Governance

Executive Board

The Executive Board, Unitaid’s decision-making body, determines the organization’s objectives, monitors progress and approves budgets. The Board is chaired by Marisol Touraine, former French Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights, 2012-2017. Making decisions by consensus, the Executive Board consists of 12 members:
  • One representative nominated from each of the five founding countries (Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and the United Kingdom), Spain and the Republic of Korea;
  • One representative of African countries designated by the African Union;
  • Two representatives of relevant civil society networks (nongovernmental organizations and communities living with HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis);
  • One representative of foundations; and
  • One representative of the World Health Organization.

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Marisol Touraine

Chair

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Maria Luisa Escorel De Moraes

Brazil / Vice-Chair

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Luis PLAZA GENTINA

Chile

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Kenly Sikwese

Communities living with the diseases

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Greg Widmyer

Foundations

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Stéphanie Seydoux

France

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Fifa Rahman

NGOs

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Katja Christina NORDGAARD

Norway

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Yeong-moo CHO

Republic of Korea

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Malebona Precious Matsoso

African countries / Board member

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Mohamed Yassine KABBAJ

African countries / Alternate

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Teresa BARBA CORNEJO

Spain

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Sarah Boulton

United Kingdom

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Minghui Ren

World Health Organization

Marisol Touraine

Chair of the Executive Board

After studying at the Ecole normale supérieure for a degree in economics and social sciences, Marisol Touraine studied at the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and at the prestigious Harvard University in the United States.

Advisor to the Prime Minister from 1988 to 1991 on geostrategic issues, she became a member of the Conseil d’Etat in 1991. She then served at political positions at local level and within the French Parliament for several years before being appointed Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights (2012-2017). Of particular note in this role was her support to authorize and to assure financial coverage for innovative preventive HIV treatments, as well as her fight for the neutral cigarette pack, acknowledged by the WHO prize in 2016.

She is Chair of the Unitaid Executive Board since June 2019.

Maria Luisa Escorel De Moraes

Vice-chair of the Executive Board

Ambassador Maria Luisa Escorel is currently the Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva.

She is a career diplomat with a sound experience in the multilateral field. In Brasilia, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was the Director of the Department of International Organizations, responsible for UN issues in general, from February 2015 until April 2018.

She previously worked at the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, from December 2001 until January 2004, where she was in charge of UN operational activities, sustainable development, poverty eradication, health and environmental issues.

From August 2009 until January 2015, she served at the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, as Minister Counsellor. During that period, she was in charge of WHO and global health issues, and took part of Unitaid Executive Board meetings and Unitaid related activities in several occasions. She had the opportunity to chair and facilitate different health related processes, among which, the negotiations of the outcome document of the WHO Conference on Social Determinants of Health, that took place in Rio de Janeiro, in 2011, as well as the negotiations that led to the adoption of the Global Coordination Mechanism on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (GCM/NCD).

Luis PLAZA GENTINA

Representing Chile

Kenly Sikwese

Representing communities living with the diseases

Kenly Sikwese coordinates the AFROCAB network in Lusaka. He has been a member of several global HIV treatment access processes including WHO treatment guidelines. He co-chairs UNAIDS 90-90-90 Scientific Technical Advisory Committee. Kenly is also regular speaker on widening Africa’s access to the best available HIV treatments.

Greg Widmyer

Foundations

Director, Health Products, Programs, and Markets

Global Delivery Programs, Global Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Greg is the Director of the new Health Products, Programs and Markets team within Global Delivery Programs (GDP).  In this role, Greg will lead teams responsible for accelerating introduction of products and system innovations that reduce maternal and childhood mortality while strengthening systems to provide strong primary care.  Prior to this role, Greg was Interim Director of Integrated Delivery where he led the team’s main efforts around Primary Health Care strengthening and on accelerating the launch, integration and scale up of products and interventions within those systems.  For the previous six years, Greg was Deputy Director of the Vaccine Delivery leading the Global Implementation team which was responsible for steering many of the day-to-day efforts with Gavi in addition to focusing on vaccine introduction, market dynamics, supply chain and financing.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2010, Greg was vice president and general manager of Monogram Biosciences where he led the commercial and operational aspects of the company. He has held a variety of commercial positions within the biotech and e-learning industries including serving as head of marketing, finance, and business development at different companies.  Internationally, Greg worked for Population Services International (PSI) as Country Director for programs in Cameroon, Rwanda and Myanmar leading social marketing work in the areas of HIV, maternal and child health and nutrition.  Greg was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo. He received his BA in Russian Studies from Yale University and his MBA from Stanford University.

Stéphanie Seydoux

Stéphanie Seydoux has been appointed French Ambassador for Global health in May 2018. She has served as the head of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Division, assistant to the Director General of Women’s Affairs and social cohesion from 2014 to 2017. Since November 2017, she was in charge of a support mission to the government for the revision of the bioethics law.

After starting her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stéphanie Seydoux joined the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs (IGAS) in 2004. From 2007 to 2010, she was head of the department for the promotion of equality at the High commission against discrimination and for equality (HALDE). From 2010 to 2013, she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as first counsellor, deputy head of post at the French Embassy in Kenya.

Stéphanie SEYDOUX holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of Oxford, a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and is a former student of the National School of Administration (ENA) – promotion “Léopold Sédar Senghor”

Fifa Rahman

Representing nongovernmental organizations

Fifa Rahman represents Health Poverty Action in the United Kingdom. She was formerly the head of policy for the Malaysian AIDS Council, and currently is working on a PhD on trade negotiations and access to medicines in Chile and Malaysia.

Katja Christina NORDGAARD

Representing Norway

 

Yeong-moo CHO

Representing the Republic of Korea

 

 

Malebona Precious Matsoso

Representing African countries

Ms. Matsoso has been a Director-General of the National Department of Health in South Africa since June 2010 to date. She was the Director at the World Health Organisation (WHO) responsible for the implementation of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action Prior to this. She is currently the Chairperson of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee (IOAC) of the World Health Organisation’s Emergencies Programme, to provide oversight and monitoring of the development and performance of the programme, including its financing.

Mohamed Yassine KABBAJ

Alternate Board Member for African Countries

 

Teresa BARBA CORNEJO

Representing Spain

Teresa Barba is a Spanish lawyer and Diplomat, specialized in Development Cooperation in the public sector. She has worked in Brussels, both in the Spanish EU Permanent Representation to the EU as Counsellor, and in the European Commission in DG DEVCO. In Latin America, she worked as Adviser for External Aid to the Prime Minister of Haiti during the post-earthquake period. She has been also Spanish Consul in Nicaragua and Director of the Spanish Cultural Centre in Managua. In Spain, Teresa has worked at the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), and currently she is Deputy Director-General for Multilateral and European Development Policies in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation.

Sarah Boulton

Representing United Kingdom

Sarah Boulton is responsible for UK investments in Unitaid and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. In a previous role, she led the UK Multilateral Aid Review.

Ren Minghui

Representing the World Health Organization

Dr Ren Minghui was appointed WHO Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases on 4 January 2016. Prior to that, he was Director-General for International Cooperation in the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China.
Dr Ren received an honorary award by the Russian Federation for his contribution to health cooperation in 2006, and was awarded the “Ordre National du Mérite” by France for his efforts to advance collaboration on the prevention and control of emerging diseases in 2015.

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