Biographical notes of unaids staff attending XV international aids conference



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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES OF UNAIDS STAFF

ATTENDING XV INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE

BANGKOK, 11-16 July 2004



Executive Office 4

Peter Piot 4

Kathleen Cravero 4

Julian Lob-Levyt 4

Michael Iskowitz 5

Office for Monitoring and Evaluation 5

Paul De Lay 5

Nicole Massoud 6

Lisa Regis 6

Country and Regional Support Department 6

Michel Sidibe 6

Jantine Jacobi 7

Rik Peeperkorn 7

Bob Verbruggen 7

Meskerem Grunitzky-Bekele 8

Roger Salla Ntounga 8

Kizito Bishikwabo Nsarhaza 8

Geoff Manthey 9

Suman Mehta 9

Mari Ortega 10

Luiz Loures 10

Nina Ferencic 10

Henning Mikkelsen 10

Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization 11

Achmat Dangor 11

Leyla Alyanak 11

Cheryl Bauerle 11

Dominique De Santis 12

Abby Spring 12

Social Mobilization and Information 12

Purnima Mane 12

Miriam Maluwa 13

Bai Bagasao 13

Catherine Anita Hankins 14

Anindya Chatterjee 14

Julian Fleet 15

Peter Ghys 15

Robert Greener 15

Aurorita Mendoza 16

Françoise Renaud-Théry 16

Karen Stanecki 16

Ulf Kristoffersson 17

Programme Development, Coordination and UN System Relations 17

Werasit Sittitrai 17

Gillian Holmes 18

Pradeep Kakkattil 18

Intercountry Team and Country Programme Advisers 18

Tony Lisle 18

Carol Livingston 19

Swarup Sarkar 19

Tony Bates 19

Sompong Chareonsuk 20

Emelia Timpo 20

Angela Trenton-Mbonde 21

Mark Stirling 21

Oussama Tawil 21

UNAIDS Country Coordinators 22

Kenneth Wind-Andersen 22

Kristan Schoultz 22

Eamonn Murphy 22



Executive Office

Peter Piot


Executive Director, UNAIDS

and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations


Nationality: Belgian

Languages: Dutch, English, French


Executive Director of UNAIDS since its creation in 1995 and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr Peter Piot comes from a distinguished academic and scientific career focusing on AIDS and women's health in the developing world. Dr Piot has a medical degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He has held Professorships in Microbiology and Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, the Free University of Brussels, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and has done research at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was one of the discoverers of the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976. Born in 1949 in Belgium, Dr Piot is the author of 15 books and over 500 scientific articles.


Kathleen Cravero


Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English, French


Kathleen Cravero is currently Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS. She assists the Executive Director in overseeing both the programme and administrative operations of UNAIDS, as well as UNAIDS’ relationships with a broad range of international and UN partners. Dr Cravero has special responsibilities in the areas of governance, resource mobilization, advocacy and leadership initiatives. In over two decades of experience in international development, primarily working within the United Nations system, she has served as UNICEF Programme Coordinator in Chad, UNICEF Representative in Uganda and as UN Resident, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Burundi. Dr Cravero has a doctorate in Political Sciences from Fordham University and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.


Julian Lob-Levyt


Senior Policy Adviser, UNAIDS

Nationality: British

Languages: English, French


Julian Lob-Levyt is Senior Policy Adviser to the Executive Director at UNAIDS. For the past five years he was the Chief Health and Population Adviser (latterly Chief Human Development Adviser) at DFID, with overall policy responsibility for health, HIV and recently education. He has extensive experience in development. Prior to his position at DFID, Mr Lob-Levyt spent more than 15 years living and working in the Pacific Region, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. During this time he worked in the field of health and development for Overseas and Development Assistance (ODA), WHO, the European Commission (EC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Mr Lob-Levyt has also worked in the academic field, notably as a lecturer in maternal and child epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Michael Iskowitz


Senior Policy Adviser, Washington, DC, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English


Michael Iskowitz is an attorney, clinical psychologist and policy/strategy/public relations specialist who has been engaged in the fight against AIDS for more than
15 years. Prior to joining UNIADS, he co-founded the International AIDS Trust (IAT), a US non-profit organization created to mobilize the will, funding and action needed to effectively fight AIDS worldwide. He served for three years as Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy during the Clinton Administration, where he helped to enhance the US government’s response to the global epidemic. In addition, Mr Iskowitz served for a decade as Chief Counsel on Poverty, Disability and Family Policy to Senator Ted Kennedy, Chairman of the
US Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. In this capacity, he was the lead Senate staff person on AIDS and authored most of the US government’s AIDS legislation.


