Conference Committees


  • Conference Coordinating Committee
  • Conference Programme Committees
  • Track Committees
  • Working Groups & Review Committee

Co-Chairs
Chris Beyrer, United States, International Co-Chair and IAS President
Olive Shisana, South Africa, Local/ Regional Co-Chair

Members
Alex Muganga Muganzi, Uganda, IAS Regional Representative
Chewe Luo, UNICEF
Chris Collins, UNAIDS, CLPC Leadership Co-Chair
Coumba Touré Kane, Senegal, Regional Science Partner
Daouda Diouf, Senegal, Regional Leadership Partner
Fareed Abdullah, South Africa, Local Community Partner
George Ayala, United States, Civil Society Partner (MSMGF)
Gita Ramjee, South Africa, Local Science Partner
Jennifer Bushee, The Netherlands, Civil Society Partner (GNP+)
Jessica Whitbread, Canada, Civil Society Partner (ICW)
Kenneth Mayer, United States, IAS SPC Co-Chair
Koleka Mlisana, South Africa, Local/Regional SPC Co-Chair
Lillian Mworeko, Uganda, Civil Society Partner (ICW Eastern Africa)
Linda-Gail Bekker, South Africa, IAS President-Elect
Loyce Maturu, Zimbabwe, Youth Representative
Mandeep Dhaliwal, UNDP
Mary Ann Torres, Canada, Civil Society Partner (ICASO)
Michaela Clayton, Namibia, Regional Community Partner
Milly Katana, Uganda, Local/Regional CLPC Co-Chair
Owen Ryan, Switzerland, IAS Executive Director
Sergio López, Paraguay, International CLPC Co-Chair
Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS
Stefan Baral, United States, International SPC Co-Chair
Yogan Pillay, South Africa, Local Leadership Partner

 


Community and Leadership Programme Committee (CLPC)

Co-Chairs
Chris Collins, UNAIDS, Leadership Co-Chair
Milly Katana, Uganda, Local/Regional Co-Chair
Sergio López, Paraguay, International Co-Chair

Members
Brian Brink, South Africa
Laurel Sprague, United States
Marijke Wijnroks, Switzerland
Martha Tholanah, Zimbabwe
Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Thailand

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Community and Leadership Programme Committee (CLPC) Vision

The AIDS response has given a unique and tremendously valuable legacy of unity and commitment to humanity. In the future, lessons learnt from the AIDS response can be of significant importance to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. For decades, the International AIDS Conference has been the arena where communities unite in a global outcry for our “Rights Here, Right Now!” In this space, on several occasions, the AIDS response has demonstrated that it is possible to turn the tide together and that it is possible to end AIDS as a global threat if we step up the pace.

In AIDS 2016, the Community & Leadership Programme Committee will work for a community-driven conference that takes the principle of greater involvement to the next level, especially among communities living with HIV and AIDS and key populations. It will call for the ambition, the political leadership, and the financial resources necessary to achieve the possible: advancing human rights, dramatically driving down HIV incidence and mortality, and ending the AIDS epidemic. The evidence shows that we have about five years to break the epidemic’s trajectory, or we risk the epidemic springing back even stronger. The leadership role of the community is not just important but crucial to ensure we can translate words into action and engage every actor in the global push to end AIDS.

The CLPC envisions AIDS 2016 as a unique opportunity to transform evidence into impact and to unite the AIDS community to leave no one behind. Today we know that biomedical advances and technology can’t succeed without effective engagement of the communities living with and affected by HIV. Effective and meaningful engagement is the only way to make true impact, to scale up effectiveness and to transform evidence into practice and action.

Our committee strives to ensure that the 21st International AIDS Conference programme grasps the knowledge, strengthens the unity, and proposes solutions through open dialogue in a dynamic structure that allows effective participation of all communities affected by HIV, especially of those living with HIV and disproportionately affected by it.

The leadership of every key partner in the AIDS response is key to achieve our shared objectives therefore this committee will remain alert to make sure that AIDS 2016 is an opportunity to strengthen our common leadership, to take emerging leaders to the next level and to empower the new ones. We’ll work together to make AIDS 2016 a dialogue opportunity for leaders from all sectors, ages and levels.



Scientific Programme Committee (SPC)

Co-Chairs
Kenneth Mayer, United States, IAS Co-Chair
Koleka Mlisana, South Africa, Local/Regional Co-Chair
Stefan Baral, United States, International Co-Chair

Members

Track A
Souleymane Mboup, Senegal, Local/Regional Co-Chair
Bruce Walker, United States, International Co-Chair

Track B
Annette Sohn, Thailand, International Co-Chair
David Serwadda, Uganda, Local/ Regional Co-Chair

Track C
Helen Rees, South Africa, Local/ Regional Co-Chair
Sergii Dvoriak, Ukraine, International Co-Chair

Track D
Mitchell Warren, United States, International Co-Chair
Safiatou Thiam, Senegal, Local/ Regional Co-Chair

Track E
Wafaa El-Sadr, United States, International Co-Chair
Xavier Hospital, UNESCO, Local/Regional Co-Chair

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Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) Vision

1) Advancing Equity
This conference should highlight the great advances that have occurred over the past 16 years since the AIDS conference was last in Africa, in achieving scale-up for HIV prevention, treatment, and care programmes through improved health and community systems and increased attention to human rights and gender equality.  However, it is crucial that we now better understand and address the inequities that currently exist within the HIV prevention and care continuum by developing solutions to ensure that all have access to needed programmes, especially key populations and those who have been left behind in the AIDS response.

