22nd International AIDS Conference
Amsterdam, Netherlands | 23-27 July 2018

Conference Committees

  • Conference Coordinating Committee

Co-Chairs

AIDS 2018 International Co-Chair
Linda-Gail Bekker, South Africa
Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town
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Linda-Gail Bekker is Professor of medicine and Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town. She is also chief operating officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the wellbeing of people from some of the poorest communities in South Africa. She is a physician scientist with a keen interest in HIV, tuberculosis and related diseases. Her research interests include programmatic and action research around antiretroviral roll out and TB integration, prevention of HIV in women, youth and men who have sex with men. In her role in the Foundation, she is passionate about community development and engagement and actively explores new and innovative ways to tackle the challenge that is HIV. She is President of the International AIDS Society and serves on a number of other national and international committees and boards.

AIDS 2018 Local Co-Chair
Peter Reiss, The Netherlands
Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam
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Peter Reiss, is Professor of Medicine, at the Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam. He has served on several European and U.S. committees reviewing national HIV Clinical Research programmes, including the Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le Sida et les Hépatites Virales (ANRS) in France, the NIH HIV/AIDS programme in the United States, and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in Vancouver, Canada. He also served as a member of the U.S. Public Health Service/Infectious Disease Society of America Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Working Groups. Currently, Dr. Reiss serves on the HIV Monitoring Working Group of the Dutch HIV Monitoring Foundation, the Scientific Advisory Boards of the ANRS and the Swiss HIV Cohort Study, the Steering Committees of the D:A:D study, the ART-Cohort Collaboration and the Cohere Cohort Collaboration, and is vice-chair of the EuroSIDA Study. Dr Reiss also served as President of the European AIDS Clinical Society, as Core Committee member of the Scientific Committee and for the biennial Glasgow International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection.

IAS Representatives

IAS President-Elect
Anton Pozniak, United Kingdom
St Stephen’s Centre, Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust
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Dr Pozniak ran the HIV research unit at King’s College London before moving to his current position as Consultant Physician/Senior Lecturer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 1998, where he is an executive director of HIV research and Director of HIV services. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1996 and has been made a Life member of the British HIV Association. Dr Pozniak was an advisor on HIV and AIDS to the UK Government Health Select Committee and is on the Expert advisory group on AIDS for the UK Department of Health. He is an executive member of the European AIDS Clinical Society and President Elect of the International AIDS Society.

Regional Representative
Jürgen Rockstroh, Germany
University of Bonn
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Jürgen Rockstroh, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Head of the HIV Outpatient Clinic at the University of Bonn in Germany. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Rockstroh is involved in HIV research on: antiretroviral therapy, including new drug classes; the course of HIV disease in haemophiliacs; and HIV and hepatitis co-infection. He currently chairs the hepatitis research activities in NEAT and EuroSIDA. The German Society for Infectious Diseases awarded Dr. Rockstroh and his co-authors the prize in clinical infectious diseases in 2002, and the national AIDS research prize in 2005. Dr Rockstroh has authored or co-authored over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and over 70 book chapters.

IAS Executive Director
Owen Ryan, Switzerland
International AIDS Society
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Owen Ryan is the Executive Director of the International AIDS Society. Prior to the IAS, Owen was Deputy Director for Public Policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research where he was responsible for policy and advocacy related to global health financing, new HIV technologies, and key populations. Prior to amfAR, Owen spent four years as a Program Officer for HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has previously worked on HIV/AIDS programs in Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Owen serves as the Alternate Board Member to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Vice Chair of the Board for Funders Concerned about AIDS. He earned his Masters of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and his Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

UN Joint Programme Representatives

UN Joint Programme
Monica Beg
Chief of HIV/AIDS Section, UNODC
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Dr. Monica Beg has more than 20 years of hands‐on experience in advocating for, developing, and implementing rights based, evidence informed and gender responsive public health policies and programs, with particular focus on HIV, harm reduction, sexual and reproductive health, key populations and fragile communities, at the global, regional and country levels. She is currently working at UNODC HQ in Vienna, as its Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section. Prior to joining UNODC, Dr Beg served at WHO HQ in Geneva, and oversaw the development and implementation of its normative work concerning key populations and HIV. Her broad base professional experience also includes designing, and leading, groundbreaking HIV projects and programs with CARE and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF‐Netherlands) for people who inject drugs, sex workers, MSM, prisoners, transgender people and transport workers. In recognition of contributions, Dr. Beg was elected Vice Chair of the Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN) in 2000.