Office for Monitoring and Evaluation

Paul De Lay


Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English, French


Dr Paul De Lay is Director of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) at UNAIDS since February 2003. His current responsibilities include directing UNAIDS’ role in monitoring the status of the epidemic and the impact of the response, harmonizing indicators and methodologies for data collection and analysis and tracking of resource flows from global donors and expenditure within countries. Prior to this appointment, he served as Senior Advisor to USAID on HIV/AIDS and as Chief of USAID’s HIV/AIDS Division. Dr De Lay practiced clinical medicine for 13 years and has training and experience in family practice, infectious and tropical diseases, epidemiology, preventive medicine and public health. In 1988, Paul De Lay joined the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS, working primarily in Malawi. He received his MD from the University of California and a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Nicole Massoud


Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, UNAIDS

Nationality: Lebanese and French

Languages: French, English, Arabic and Spanish


In her present position as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Nicole Massoud is involved in the preparation of global reports on progress made towards implementing the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. She also provides advice to countries on their monitoring and evaluation strategies and ensures that monitoring and evaluation activities of major UNAIDS partners are properly coordinated for harmonization purposes. Previously, Ms Massoud worked with UNICEF and CIET International for more than ten years, focusing on community-based research. She conducted numerous surveys in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America on social issues such as education of young girls; caring practices; health and hygiene; smoking among young people; food security; support networks in emergency situations and opinions about public services. Ms Massoud holds a Master’s in Law and Management and a Master’s of Science in Management of International Public Service Organizations from New York University.

Lisa Regis


Technical Officer, UNAIDS

Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago

Languages: English, Swedish


Lisa Regis joined UNAIDS in 2000, working specifically on the monitoring of global AIDS financial resources. Prior to joining UNAIDS she was at WHO, dealing with environmental health and chemical safety issues and later on with globalization and cross-sectoral policy issues. Her previous experience was with her national Government where she specialized in sustainable development issues.

Country and Regional Support Department

Michel Sidibe


Director, Country and Regional Support, UNAIDS

Nationality: Malaian

Languages: French, English


Before joining UNAIDS as Director of the Country and Regional Support Department in October 2001, Michel Sidibe, worked with the NGO “Terre des Hommes” in Mali and then for UNICEF as a Country Representative in Burundi, Swaziland, Uganda and Zaire. Besides managing programmes of cooperation and assistance, he devoted considerable energy to awareness-raising amongst local and international leaders with regard to women and children and the issues of malnutrition, abduction and the AIDS epidemic. He then focused on fundraising, particularly for AIDS in Uganda where he was Chair of the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS. Mr Sidibe has post-graduate degrees in Economic Sciences, International Development and in Social Planning from the “Faculté des Sciences Economiques” and the “Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines”, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France.


Jantine Jacobi


Senior Adviser, Country Support Care and Treatment, UNAIDS

Nationality: Dutch

Languages: English, Dutch


A health systems specialist and physician, Jantine Jacobi pursued advanced studies in child development and preventive health care of infants, applied epidemiology, gender and reproductive health and health systems management at universities in her native Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. She worked for WHO on the integrated management of childhood illnesses, reproductive health and AIDS in Namibia, Nepal and Zambia. As the UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Uganda, Ms Jacobi played a key role in the establishment of the HIV/AIDS Partnership, a Uganda-led HIV/AIDS coordination system, and in the subsequent refocusing of the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS. During her assignment as UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine she was key in advancing the comprehensive care agenda and the joint establishment of national M&E systems. She is currently Senior Adviser for country support for care and treatment within the UNAIDS Secretariat and is focusing on country-led processes to scale up treatment. This includes facilitating involvement of people living with HIV, multi-sectoral support for treatment access, harmonized action among partners, and effective support from the UN Theme Groups on HIV/AIDS for the implementation of national treatment plans.


Rik Peeperkorn


Associate Director, Strategic Support Division, UNAIDS

Nationality: Dutch

Languages: English, German, Dutch, French and Spanish


Rik Peeperkorn (MD, MPH) is the Associate Director of the Strategic Support Division at UNAIDS. The Strategic Support Division focuses on the following areas: operationalisation of regional technical support facilities and capacity development; mainstreaming of AIDS; humanitarian affairs; partnerships and policy guidance. Before joining UNAIDS in August 2002, Mr Peeperkorn worked over 15 years in the field of public health in Asia and Africa.


Bob Verbruggen


Technical Adviser, Mainstreaming AIDS in Development, UNAIDS

Nationality: Dutch

Languages: Dutch, French, English and basic Spanish, German Italian


As Technical Advisor, Mainstreaming AIDS in Development, Mr Verbruggen coordinates the UNAIDS Secretariat's work to support effective mainstreaming of AIDS into national development instruments and processes. He is also the focal point for the partnership between UNAIDS and GTZ, facilitating collaboration between the two institutions at both central and country levels. In 2000 he obtained an interdisciplinary Master’s of Science in Applied Development from Tulane University, New Orleans. He then coordinated GTZ’s Regional AIDS Programme for Africa based in Ghana. He also assisted the Ghana AIDS Commission in developing its monitoring and evaluation system and pushing the national mainstreaming agenda. Mr Verbruggen has obtained his medical degree and diploma in Tropical Medicine in Belgium.

