[health-vn] ROBIN GORNA TO HEAD INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY
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Subject: [AIDS ASIA] Robin Gorna to head IAS
Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 18:12:12 -0700 (PDT)
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ROBIN GORNA TO HEAD INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY
22 May 2009 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS)
today announced the appointment of Robin Gorna as Executive Director. Ms
Gorna will succeed current Executive Director, Craig McClure, on 1
September this year.
In her role as executive director, Ms Gorna will head the IAS
secretariat based in Geneva , Switzerland . Responsible for the
day-to-day management of the activities of the organization, she is
charged with implementing the organization's strategic and operational
plans under the direction of the IAS' governance and membership.
"We are delighted to find a candidate of Robin's caliber and expertise
for this position," said IAS president Julio Montaner. "Robin has worked
in all corners of the globe across many diverse issues within HIV and
healthcare generally. She is a strong and respected leader, and I have
no doubt she will make a significant contribution to the IAS and to AIDS."
Ms. Gorna is currently based in South Africa where she is the Senior
Regional Health and AIDS Adviser for the UK Government's Department for
International Development (DFID). Before accepting this position, Ms.
Gorna headed up a new Global Policy Team on AIDS at DFID where she led
many policy processes, including delivering the first UK government
strategy on AIDS in developing countries and securing international
agreement to "Universal Access", first at the G8 in Gleneagles and then
through the United Nations.
Her involvement with the IAS began in 1998, when she was the community
co-chair of the 12 th World AIDS Conference, a biennial event organized
principally by the IAS.
With over 20 years' experience in the response to HIV, Ms Gorna's
previous roles include executive director of the Australian Federation
of AIDS Organisations; co-chair of the 6 th International Conference on
AIDS in Asia and the Pacific; and director of health promotion for the
Terrence Higgins Trust; among others. Ms Gorna is the author of many
internationally-published works, including a book entitled Vamps,
Virgins and Victims: How can women fight AIDS? (Cassells, 1996).
The IAS is the world's leading independent association of HIV
professionals, with over 13,000 members in 188 countries working at all
levels of the global response to HIV/AIDS. IAS members represent
scientists, clinicians, public health, policy experts and community
practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic. The IAS is the lead
organizer of the International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference on
HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.
IAS Member Service
e-mail: <memberservice at iasociety.org <mailto:memberservice%40iasociety.org>>
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