UN Joint Programme
David Wilson
Global Lead, World Bank
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David Wilson is the World Bank’s first Global Lead for Decision and Delivery Science and also Global HIV/AIDS Program Director. He was previously the Bank’s Lead Health Specialist focusing on AIDS and the Bank’s first Senior Evaluation Specialist working on AIDS. Before joining the Bank, David worked as an academic, development practitioner and global health advisor in Zimbabwe for 20 years. David has over published over 100 scientific papers and delivered over 1,000 scientific addresses. He has worked in approximately 50 countries on all continents, including 28 countries in Africa and many fragile and conflict situations in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Pacific.

Civil Society Partners

Rico Gustav, The Netherlands
The Global Network of People Living With HIV (GNP+)
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Rico Gustav is currently the Community Development Manager of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Rico has been working and advocating on issues around HIV, drug use, and key populations since 1999 at the national, regional and global levels. Rico is the Alternate Member for the GFATM representing the Communities Delegation. Previously, Rico worked in the UNAIDS country office in Indonesia for three years before moving to Bangkok and working with the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia & Pacific (Bangkok). Rico worked at the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+), a Global Fund Principal Recipient, as the Grant Management Unit Manager, managing the development of Global Fund grant proposals and the implementation of grants. Rico also worked at Population Services International (PSI) Thailand as the Programme Development Manager, working on regional programmes, including those on malaria.

Jessica Whitbread, Canada
International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW)
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Jessica Whitbread works in the realm of social practice and community art, often merging art and activism to engage a diversity of audiences in critical dialogue. Whitbread often uses her own her own body and experience as a queer woman living with HIV, as the primary site of her work. In her head the entire world is a pantless tea party, full of awkward yet playful interactions that challenge hetero-normative and mainstream assumptions about bodies, sexuality and desire. Her ongoing projects include No Pants No Problem, Tea Time, and PosterVIRUS (AIDS ACTION NOW!). Whitbread was the youngest and first queer woman to be elected as the Global Chair for the International Community of Women Living with HIV – ICW (2012), the founder of the first International Chapter of Young Women, Adolescents and Girls living with HIV (2010) as well as a long standing Steering Committee member for AIDS ACTION NOW!, and a Board member of the Canadian HIV Legal Network. She is currently the Community Relations & Mobilization Manager for ICW in the Global Office.

Mary Ann Torres, Canada
International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO)
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Mary Ann Torres has been active in the field of AIDS policy for over ten years. She is a Lawyer from Venezuela with a specialty in international health and human rights. In her hometown of Caracas, she taught a course on human rights at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. She holds a Masters in international law and health and a Masters in women's rights and health. She has been particularly involved in capacity building programs on leadership, advocacy and monitoring initiatives, as well as programs and projects, especially around the implementation of international commitments related to HIV/AIDS (i.e., the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment and the Millennium Development Goals). Prior to her appointment as the Interim Executive Director of ICASO, she was the Senior Policy Advisor.

George Ayala, United States
Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF)
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George Ayala is the Executive Director of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) where he leads the agency’s international policy, advocacy, research, and technical support responses to HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Dr. Ayala has worked in the non-profit HIV/AIDS sector managing multi-million dollar budgets and supervising large, interdisciplinary teams of professionals for over 20 years. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Ayala has conducted HIV social science and intervention research since 1996. His research has mainly focused on understanding the mechanisms through which social discrimination affects the risk for HIV among gay men of color in the U.S. He has more recently explored the facilitators and barriers to HIV-related services through his international cross-sectional online survey research with gay men/MSM.

Marama Pala, New Zealand
International Indigenous HIV and AIDS Community
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Marama Pala (Ngātiawa ki Kāpiti); Executive Director of INA (Māori, Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV/AIDS Foundation; Chair of the International Council of AIDS Service organisations (ICASO); Acting-Chair International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW); Chair of International Indigenous HIV & AIDS Community (IIHAC).  Community Delegate Global Fund on HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria AND Co-chair of the Civil Society Stakeholders Task Force to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV. Marama was the first Māori Indigenous woman to publicly disclose her HIV status in 1993. She has become a powerful advocate for Māori, Women and key populations. Through her work she advocates for people impacted by HIV and Tuberculosis, gender equality for women living with HIV, and Indigenous people living with HIV and TB nationally, regionally and internationally.  Favourite quote: “We have come a long long way in this struggle, but we have a long long way to go” Dr. Martin Luther King.