Meskerem Grunitzky-Bekele


Associate Director, Africa Division, UNAIDS

Nationality: Ethiopian and Togolese

Languages: Amharic, English, French


Born and raised in Ethiopia, Meskerem Grunitzky-Bekele completed her medical studies at the Université d’Aix in Marseilles, France. Widely experienced as a researcher, educator and administrator she has worked and taught in many countries in West Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo. From 1981 to 1991, she was Head of Department of Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital and lecturer at the Medical School in Togo. She was Director of Togo’s National AIDS and STDs Programme from 1992 to 1996. Prior to taking up her current post as Associate Director in the Africa Division at UNAIDS, she was the team leader of the UNAIDS Intercountry Team for West and Central Africa, based in Côte d'Ivoire.


Roger Salla Ntounga


Deputy Associate Director, Africa Division, UNAIDS

Nationality: Cameroonian

Languages: French, English and a good understanding of German


Roger Salla Ntounga is currently the Deputy Associate Director of the UNAIDS Africa Division, providing support to 45 countries in Africa, supporting the Theme Group mechanism and building partnerships at country level. He joined UNAIDS in July 1998 as Programme Development Adviser and later became Sub-Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa. After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, Saint Etienne, France, Mr Salla Ntounga completed a Master’s of Science in Community Health from Heidelberg University. He set up the National AIDS Programme in Cameroon in 1989 and continued to work full-time on AIDS programme development and management as National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Manager in Cameroon until 1994. He then became Team Leader of the GTZ Regional AIDS Programme for West and Central Africa, covering over 18 countries.


Kizito Bishikwabo Nsarhaza


Programme Development Adviser, Africa Division, UNAIDS

Nationality: Congolese (DR Congo)

Language: English, French, Swahili


A graduate of Université Hassan II in Morocco, Kizito Bishikwabo Nsarhaza holds degrees in International Economics and Development Cooperation and a PhD on “Health sector reform and its impacts on the market” from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Since 2000, Kizito Bishikwabo Nsarhaza is working as Programme Development Adviser in the UNAIDS Africa Division. Prior to joining UNAIDS, he worked with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development on several economic, social and sustainable development projects. Between 1998 and 1999, Mr Bishikwabo Nsarhaza assisted WHO (departments of Intensified Support to Countries in Greatest Needs and the Health Service Delivery) in the organization’s work on the approach to the informal health market, including access to HIV care and treatment, health care financing and access for medically underserved populations.


Geoff Manthey


Chief, Country Response Information System Unit, UNAIDS

Nationality: Australian

Languages: English


As Chief of the Country Response Information System Unit at UNAIDS Geneva, Geoff Manthey is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the Country Response Information System (CRIS). This includes the database development process, as well as capacity development relating to the use of the System at country level. Prior to this position he was the UNAIDS Country Programme Advisor in Cambodia (1998 - 2002) and the Philippines (1996 - 1998).


Suman Mehta


Associate Director, Asia, Pacific and Middle East Divsion, UNAIDS

Nationality: Indian

Languages: English, Hindi


As UNAIDS Director for the Asia, Pacific and Middle East Division, Suman Mehta is responsible for providing policy and programmatic support on AIDS to countries in Asia, Pacific and Middle East and North Africa. Dr Mehta has more than 30 years of professional experience in reproductive health, AIDS, gender and health policy. Prior to joining UNAIDS, Dr Mehta served as the Global AIDS Coordinator at UNFPA. She was instrumental in defining UNFPA’s institutional policy on AIDS and providing strategic guidance to the agency’s work at country level. She is a gynecologist and obstetrician from India. Her professional training includes a Doctorate in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s of Science in Demography and Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Mari Ortega


Programme Development Adviser, Asia, Pacific and Middle East Division, UNAIDS

Nationality: Filipino

Languages: English, Filipino


Mari Ortega is responsible for coordinating Secretariat activities in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, supporting UNAIDS Country Coordinators, Theme Groups, and the UNAIDS Intercountry Team based in Bangkok. These activities include leadership mobilization, partnership development, and resource mobilization. Before joining UNAIDS, he served as the Chief of Staff of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography in the Philippines. He has been given recognition as the "architect" of the Philippine AIDS Law. Mari Ortega is a medical doctor.


Luiz Loures


Associate Director, Europe and Americas Division, UNAIDS

Nationality: Brazilian

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish


Luiz Loures is a physician and public health specialist. Before joining UNAIDS in 1996, he worked for Brazil's National AIDS Programme. For over a decade - from the creation of UNAIDS - he was involved in different technical and programmatic aspects of the UNAIDS Programme, ranging from surveillance to care. From 1992 onwards, Dr Loures helped plan and implement a comprehensive national project on AIDS based on a World Bank loan. A graduate of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Dr Loures received his Master’s of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and has a specialization in internal medicine and intensive care.


