Charles Parry is the Director of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research (SAMRC) and is a former Acting Vice-President of the SAMRC (2012-2014). He is an Extraordinary Professor in Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University and undertook post-graduate studies in Mathematical Statistics (MSc) and Clinical and Community Psychology (MA, PhD) in South Africa and the USA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Services Research at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. He is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Clinical and Research Psychologist. He has authored +/-200 journal articles and co-authored three books and is a member of the editorial/advisory boards of four journals. He is a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems; the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Alcohol & Drug Epidemiology (Chair 2015-16);the technical advisory group of the UNODC/WHO joint programme on drug dependence, treatment and care; the board of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance; and UNODC World Drug Report Scientific Advisory Committee. He also sits on the South National AIDS Council (SANAC) Technical task Team on Prevention and Social & Structural Drivers of HIV.