Local and Regional Partners

Local Community Partner
Alexander Pastoors, The Netherlands
Dutch Association of PLHIV
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Alexander Pastoors (born 1967 in Heroldsberg, Germany) is currently chairman of the Dutch Association of PLHIV and member of the Conference Coordinating Committee for AIDS 2018. He’s been an HIV/AIDS activist since 2007 when he teamed up with Poz&Proud, the gay men’s section of Hiv Vereniging (the Dutch association of PLHIV). He was editor in chief of the book “25+, history of HIV and AIDS in the Dutch gay community” and helped shape numerous Poz&Proud activities for gay men aimed at bolstering gay men's resilience, self-confidence and improving their health. He has been living with HIV since 2002 and was also co-infected with and subsequently cured of HCV in 2013. Alexander studied architecture and graduated as a master of science in 1995 at the Technical University of Delft. Next to his voluntary work for Hiv Vereniging he currently works as a policy advisor for the Royal Institute of Dutch architecture firms (BNA) in Amsterdam and is an architectural tour guide. He lives in Rotterdam with two cats.

Regional Community Partner
Nataliya Leonchuk, Ukraine
East Europe & Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV (ECUO)
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Ms. Leonchuk is a well-known and inspiring leader of the HIV community in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), representing it at both national and international levels. Being a practitioner psychologist, a leader and an activist, she works on empowering the PLWH communities to defend their rights for dignified, high-quality and long lives. Up to 2012 Ms. Leonchuk occupied the position of the Executive Director of East Europe & Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV, - regional organization uniting PLWH communities from 16 countries. Earlier since 1999 Ms. Leonchuk has been a co-founder of All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH, which nowadays plays a crucial role in overcoming the HIV-epidemic in Ukraine.

Local Leadership Partner
Monique Middelhoff, The Netherlands
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Monique Middelhoff, MA, (1954) studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and graduated in 1982 in clinical psychology. After a period of five years, initially as a volunteer and later as the coordinator of the national AIDS Helpline, Ms. Middelhoff joined the Department of International Affairs at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (The Hague) in 1990. For eleven years she served as (Senior) Adviser for global health affairs, in particular in the context of the United Nations (WHO, UNAIDS, IARC, Commission on Social Development). In 2001 Ms. Middelhoff moved to Geneva (Switzerland) to work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Dutch Permanent Mission at the United Nations and other International Organizations. For four years she served as the focal point for WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria.  From mid-2005 Ms. Middelhoff coordinated the international collaboration at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands, an Agency directly linked to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Ms. Middelhoff joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague late 2008 as Senior Health and HIV/AIDS Adviser. She acted as the focal point for the Dutch Chairmanship of the Programme Coordinating Board of UNAIDS in the period 2009-2010. From April 2013 to June 2016 Ms. Middelhoff was seconded to UNAIDS as Senior Adviser in the office of the Director Rights, Gender, Prevention and Community Mobilization. She managed the preparatory process for UNAIDS Gap Report (2014) as well as the report Do No Harm Report, Health, Human Rights and People who Use Drugs, that UNAIDS launched before the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem (April 2016). She has been the focal point for the tripartite Dutch-UNAIDS collaboration on key populations as well as for the preparatory process for the UNGASS on the World Drug Problem. Since the first of July 2016 Ms. Middelhoff has returned to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as focal point for the International AIDS Conference, which will take place in Amsterdam in July 2018.

Regional Leadership Partner
Luís Mendão, Portugal
European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG)
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Luís Mendão concluded his studies in biochemistry in 1983 at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris. He is currently Chair of the Board of GAT –Treatment Activist Group, an NGO founded in 2001 and working in prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis focus on key populations. He is also the founder and on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Prohibitionist Association (SOMA-APA). Current co-chair of the Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS at the European Commission and he’s Chair of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG). Luís Mendão also integrates to the Steering Committee of the HIVPORTUGAL initiative. In the last ten years, it has been community consultant of the Regional Office of the World Health Organization Europe (WHO Europe), EMCDDA and ECDC. Luís Mendão was diagnosed with HIV and HCV in 1996.