Nina Ferencic


Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Americas Division, UNAIDS

Nationality: Croatian and Venezuelan

Languages: Spanish, English, French, Croatian


After working as a researcher and teaching assistant on communication and development, Nina Ferencic joined the WHO Global Programme on AIDS as a Communications Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the Health Promotion Unit and later at the Department of Research and Intervention Development. She started working at UNAIDS in 1996 where she was part of the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) team working on the development of policies, programmes and partnerships in the region, with particular emphasis on the Caribbean. Ms Ferencic has been involved in various key initiatives, including the establishment of the Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS. In May 2003 she was appointed Regional Coordinator for the LAC region. Nina Ferencic has degrees in sociology, a Master’s degree in Communications Research and a Doctorate in Communication, Arts and Sciences.


Henning Mikkelsen


Europe Regional Coordinator, Europe and Americas Division, UNAIDS

Nationality: Danish

Languages: Danish, English, German


Since 1996, Henning Mikkelsen has been part of the Europe team in the UNAIDS Secretariat, and is now the Regional Coordinator for the European region. Until 1996, he worked with WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS to help develop national AIDS prevention programmes in Europe, particularly in Central and Eastern European countries and the Newly Independent States. A main area of concentration has been forging institutional relationships with non-governmental and community-based organizations, particularly those representing or reaching out to vulnerable populations including injecting drug users, migrants, ethnic and sexual minorities, and prison populations. With a background in social sciences and working with homeless people, Mr Mikkelsen ran an AIDS helpline and advised the Board of Health’s AIDS Secretariat in his native Denmark from 1986 to 1988.

Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization

Achmat Dangor


Director, Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization, UNAIDS

Nationality: South African

Languages: English, Afrikaans and Dutch


Achmat Dangor is UNAIDS’ Director of Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization. Mr Dangor has headed up a number of development agencies; including the Kagiso Trust which was the first black-led local foundation founded by Desmond Tutu and other community leaders. He was Chief Executive of the Independent Development Trust, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Until recently he was Interim Director of the re-focused World AIDS Campaign, a joint project between UNAIDS and civil society. Over the years he has gained extensive experience in the areas of advocacy, communication, programme development and resource mobilization. He is the author of four novels and two collections of poetry.


Leyla Alyanak


Chief, Advocacy and Campaigns, Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization, UNAIDS

Nationality: Canada, France and Turkey

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and basic Portuguese


Leyla Alyanak is responsible for delivering and supporting the development of advocacy and campaign strategies at global, regional and national levels. She has been a communications and advocacy professional for 27 years, first as a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Organization and later as a global environmental advocate in her capacity as Chief of Communications for WWF International.
Ms Alyanak has campaigned for years on human rights and social issues and has written several thousand articles and broadcasts, ranging from the war in Lebanon to the Chernobyl accident to AIDS in Africa.


Cheryl Bauerle


Campaigns Coordinator, Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English


Cheryl Bauerle has a decade of experience in public health advocacy, administration and communications. She joined UNAIDS in 2002 as Campaigns Coordinator, primarily focusing on strengthening civil society's involvement in meeting the targets laid out in the UN Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. Previous experience includes work at the International AIDS Trust, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and the Carter Presidential Center.


Dominique De Santis


Press Officer, Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization, UNAIDS

Nationality: Swiss, American and Italian

Languages: English, French, Italian


Dominique De Santis has been working in media and communications at UNAIDS since June 1996. In 1996 and 1997, she worked as Information Officer, promoting the World AIDS Campaign on children and organizing events for World AIDS Day. From 1998 until 1999, Ms De Santis was seconded to UNICEF New York as HIV/AIDS Communication Officer, developing communication activities to promote the World AIDS Campaign with young people. In September 1999, she returned to UNAIDS Geneva as Press Officer to handle all aspects of media relations. Prior to joining UNAIDS, Ms De Santis worked at a public relations firm in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Abby Spring


Communications Adviser, Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English, Spanish


Abby Spring has more than a decade of experience in developing and implementing successful international communications campaigns on issues ranging from the environment to development to humanitarian crises. In her role as the
US spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme, she helped to mobilize resources and increase awareness of world hunger in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Central America, Mozambique and North Korea. Traveling to emergencies around the globe, she represented WFP on leading television news programmes and in international news articles. Ms Spring’s other work within the UN includes a year as the Deputy Director of Communications for the UN Millennium Development Goals Campaign and as a consultant to UNAIDS. She started her career at the World Wildlife Fund, and has served on US presidential campaigns, produced political television commercials and worked on the staff of Senator Kennedy. Ms Spring is a graduate of Boston University and received a Master’s in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Social Mobilization and Information

