Laurent Huber

Recipient of the 2005 American Lung Association/C. Everett Koop Unsung Hero Award

Laurent Huber is Director of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), an international coalition of over 200 members from over 100 countries, which has been instrumental in the drafting, approval and recent entry in force of the tobacco treaty. It is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and has the potential to save millions of people from the death and disease caused by tobacco use and addiction.

A humble, soft-spoken advocate, Laurent has fought the tobacco control epidemic with skill and dedication. A natural coalition builder, Laurent has had a huge impact in the international tobacco control movement. The FCA has been widely recognized for its vital role in shaping the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This is in no small part attributable directly to the work of Laurent Huber. 

For the past four years, Laurent has quietly played an influential role behind the scenes, building the base of the FCA and reaching out to advocates and policymakers around the world. His leadership has helped ensure the FCA's growth from a fledgling alliance to a powerful global tobacco control force. He also was a key figure in establishing the FCA as a legal entity with official status with the WHO.

Fluent in four languages, Laurent is often traveling around the world to lead tobacco control policy workshops for advocates and legislators. Laurent's unique skills and background allow him to combine the resources of an American NGO with the diplomacy and approach of a "citizen of the world," fostering cooperation from all parts of the globe. His personal skills and tact have given the FCA both a strong independent voice and a close partnership with the WHO. Hundreds of advocates from the Africa to South America have benefited from Laurent's leadership. The American Lung Association and the C. Everett Koop Foundation are proud to recognize his outstanding leadership.