Local Scientific Partner
Marc Van der Valk, The Netherlands
Dutch society of HIV treating physicians
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Marc van der Valk MD, PhD works as an internist-infectiologist at the department of Infectious Diseases of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. He has extensive clinical and research experience in HIV-care and is currently Chairman of the Dutch society of HIV treating physicians. His research focus is on aging related complications in HIV-infected individuals and on Hepatitis B and C co-infections. He is a member of the Dutch HIV treatment guideline committee and the Dutch HCV treatment guideline. Furthermore, he is responsible for the clinical care of a large cohort of HBV or HCV mono-infected patients on his outpatient clinic.

Regional Scientific Partner
Fiona Mulcahy, United Kingdom
European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS)
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Professor Mulcahy is a consultant physician in the Department of Genito-Urinary Medicine and Infectious Diseases (GUIDE) at St James’s Hospital Dublin and is University Professor at Trinity College Dublin. She is department head of the largest Sexual Health Clinic/STI Clinic/HIV Clinic in Ireland. Prof Mulcahy graduated from Trinity College Dublin BA, MB, MCH 1979, MD 1986 and did her fellowship training in Sexual Health /HIV Medicine at the Leeds General Infirmary Leeds UK. She was appointed Consultant in Genito-Urinary Medicine and HIV Medicine at St James’s Hospital in 1987, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1991. She is currently Vice President of the European AIDS Clinical Society. She has personally directed a number of PHD and MSC projects and has published numerous research papers on Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV and related topics. Prof Mulcahy is particularly interested in the issues relating to vulval disease in 
women, syphilis infection and management of all sexually transmitted infections. For her work in HIV she was awarded Irish Women of the Year in 1996.

Programme Committee Co-Chairs

Local/Regional CLPC Co-chair
Louise Van Deth, The Netherlands
Aids Fonds - STOP AIDS NOW! - Soa Aids Nederland
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Louise van Deth is executive director of Aids Fonds and Soa Aids Nederland. She has been with this organisation since 2008. Before that she was director of an environmental NGO. She started her career as in investment banker in the Netherlands. Louise van Deth served on the board of many private foundations. Currently she is chair of the audit committee of the FNV, the largest labour union in the Netherlands. She is also on the board of Funders Concerned About Aids. Louise hold an MBA from Tuck Business School and a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Amsterdam.

International CLPC Co-Chair
Christoforos Mallouris
UNAIDS
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Chris Mallouris works as the Community Mobilization Adviser at UNAIDS, Geneva. His work includes integration of community responses into national AIDS plans, good policy and practice, meaningful engagement of key populations, including people living with HIV, and acts as the UNAIDS focal point on people who inject drugs. Before joining UNAIDS, Chris worked as a consultant for the Social Justice 4 All consulting firm (2012-2013) and was the Director of Programmes at the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+; 2008-2011), during which time he oversaw and managed all programmatic and advocacy work of the organization. He was with UNESCO (Paris) from 2003 to 2008, working on the education's sector response to AIDS. Chris holds a Bachelors of Art in Physics from Macalester College (1995), a Masters and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago (1996, 2001) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine External Programme (2009).

Leadership CLPC Co-Chair
Michel Kazatchkine, Switzerland
UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS and Communicable Diseases
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Professor Michel Kazatchkine has spent the last 30 years fighting AIDS as a leading physician, researcher. administrator, advocate, policymaker, and diplomat. He attended medical school at Necker--‐Enfants--‐Malades in Paris, studied immunology at the Pasteur Institute and completed postdoctoral fellowships at St Mary’s Hospital in London and Harvard Medical School. Professor Kazatchkine has played key roles in various organizations, including serving as Director of the National Agency for Research on AIDS (ANRS) in France (1998--‐2005) and Chair of the WHO’s Strategic and Technical Committee on HIV/AIDS (2004--‐2007). From 2005 to 2007, Professor Kazatchkine served as French Ambassador for the fight against HIV/AIDS and Communicable Diseases. In 2007, he was elected Executive Director of the Global Fund, a position in which he served until March 2012. In July 2012, Professor Kazatchkine was appointed as the UN Secretary--‐General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He is a Senior Fellow with the Global Health Program of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and serves as Chair of the Board of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund.