Purnima Mane


Director, Social Mobilization and Information, UNAIDS

Nationality: Indian

Languages: English, French, Hindi, Marathi


Purnima Mane is an internationally renowned social scientist whose areas of expertise include gender issues in international health, especially in AIDS. She was Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Studies, where she worked for over twelve years. Ms Mane moved to WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS, in Geneva in 1994 and later to UNAIDS where she pioneered work on gender and AIDS, managed the Executive Office and coordinated the budget and work plan process until 1999. Ms Mane then became Vice President and Director of the International Programs Division at the Population Council in New York. In 2003, she joined the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the Chief Fund Portfolio Director and Director, Asia. Ms Mane has co-authored and edited four books including one of the first books on social and cultural aspects of AIDS in India and is a founder-editor of the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality. She received her PhD in women's studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Miriam Maluwa


Law and Human Rights Adviser, UNAIDS

Nationality: Malawian/British

Languages: English, French


Miriam Maluwa is a trained and practiced lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB Hons) and Master’s of Laws Degree (LLM), from the University of London specializing in International Economic Law. Ms Maluwa has 17 years experience in legal and human rights work - over a decade of experience at both country and international level. Some of her major activities/positions have been: Representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights (Geneva, Switzerland); Coordinator of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - Plan for Rights of the Child (Geneva Switzerland); Secretary for UNAIDS Ethical Review Committee; Civil litigator and Criminal prosecutor - including undertaking Pro-bono legal cases for abused women and children; Chairperson of the Malawi National AIDS Board; Legal Adviser and Chief Parliamentary Draftsperson to the Malawi Government and Consultant on Legal and Human Rights issues for the European Union, UNDP, British Council, ILO and UNICEF. Miriam Maluwa has served as UNAIDS Law and Human Rights Adviser (Geneva) for the past seven years.


Bai Bagasao


Chief, Partnerships, UNAIDS

Nationality: Filipino

Language Skills: English and some French


Bai Bagasao started working at UNAIDS in 1996 as the Programme Development Officer for the Asia and the Pacific Division. In September 2001, Ms Bagasao became Chief of the Partnerships Unit, in the Social Mobilization and Information Department. Prior to joining UNAIDS, She worked for over ten years and headed a health and development NGO that worked with other NGOs, the private sector and governments. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science in Social Work and a Master’s in Psychology.

Catherine Anita Hankins


Associate Director, Strategic Information and Chief Scientific Advisor to UNAIDS

Nationality: Canadian

Languages: English, French


Catherine Hankins holds the posts of Associate Director, Strategic Information and Chief Scientific Advisor to UNAIDS in Geneva. She trained in medicine at the University of Calgary and in community medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England before completing her specialty in Community Medicine. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a member of the Canadian Society of Infectious Disease. Dr Hankins was a member of the Canadian National AIDS Council for eight years, chairing three subcommittees on injection drug use, women, and epidemiology. She led the National Task Force on HIV and Injection Drug Use in Canada. Before joining UNAIDS, she chaired various research peer review committees in the field of AIDS and was a recognised leader in HIV research in Canada with numerous publications. At UNAIDS, she supervises four teams: epidemiology, economics, care, and prevention; coordinates the AIDS technical input into the Global Fund Technical Review Panel; and follows developments in a number of areas, including vaccines and microbicides, scaling up antiretroviral access and effective prevention strategies, estimating resource needs for care, prevention and impact alleviation as well as tracking resource flows for HIV programming in low- and middle-income countries.


Anindya Chatterjee


Senior Adviser, Prevention and Public Policy, UNAIDS

Nationality: Indian

Languages: Bengali, English, Hindu, Urdu, Nepalese


Anindya Chatterjee graduated in medicine and subsequently obtained a doctoral degree in psychiatry and post-doctoral training in public health. He has worked with government authorities, NGOs, research and international agencies throughout Bangladesh, India, Iran and Nepal. He was previously based in the UNAIDS Southeast Asia and Pacific Intercountry Team in Bangkok and has worked extensively in China, Indonesia and Myanmar. He also headed the Asia Pacific and Middle East division of UNAIDS Geneva from July 2002 until August 2003. His areas of expertise include HIV prevention programmes for vulnerable populations, rapid assessment of drug use and HIV situation analyses, treatment of drug use, health policy research and public health advocacy. Mr Chatterjee has helped pioneer mental health programmes, developed several pioneering outreach and needle-exchange programmes within Asia, developed guidelines for rapid assessment surveys in drug use and HIV risk and founded a mental health NGO in India.

Julian Fleet


Senior Adviser, Care and Public Policy, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English, French


Julian Fleet has experience and training in both public health and law. He began his career in community-based health planning in Boston, USA and then served as health planning and management adviser to the Swaziland Ministry of Health through a multilateral international assistance project. After studying and practicing law,
Mr Fleet joined the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees where he served in various field and headquarter positions including in the office of the High Commissioner. Since joining UNAIDS in 1998, he has worked on human rights, legal and ethical issues, as well as broader policy issues. He now focuses on access to HIV care and treatment, including intellectual property and trade issues. Mr Fleet has a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, and a Juris Doctor in Law from Northeastern University.


