientific Officer
Barbara Pacchetti is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical space in Europe and globally. Her length of industry experience has enabled her to develop expertise and leadership in areas such as Life Science research, Innovation and R&D, Process technology, intellectual property and project management researching natural compounds and bioactives.
She has been responsible for scientific communication, including scientific publications, poster presentations, papers and lectures at congresses and symposiums and medical-marketing activities to support products development and sales.
She is the author or co-author of more than 60 scientific publications in the field of pharmaceutical science, of which 10 in the peer-reviews high impact-factor scientific journals. She is a named inventor on about 15 patents and patent applications in the field of pharmaceutical science.
Barbara holds a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from University of Milan (1993) and in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1995), completed by post graduate Specialisation courses, Industrial Development (2001), Phototherapy (2003), Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP, 2008), Health & Pharma Marketing (2013).
In the carrier job roles, she oversees innovation, research and development activities, life science activities (pharmacological, pre-clinical and clinical trials) and intellectual property.
Her high level of professional specialisation and expertise has been recognised through collaboration with scientific committee and institutional referee in European and Italian Universities and Research Centres.
Throughout her career, she has held various leadership roles and senior positions in leading European Companies committed to research and commercialisation of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals active ingredients and finished products. In over twenty years in the pharmaceutical and nutritional fields, she has built a broad based successful experience into the exploration and the monitoring of new trends related to wellness and illness treatment through natural bioactives.
Massimiliano Carreri - Chief Revenue Officer
Massimilliano is a passionate and seasoned business professional with over 20 years’ experience delivering business growth in the international Pharmaceutical industry.
Prior to joining EMMAC Life Sciences Group, Massimiliano held the position of Chief Commerical Officer at Linnea where, since 2015, he was responsible for rapidly developing the medical cannabis business.
Prior to this he was Head of International sales for Recordati with global responsibility and a special focus on Latin America and South East Asia, following on from 10 years at Chiesi Farmaceutici where he held the position of Business Area Manager for CIS countries and North America.
Massimilliano graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and completed his Executive MBA in 2012.
Meet the Leadership Team
Dr Mikael Sodergren - Research Director
Dr Mikael Sodergren is an academic clinician based at Imperial College London. His research interests include clinical translation of innovative technology, therapeutics and techniques in medicine, specialising in complex liver, pancreas and keyhole surgery. He serves on the editorial board for two prestigious medical journals and regularly reviews scientific research on behalf of about 50 different editorial teams.
He has authored over 90 peer reviewed journal publications and regularly presents his work at international forums. The high quality of research has been recognised in the mainstream media with appearances on BBC Radio 4 “Inside Health” and in the Daily Mail. Together with a group of NHS doctors he founded Sapphire Medical Clinics – a second opinion service for doctors to evaluate the appropriateness of medical cannabis for a range of clinical conditions.
François-Xavier Nottin - Managing Director France/Benelux
François-Xavier Nottin is a senior marketing executive with extensive experience in digital P&L management. Specialising in high impact marketing strategies, Francois-Xavier is data-driven and brand oriented, a champion of progressive marketing concepts with a proven track record managing digital business transformation, generating revenue growth, increasing market share, and delivering key performance metrics across a number of industries.
Francois-Xavier started his career with Carat-Interactive in Paris, before time as European Marketing Director for AOL, General Manager for BWIN in France & Belgium, and most recently as Sports Betting Director for FDJ in Paris.
Andre Pass - Managing Director, Germany/Nordics
Andre Pass is a senior industry executive with a wealth of advertising, brand and digital sales experience and expertise in innovation processes and digital transformation.
Prior to joining EMMAC Germany, Andre was founder and managing director of a leading German agency group, working with many well-known clients in the fields of e-commerce, insurance and banking, and most recently in the medical cannabis market.
Andre joins EMMAC, as Managing Director of EMMAC’s German operations with a focus on leading scaling EMMAC’s operations in Germany
Julian Vaterrodt - Managing Director, Medical Cannabis, Germany
Julian Vaterrodt is an experienced entrepreneur with a successful track record of business consultancy for a wide range of clients, including the German Government.
Most recently Julian managed the design and implementation of Medical Cannabis sales, logistics and marketing programmes for CC Pharma GmbH, a large pharmaceutical distributor in Germany. He is well respected figure in the European Cannabis industry, a frequent speaker at industry events and is joining EMMAC as Managing Director of Medical Cannabis Operations – About Nature Health GmbH.
Roberto Algar - Managing Director, Switzerland
Javier Soto - Managing Director Spain
Javier is a senior Pharma executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in building and running successful companies.
The holder of a PHD in Chemistry from the University of Madrid, Javier was also an Associate Professor of organic chemistry at the University of Alicante.
He co-founded and currently manages Medalchemy, a GMP-certified manufacturer of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.
Hannah Du Beke - Group Head of Marketing and Communications
Hannah Du Beke is a proven business leader with a track record of delivering business growth through corporate positioning and market communication strategies worldwide. For the past 20 years Hannah has driven high impact, global marketing and corporate communication programmes across a broad range of industries, including, telecommunications, technology, pharmaceutical and not for profit organisations.
Alex Neves - Operations Director, Wellness and CBD
Alex Neves is an experienced operations professional and successful entrepreneur with 11 years experience in FMCG and food and beverages. After co-founding UK-based healthy food business Scratch Meals Ltd in London in 2009, Alex led the operational development of the business as it launched five chilled food brands. He managed the production and distribution of these product ranges throughout the UK and internationally. In 2016 Alex managed the successful setting up of the business’s UK factory and led the transition of the business from an outsourced model to an in-house production model.