About Us

Prohibition Partners was founded in 2017 with a mission to open up the international cannabis industry through reliable data and intelligence.

Within two years, we have become the world’s leading provider of market insights and strategic consultancy for this emerging frontier.

We firmly believe that data, insights and education will unlock the societal and commercial potential of cannabis.

Our research and content teams routinely share the latest legislative developments and key trends in the industry - information that is regularly cited by political leaders, investment banks and Fortune 500 companies.

Our consultancy team works with investors, operators and regulators to identify and execute opportunities across multiple jurisdictions. We advise our private clients on licensing, regulatory and business opportunities.

Team

Stephen Murphy

Managing Director & Co-Founder

As a cannabis specialist focused on developing the legal European cannabis industry, Stephen is a co-founder of ECH, Europe's cannabis investment group, and Cannabis Europa, Europe’s premier medical cannabis conference. With a background in technology, digital media and corporate finance, Stephen works with investors, entrepreneurs and regulators to identify, qualify and maximise the opportunities in this emerging frontier.

Alexandra Curley

Head of Insights

Alexandra is Prohibition Partners´ Head of Insights, bringing almost 20 years’ experience of insight-driven data analysis for blue-chip clients. With a background in market research, Alexandra has worked for some of the largest research houses (Euromonitor and Mintel) and also as a consultant to clients across varied industries (e.g. advertising, mobile phone, town planning, and emerging currencies). She is skilled in qualitative and quantitative analysis and draws from a range of research techniques, including big data and social listening.

Eoin Keenan

Head of Communications

Eoin Keenan is a cannabis expert and communications consultant. Eoin works across Cannabis Europa, Europe’s premier medical cannabis event, ECH, Europe’s cannabis investment group, and Prohibition Partners, delivering high-quality content, creative and communications strategies to help grow the brands and businesses. With a background in branding, insights and intelligence, business development and technology, Eoin co-founded and ran his own digital technology company before a successful exit in 2015.

Adele Byrne

Senior Analyst

Adele graduated from University College Dublin with a First Class Hons. Masters degree in Social Science in 2002. Adele has seventeen years experience working in a variety of research and social policy roles for highly respected organisations in the C&V sector and the Irish civil service, most recently as a parliamentary researcher with the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament), supporting elected members of parliament in their scrutiny of draft legislation.

Barbara Pastori

Head of Consultancy

Barbara is a consultant with a multidisciplinary background ranging from social to technical sciences. Prior to joining Prohibition Partners, Barbara held various consulting positions, from energy to process re-engineering, with a focus on regulated market analysis and investment strategy. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French and holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from LLUIS Guido Carli University and an MSc (Econ) from Aberdeen University.

William Sloane

Sponsorship Manager

Will Sloane is the Global Sponsorship Manager for Prohibition Partners. Working with the biggest brands operating in the cannabis market on a daily basis, Will provides key insights into the performance of sponsorship campaigns while ensuring results are delivered.

Claire Birks

Senior Analyst

Claire has 16 years' experience in market intelligence and editorial work and has worked extensively with the market leaders in the research industry. Through her own consultancy she has broadened her experience in the world of PR and editorial content and has worked closely with glossy magazines such as Elle and Homes & Gardens. Claire was also a regular features writer at Grand Designs.

George Brown

Digital Marketing Manager

George has worked in marketing and advertising for six years, having previously graduated from De Montfort University with a degree in English & Journalism. With a strong focus on content production, event management and digital marketing, George supports the creation of Prohibition Partners’ industry-leading reports while delivering key insights, data and market updates across the business's digital channels.

Alexander Beadle

Content Writer

Alexander has been working as a freelance science writer since 2017, and has been covering the international cannabis industry since 2018. He has bylines in numerous specialist cannabis industry publications, and his work has been cited as a trusted source by the likes of Forbes and Insider. Alexander graduated in 2018 with an MChem (Hons) in Materials Chemistry from the University of St Andrews.

Conor O’Brien

Industry and Data Analyst

Conor holds a degree in plant science as well as a Masters in Neuroscience, which he obtained in 2019 from Trinity College Dublin. While there, he successfully completed several technical projects involving writing programming for brain imaging and the cultivation of stem cells. Conor's work in plant science has also contributed to EU-level research and reports. He now uses his experience in analysis and writing to understand the cannabis industry and communicate this to clients and report readers.

Arnau Valdovinos

Consultant

Arnau is an analyst and consultant with a background in market research. He holds a degree in political science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona as well as a master’s in public opinion from the University of Valencia. Arnau is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English and French.