Peter Ghys


Manager, Epidemic and Impact Monitoring, UNAIDS

Nationality: Belgian

Languages: Dutch, English, French


Since 1999, Peter Ghys has worked in a number of positions at UNAIDS, including senior epidemiologist, focusing on the analysis of the AIDS epidemic.
He currently holds the post as UNAIDS Manager for Epidemic and Impact Monitoring. From 1992 until 1999, he directed the STD section of Project RETRO-CI, an Abidjan-based AIDS research collaboration of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Côte d'Ivoire's Ministry of Health. A graduate of universities in the UK and Belgium, including a doctorate in medical sciences from the University of Antwerp, Dr Ghys is a physician and epidemiologist with long experience in the fields of AIDS, STIs, tuberculosis, and leprosy.

Robert Greener


Economic Adviser, Epidemic and Impact Monitoring, UNAIDS

Nationality: British

Languages: English and basic French


Robert Greener is the Economics Advisor at UNAIDS. Before joining UNAIDS, he worked at the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) for seven years, where he carried out a wide variety of work related to rural development, poverty reduction policy, and the economic impacts of AIDS. Prior to that, Mr Greener worked at the University of Oxford on economic modeling and issues related to food security. His graduate studies were in economic modeling and applied statistics.


Aurorita Mendoza


Prevention and Vulnerability Adviser, UNAIDS

Nationality: Filipino

Languages: English


Aurorita Mendoza is the Prevention and Vulnerability Adviser at UNAIDS. She has worked in the development field for 33 years serving in various capacities in the academic, NGO, government, and international sectors. Ms Mendoza is an educator in philosophy, with a focus on needs of marginalized groups, especially young people and women. Her work in AIDS has focused on strategy, policy and programme development for AIDS prevention, particularly towards the improvement of access and quality of information and services. Ms Mendoza’s specializations include capacity building, institutional and community mobilization and AIDS education and communication.


Françoise Renaud-Théry


Care and Support Network Adviser, UNAIDS

Nationality: French

Languages: English, French


A public health specialist, Françoise Renaud-Théry is an adviser on scaling up access to HIV and AIDS care, treatment and support. Her functions include promoting strategic information on the AIDS-related pharmaceutical market, price and quality, strengthening partnerships with civil society and encouraging gender equity for access to care and treatment. Before joining UNAIDS, she worked at WHO on medicine policy development for AIDS for three years. She formerly worked for several years as a consultant on AIDS programmes in a large number of countries in Africa and Asia. Ms Renaud-Théry has a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Bordeaux and a post-graduate diploma in public health.

Karen Stanecki


Senior Adviser, Demographics and Related Data, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English, French


Karen Stanecki, Senior Adviser on Demographics and Related Data, Department of Social Mobilization and Information, is part of the expert team on epidemiology. She is responsible for making assessments of AIDS-related morbidity and mortality. Ms Stanecki participates in the development of temporal trend data on HIV prevalence by country, region and globally, including historic perspectives, and assists in improving estimates of prevalence, incidence and mortality for orphans, young people and women. In addition, she is currently Chair of the Monitoring the AIDS Pandemic (MAP) Network. She received a Master’s of Public Health in Biostatistics and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.


Ulf Kristoffersson


Director, Security and Humanitarian Response, UNAIDS

Nationality: Swedish

Languages: Swedish, Danish, English, French, German and Spanish

Ulf Kristoffersson has been with UNAIDS since 2000, where he is currently Director of the UNAIDS Office on AIDS, Security and Humanitarian Response, acting as focal point for integrating and mainstreaming AIDS at all levels of UN peacekeeping Operations and national uniformed services. Mr Kristoffersson worked with UNHCR from 1991 to 1999 as Deputy Director for Africa (1991-1994) and as UNHCR Country Representative in Kenya (1992), Uganda (1994-1996) and Burundi (1997-1999).
He has a PhD in Social Sciences from the International Institute for Advanced Studies, Clayton, Missouri, US.




Programme Development, Coordination and UN System Relations

Werasit Sittitrai


Director, Programme Development, Coordination and UN Systems Relations Department, UNAIDS

Nationality: Thai

Languages: English, Thai


Werasit Sittitrai is currently the Director of Programme Development, Coordination and UN Systems Relations Department at UNAIDS. He is responsible for mobilising the UN System response to HIV through unified planning and integrating AIDS into various development issues in the work of UN agencies and UNAIDS collaborating centres. He also is the UNAIDS coordinator for the XV International Conference on AIDS in Bangkok. Mr Sittitrai joined UNAIDS in 1996 and was Associate Director, Department of Policy, Strategy and Research, until early 2001.
In this post he was responsible for the UNAIDS Best Practice publications as well as overseeing the policy and technical strategy for prevention and care. From early 2001 to July 2002, he served as Associate Director for Asia, Pacific and the Middle East in the UNAIDS Department of Country and Regional Support, where he helped establish a system for technical support to countries and facilitated intergovernmental cooperation in those regions.