Local/Regional SPC Co-Chair
Sheena McCormack, United Kingdom
University College London
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Sheena McCormack, MBBS, MSc, FRCP, Dip Ven., is a Clinical Epidemiologist who has been coordinating HIV prevention trials since 1994, when she joined what subsequently became the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit. From the outset she has worked on HIV vaccine trials, all Phase I/II, in Europe and Africa. Since 1998 she has been involved in microbicide trials and was Chief Investigator of a Phase III vaginal microbicide trial that enrolled 9,385 women through six research centres in Southern Africa. Sheena has been a Consultant in HIV/GU Medicine since 1991, initially at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals and since 1996 at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital working at the Dean Street clinic in Soho. She recently reported the PROUD PrEP study conducted in gay and other men who have sex with men which showed a very high level of effectiveness for daily oral Truvada in the real world setting of 13 sexual health clinics in England. PROUD was the first HIV prevention trial to use a randomization to immediate or deferred access in order to compare PrEP to no-PrEP and assess the impact on risk behavior and determine if any change in this would undermine efficacy. Although her primary current focus is to ensure that PrEP becomes available to those who need it in the UK and Europe, she continues to work on HIV vaccine trials and maintains an interest in microbicides. Sheena became a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Imperial College in August 2012, and joined UCL in August 2013 when the MRC Clinical Trials Unit became part of UCL.

International SPC Co-Chair
Wafaa El-Sadr, United States
ICAP, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
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Wafaa El-Sadr is University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Mathilde Krim-amfAR Professor of Global Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons. Through ICAP at Columbia University, the Center she established more than a decade ago, she was instrumental in support of establishment of large-scale programs in sub Saharan Africa and Asia that integrate research, education, training and practice. ICAP works closely with US government agencies, international organizations, academic institutions, private sector, community-based organizations and civil society groups in the pursuit of responsive, inclusive, sustainable and innovative approaches to addressing global health threats and achieving public health impact. ICAP supports the education, training and mentorship of diverse workforce for health with a special emphasis on support for the nursing workforce. Dr. El-Sadr’s research interests are diverse and include research on the prevention and treatment of HIV, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases, maternal-child health among others. She received her medical degree from Cairo University, a Master’s in public health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She was named as McArthur fellow and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

SPC IAS Co-Chair
James Hakim, Zimbabwe
University of Zimbabwe
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James Hakim is Professor of Medicine; formerly Chair of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. In addition, he is the Director of the UZ Clinical Research Centre and a Co-PI in the UZ-UCSF Collaborative Research Program, two programs which are involved in HIV/AIDS research including antiretroviral therapy, prevention, opportunistic infections and perinatal HIV. James is also the Principal Investigator of the UZ Medical Education Partnership Initiative-NECTAR, a PEPFAR and NIH funded programme (2010-2016), whose goal is to improve medical education capacity and research capacity strengthening to cope with the heavy burden of all diseases, especially HIV/AIDS in Africa. James Hakim trained at Makerere University, Uganda (MBChB); University of Nairobi, Kenya (MMed-internal medicine); Royal Colleges of Physicians UK (MRCP-UK); University of Newcastle, Australia (MMedSci-Clinical Epidemiology); University of Cape Town (Health Professions Education) and completed a post-doc in Cardiology at Aachen, Germany. He is also a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh. Recently, James Hakim was nominated for an award of a Doctor of Science in Medicine from University College London at a graduation ceremony in July 2016.

Youth Representative

Nadiia Dubchak, Ukraine
Eurasian Union of Adolescents and Youth Teenergizer
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Nadiia Dubchak (17) is currently the Projects Coordinator and Journalist in the Eurasian Union of Adolescents and Youth Teenergizer and preparing to study in the USA as part of the Ukraine Global Scholars programme. In 2014, Nadiia joined the co-founding group of the Eurasian Union of Adolescents and Youth Teenergizer, Ukraine and has been working in the organization as a volunteer and journalist. In 2015, Nadiia participated in the organization teams of two social projects in Kyiv - Art_Eve art evening and Fight_HIV_ART_Fest aimed to spread information about the HIV epidemic in Ukraine. In 2016, Nadiia took part in the «Fighting HIV: United Ukraine» conference by Peace Corps USA. In 2016, Nadiia graduated from Gymnasium 19, Kyiv.