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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a.i. Jessica Jones

Foundations

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Carla Serazzi

Chile

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Kenly Sikwese

Communities living with the diseases

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Stéphanie Seydoux

France

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Fifa Rahman

NGOs

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Bjørg Sandkjær

Norway

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Hyunjoo OH

Republic of Korea

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Malebona Precious Matsoso

African countries / Board member

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Mohamed Amine Boukhris

African countries / Alternate

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Martín Remón

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).

a.i. Jessica Jones

Representing the constituency of foundations

 

Carla Serazzi

Ambassador Carla Serazzi, a career diplomat, entered the Chilean Foreign Service in 1996 and is currently Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. As a member of Chilean delegations, she has participated in numerous summits, assemblies, conferences, conventions and negotiations at international and regional levels. She has also been a member of Chilean delegations to the International Court of Justice.

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.

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.

Bjørg Sandkjær

Representing Norway

Ms. Bjørg Sandkjær is a senior adviser in the Section for Global Health at Norad. Before joining Norad in 2011, Ms. Sandkjær worked in the GAVI Alliance Secretariat, and has previously served in the UN Economic Commission for Africa, as well as several NGOs focusing on global health and equity.  She has published on AIDS and governance, health diplomacy, and equitable access to health care.

Hyunjoo OH

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 Amine Boukhris

Representing African countries

Mohamed Amine Boukhris, a career diplomat, is currently posted as counselor in the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco in Geneva. He is in charge of humanitarian affairs (UNHCR) and migration (IOM and GFMD) as well as focal point for health matters (WHO, UNAIDS and Unitaid) in the Moroccan Mission.

He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rabat as First Secretary in the Directorate of the United Nations and International Organizations. Then, he was in charge of the Section of Candidacies and Contributions in the same Directorate. He has also been a member of the Moroccan delegations to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Mohamed Amine Boukhris holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane as well as a Master’s degree in European Studies from College of Europe, and is a graduate of the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies.

Martín Remón

Representing Spain

Martín Remón is an Economist (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and career diplomat (since 2000), having served in Ukraine, Canada, Nigeria, Vienna (delegate to the OSCE), Madrid (Head of the OSCE and Council of Europe department), and Geneva (delegate to the WHO and ILO).

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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