Gillian Holmes


Manager of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and Chief of the Programme Development Unit, UNAIDS

Nationality: British

Languages: English, French


Gillian Holmes is the Manager of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and Chief of the Programme Development Unit of UNAIDS. An economist by profession, she has worked for four years in the UNAIDS Secretariat guiding efforts to amplify HIV programming in the education and agricultural sectors. More recently, Ms Holmes helped launch and shape the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. Prior to joining UNAIDS, she worked for ten years in the UK Department of International Development (DFID), serving as the Senior Health and Population Adviser for Eastern and Central Europe, the Health Adviser for East Africa, and as a Health Economist. Ms Holmes has worked in Kenya, Swaziland and Uganda and has extensive field experience.


Pradeep Kakkattil


Programme Review Adviser, UNAIDS

Nationality: Indian

Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and other South Asian languages


Prior to joining UNAIDS as Programme Review Adviser in March 2003, Mr Kakkattil worked from October 1999 with UNAIDS in India as the National Programme Officer, with special focus on strategy development and planning. Earlier Mr Kakkattil worked with DFID India as a Programme Officer as part of its Health Sector group and helped develop state-wide programmes on AIDS in many populous states. He has worked on AIDS issues particularly in setting up interventions with sex workers, men having sex with men and the transgender community in India. He is also a member of the Leadership Programme Secretariat of the XV International AIDS Conference.

Intercountry Team and Country Programme Advisers

Tony Lisle


Team Leader, South East Asia and Pacific Intercountry Team, UNAIDS

Nationality: Australian

Languages: English


Tony Lisle joined UNAIDS in April 1996 as Country Programme Adviser in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. In August 1999 he started working for the UNAIDS South East Asia and Pacific Intercountry Team as Intercountry Technical Adviser and later became Team Leader. Prior to UNAIDS, Mr Lisle managed Save the Children Fund and Australia’s AusAID-funded health and social development programme in the Lao PDR for five years. Mr Lisle’s area of expertise focuses on mobility and HIV vulnerability. He has extensive experience in planning and managing rural and community development programmes which focus on primary health care,
micro-credit and savings, non-formal education and institution building. Mr Lisle holds post-graduate degrees in history and education.


Carol Livingston


Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Adviser, Southeast Asia and Pacific Intercountry Team, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English


Carol Livingston is the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Advisor for UNAIDS Southeast Asia and the Pacific Intercountry Team based in Bangkok. She has a background in media and technology. Before joining UNAIDS, she was a founding member of TechAidAsia, a non-profit dedicated to improving management skills and the use of data, technology and advocacy in development work.


Swarup Sarkar


Intercountry Programme Adviser, South East Asia and Pacific Intercountry Team, UNAIDS

Nationality: British

Languages: Bengali, English and Hindi


Swarup Sarkar is the Intercountry Programme Adviser for the UNAIDS South East Asia and Pacific Intercountry Team and focal point for Guinea, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand. He has formal training in medicine, public health and epidemiology in India and the US. Mr Sarkar has been working on HIV for the last 15 years in the areas of epidemiology, testing, surveillance, behaviour change interventions for the most vulnerable communities in South Asian countries at local, province and national level. His recent work includes analysis of the response, costing and impact in the Asia Pacific region.


Tony Bates


APLF Adviser, South East Asia and Pacific Intercountry Team, UNAIDS

Nationality: British

Languages: English, Thai


Prior to joining UNAIDS, Tony Bates worked for five years with AusAID in Bangkok. His responsibilities included managing the Australian Community Assistance Scheme, which provides small-scale funding for locally implemented community development activities, and overseeing Australia’s AIDS activities in Thailand and the region. Mr Bate’s current position with UNAIDS is Adviser for the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV/AIDS and Development (APLF) with the UNAIDS Southeast Asia and Pacific Intercountry Team (SEAPICT) in Bangkok. The APLF aims to support and strengthen political and civil society leadership to reduce the spread and impact of the epidemic in the Asia Pacific Region.


Sompong Chareonsuk


Country Programme Adviser, Thailand, UNAIDS

Nationality: Thai

Languages: Thai, English, Lao


Before joining the UN system, Sompong Chareonsuk initiated the work on older people affected by AIDS in Thailand. For the XV International AIDS Conference, he heads the interim secretariats of the Community Programme Committee and Leadership Programme Committee. Mr Chareonsuk worked in the area of integrated rural development in Thailand and personnel training for almost twenty years. He studied sociology and anthropology before obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Planning and Development at the University of Queensland in Australia, and a post-graduate diploma in Project Management and Programme Administration at the Institute of Management Development in the Netherlands.


