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AIDS 2024 Satellite Session: Radical Honesty and Bold Solutions Needed to End AIDS

Thank you for joining mothers2mothers’ AIDS 2024 satellite session, with support from Gilead Sciences, Inc, as we tackle an uncomfortable truth—where and why the HIV/AIDS response is stuck, especially for young people, and how we overcome this. 

Biographies for all of today’s speakers are below. After the session, we would love to hear from you — did we miss anything, or is there another challenge or solution you would like to highlight? Click here to let us know.

 

Chairs

Frank Beadle de Palomo – President & Chief Executive Officer, mothers2mothers

Frank has more than 30 years experience in the global health community that includes significant achievements in HIV prevention, domestic and global care, research, policy, and advocacy. Before joining m2m as CEO in 2012, Frank was Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health, Population, and Nutrition Group at FHI 360. Previously, Frank was Senior Vice President and Director of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), where he re-established the organisation as a leader in global AIDS programmes. He also created and directed the National Council of La Raza ‘s Center for Health Promotion in the U.S.

Carmen Villar – Vice President, Public Affairs, Corporate Citizenship Gilead Sciences,

Both a leader and a mentor, Carmen is a Vice President at Gilead Sciences. She is an expert in global public health, ESG, Health Equity, Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy. She is an experienced executive who elevates the intersection of business and social impact. Her experience working in both the public and private sectors gives her the advantage of being able to bring both together to help fight some of the hardest health challenges together. Carmen is also committed to service and is Co-Chair of the Board of NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and a board member of National Medical Fellowships (NMF).

Moderator

Christine Stegling –Deputy Executive Director, Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge Branch, UNAIDS

Christine Stegling is the Deputy Executive Director of the Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge Branch at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Prior to joining UNAIDS in January 2023, Ms Stegling was the Executive Director of Frontline AIDS; previously she was Executive Director of both the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA).

A passionate leader, committed manager and effective problem-solver, Ms Stegling brings to the position vast experience in – and deep, nuanced knowledge of – the AIDS pandemic. She is known for expertly spearheading initiatives capable of changing policy, law and fiscal environments to accelerate and expand progress toward ending AIDS. Her policy and advocacy work at global, regional and country levels has helped increase access to HIV prevention and treatment; expanded sexual and reproductive health and rights and supported marginalized people through community-based programs.

The author of numerous publications, presentations and training materials on HIV/AIDS, Ms Stegling holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and served until December 2022 as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the AIDS Rights Alliance in Southern Africa.

Panel

Dr. Emily Kainne Dokubo – Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for Program Quality for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Dr. Emily Kainne Dokubo serves as Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for Program Quality for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She directs the Office of Program Quality in the Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy at U.S. Department of State, which provides technical expertise for the implementation of PEPFAR-supported HIV prevention and treatment programs to achieve the 95-95-95 targets, reduce new HIV infections, and end AIDS as a public health threat.

A Captain (O-6) in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Dokubo previously served as U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director in Cameroon and in the Caribbean Regional Office, and as CDC’s Deputy Director for Programs in Liberia. In these roles, she led U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/CDC’s strategic support to host governments and advanced U.S. Government’s mission to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes globally. Working in close collaboration with host governments and partners to advance global health programs and policies, she directed CDC’s implementation of PEPFAR and support to partner countries to control the HIV pandemic, and oversaw the implementation of Global Health Security activities to build resilient health systems with strengthened capacity to prevent, detect and effectively respond to health threats.

Dr. Dokubo received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and MPH in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed residency trainings and a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV prevention at University of California – San Francisco, and is a double board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and in Preventive Medicine & Public Health.

Shaffiq Essajee

Shaffiq Essajee – Senior Advisor in HIV, UNICEF

ShaffiqEssajee is a pediatric infectious disease physician who has been working in the field of HIV in children since the early years of the HIV epidemic in New York City. He is a native of Kenya and in 2001 established Kenya’s first free clinic for children with HIV. Shaffiq is a graduate of Oxford University medical school and has previously worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative as Chief Medical Advisor and served as the Medical Officer for Pediatric HIV prevention and treatment at WHO in Geneva. He is currently senior advisor in the HIV section at UNICEF in New York.

Maximina Jokonya – Executive Director, Y+ Global:

An established HIV and human rights practitioner, advocate, and young woman leader, Maximina Jokonya became Executive Director of Y+ Global—the global network of young people living with HIV—in 2024. Prior to this, she served as the coordinator of the Y+ “Her Voice” fund, working with 125 community-based organisations serving or leading adolescent girls and young women across 13 African countries. Maximina has partnered with organisations including PEPFAR-DREAMS, UNICEF, Comic Relief, Robert Carr Fund, Global Fund, ViiV Healthcare Positive Action and UN Women She is an experienced and passionate leader with over eight years of experience in health programming with a focus on young people in their diversity including adolescent girls and young women, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Mpolokeng Mohloai – Country Director, Lesotho

Mpolokeng Mohloai is a dedicated, committed, and goal-oriented healthcare professional with a successful background in clinical training and education, and programme management. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing, plus an Honours Degree in Nursing, specialising in healthcare management, primary healthcare, and HIV and AIDS care. Mpolokeng joined m2m in 2008 as the Regional Manager in Lesotho and then moved to Head Office in Cape Town, South Africa, to work as the Training and Education Officer. She returned to Lesotho as the Programme and M&E Manager, and was promoted to Senior Programme Manager in 2016 and to Country Director in 2020.

Yvette Raphael – Executive Director, Advocates for the Prevention of HIV in Africa

Yvette Raphael is currently the Executive Director of Advocates for the Prevention of HIV in Africa. She is a Member of the African Women’s Prevention Community Accountability Board and serves on the Board of Trustees of MTV Base Staying Alive. Yvette is a consummate leader in the fight against HIV and is committed to HIV prevention research and development advocacy. As a woman who has been living with the virus for over 20 years, she has experienced first-hand what HIV stigma, insufficient prevention education, and reduced access to healthcare can do. She utilized her natural leadership abilities to co-found the Tshwaranang Care Center for People Living with HIV & AIDS (PLWHA). Her passion has been to improve the health outcomes for young women and girls, but her trusted expertise has also been lent to developing policies at the work place and to create better, more efficient structures to utilize the available governmental resources to end AIDS. Furthermore,Yvette is a trusted globally renowned advocate on effective and efficient education to the community regarding new and developing research for medications that treat and/or prevent HIV. She is featured in the 2018/2019 exhibition at Smithsonian Museum titled out breaks (those who survive, those left behind). She is also a member of the Global Community Advisory Group for the ECHO trial .

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