Emelia Timpo


Team Leader, South Asia Intercountry Team, UNAIDS

Nationality: Ghanaian

Languages: English, Fanti, Twi


Dr Timpo took up her assignment as UNAIDS Team Leader for the South Asia Intercountry Team in March 2003. She has overall responsibility for coordinating UNAIDS’ regional activities for South Asia, covering Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Prior to taking up this post, she was the UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Ethiopia and FAO Representative in Namibia. Ms Emelia Timpo has a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Rutgers University, New Jersey, a Master’s in Agronomy from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Angela Trenton-Mbonde


Team Leader, Caribbean Intercountry Team, UNAIDS

Nationality: Guyanese

Languages: French, English


Angela Trenton-Mbonde currently coordinates the regional work of UNAIDS in the Caribbean region. Since 1992, her career has focused on AIDS, working with national authorities, donors, UN agencies, NGOs, support groups for people living with AIDS and the private sector in the Caribbean, Malawi and Tanzania. A major part of her work has been in the areas of advocacy, strategic planning, policy development, resource mobilization and management issues. She has a Master’s in Health Services Administration and has worked in health services both internationally and in her home country Guyana since 1981.


Mark Stirling


Associate Director, East and Southern Africa Intercountry Team, UNAIDS

Nationality: Australian

Languages: English


As UNAIDS Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Mark Stirling provides overall leadership and coordination to scale up the UN system response to AIDS in the region. Before joining UNAIDS, he served as Chief of UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS Section in New York (2000-2003) and was responsible for guiding and coordinating UNICEF support for an expanded response to AIDS. Prior to working in New York, Mr Stirling spent many years in field postings in East and Southern Africa as UNICEF Representative in Mozambique (1997-2000), Zambia (1993-1997) and Somalia (1992-1993). Before he worked as Senior Programme Officer in Angola (1988-1992), Assistant Representative in Swaziland (1984-1988) and as Emergency Health Project Officer in Uganda (1981-1984). Mr Stirling studied at the Monash University in Victoria, Australia, where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Economics in October 1977. In October 1980, he received his Master’s in Economics and African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK.


Oussama Tawil


Team Leader, Middle East and North Africa Intercountry Team, UNAIDS

Nationality: Swiss, Syrian

Languages: English, French, Arabic


Since 1988, Oussama Tawil has worked on AIDS and, for a brief period of time, on substance abuse from a social and public health perspective. After being part of a research team studying the impact of conflict in Beirut, Lebanon, in the mid-1980s, he joined WHO in 1988 and UNAIDS in 1996. At UNAIDS, his initial focus was on HIV prevention in the context of vulnerable populations across regions. He then moved to become the Regional Advisor on prevention for the West and Central Africa team based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, and, since 2000, was re-assigned as Team Leader for the Middle East and North Africa Intercountry Team (MENA) based in Cairo, Egypt. While his thematic focus remains vulnerable and socially marginalized populations, in recent years he has been involved in guiding the intercountry team work with a range of partners to develop the AIDS response in MENA. Born in 1960, Mr Tawil's university studies have been in sociology and anthropology.

UNAIDS Country Coordinators

Kenneth Wind-Andersen


Country Coordinator, India, UNAIDS

Nationality: Swedish

Languages: English, Swedish


A specialist in public health and health administration, Dr Kenneth Wind-Andersen is presently UNAIDS Country Coordinator in India. During more than twenty years he has been involved in international development issues, working with several international organisations including WHO, UNHCR, International Organization for Migration (IOM), the European Union as well as different NGOs (Danish Red Cross, Caritas, Danish Helsinki Committee, International Medical Cooperation Committee). Dr Wind-Andersen has also worked with the Danish National Board of Health and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has a philosophy degree from the University of Lund, Sweden and a medical degree from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Kristan Schoultz


Country Coordinator, Kenya, UNAIDS

Nationality: American

Languages: English, French


A public health specialist, Kristan Schoultz is currently the UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Kenya. Prior to joining UNAIDS, she worked extensively in
sub-Saharan Africa for the Harvard Institute for International Development, WHO and UNICEF, including work in residence in Kenya, Mauritania and Niger. Since joining UNAIDS in 1998, Ms Schoultz has served as the UNAIDS Country Programme Adviser in Pakistan and as the UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Ghana. She holds a doctorate in Medical Sociology and Demography and a Master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Management.

Eamonn Murphy


Country Coordinator, Myanmar, UNAIDS

Nationality: Australian

Languages: English, French


Mr Eamonn Murphy joined UNAIDS in June 2002 as Country Coordinator in Myanmar. Prior to joining UNAIDS, Mr Murphy worked as Director at the Australian Agency for International Development in Canberra. He was responsible for coordination of policy and technical advice in sectoral areas across the agency and management of specific priorities, such as the Global AIDS Initiative. He was previously Director of the Australian National AIDS Programme and held a number of other senior posts in Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health. Mr Murphy has a degree in education and has undertaken a post-graduate degree in Health Education from the University of Sydney.




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