2) Catalyzing Optimization
The last 16 years have witnessed the emergence of many new biomedical approaches, including antiviral based HIV prevention strategies, improved HIV treatment options, and scalable and decentralized diagnostic approaches to better monitor the health of those living with HIV. Current priorities include the design and deployment of expanded HIV prevention and treatment tools together with the optimal implementation of integrated biomedical advances with behavioural and structural approaches to achieve optimized effectiveness of comprehensive strategies in order to maximize the benefits of the increased funding for AIDS that was initiated after the first Durban conference.

3) Accelerating Innovation
While much has been achieved since the 2000 conference in Durban, the need for a highly effective preventive HIV vaccine and cure for those living with HIV has never been greater.  This conference must delineate the current state of biomedical, behavioural and social science working to provide a better understanding of the virus, the host immune response, and the potential strategies for achieving and measuring viral eradication.

 

Each scientific track has a track committee comprised of two track co-chairs and members who are selected with regard for expertise, region, and gender. The track committees play an active role in the preparation of the AIDS 2016 conference programme, from the initial planning stage through to finalizing the programme content.

Track A: Basic and Translational Research


Co-chairs
Bruce Walker, United States, International Co-Chair
Souleymane Mboup, Senegal, Regional/Local Co-Chair

Committee members
Dan Kuritzkes, United States
Frank Kirchhoff, Germany
Jessica Taaffe, United States
Luis Soto-Ramirez, Mexico
Nicole Frahm, United States
Sharon Lewin, Australia
Thumbi Ndung'u, South Africa
Wendy Burgers, South Africa



Track B: Clinical Research


Co-chairs
Annette Sohn, Thailand, International Co-Chair
David Serwadda, Uganda, Regional/Local Co-Chair

Committee members
Catherine Orrell, South Africa
Isabel Cassetti, Argentina
Jürgen Rockstroh, Germany
Meg Doherty, WHO
Nagalingeswaran Kumarasamy, India
Nittaya Phanuphak, Thailand
Papa Salif Sow, Senegal
Rohan Hazra, United States



Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Research


Co-chairs
Helen Rees, South Africa, Regional/Local Co-Chair
Sergii Dvoriak, Ukraine, International Co-Chair

Committee members
Ada Adimora, United States
Faustine Ndugulile, South Africa
James McIntyre, South Africa
Morenike Ukpong, Nigeria
Patrick Ndase, Uganda
Patrick Sullivan, United States
Peter Godfrey-Faussett, UNAIDS
Vitaly Djuma, Estonia
Yiming Shao, China



Track D: Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights


Co-chairs
Mitchell Warren, United States, International Co-Chair
Safiatou Thiam, Senegal, Regional/Local Co-Chair

Committee members
Anandi Yuvaraj, India
Eka Williams, South Africa
Fatou Maria Drame, Senegal
Francis Mangani, Zambia
Rosemary Mburu, Kenia
Sari Reisner, United States
Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, South Africa
Tilly Sellers, UNDP



Track E: Implementation Research, Economics, Systems and Synergies with other Health and Development Sectors


Co-chairs
Wafaa El-Sadr, United States, International Co-Chair
Xavier Hospital, UNESCO, Regional/Local Co-Chair
Committee members
Catherine Hankins, The Netherlands
Dasha Matyushina-Ocheret, Lithuania
Harsha Thirumurthy, United States
Ivan Cruickshank, Jamaica
Janet Kayita, UNICEF
Judith Auerbach, United States
Mario Bronfman , Mexico
Nhlanhla Ndlovu, South Africa

 




Civil Society Outreach Working Group


Daouda Diouf, Senegal, CCC Regional Leadership Partner
George Ayala, United States, CCC Civil Society Partner
Jennifer Bushee, The Netherlands, CCC Civil Society Partner
Jessica Whitbread, Canada, CCC Civil Society Partner
Lillian Mworeko, Uganda, CCC Civil Society Partner
Mary Ann Torres, Canada, CCC Civil Society Partner
Michaela Clayton, Namibia, CCC Regional Community Partner


Scholarship Review Committee


Alex Muganga Muganzi, Uganda, CCC IAS Regional Representative
Chris Collins, UNAIDS, CLPC Leadership Co-Chair
George Ayala, United States, CCC Civil Society Partner
Jennifer Bushee, The Netherlands, CCC Civil Society Partner
Jessica Whitbread, Canada, CCC Civil Society Partner
Michaela Clayton, Namibia, CCC Regional Community Partner
Stefan Baral, United States, International SPC Co-Chair


Workshop Working Group


Alex Muganga Muganzi, Uganda, CCC IAS Regional Representative
Daouda Diouf, Senegal, CCC Regional Leadership Partner
Koleka Mlisana, South Africa, Local/Regional SPC Co-Chair
Laurel Sprague, United States, CLPC Member
Lillian Mworeko, Uganda, CCC IAS Regional Representative
Xavier Hospital, UNESCO, SPC Track E Local/Regional Co-Chair


Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group


Abhipraya Ardiansyah, Indonesia, International Representative
Angelo Kaggwa-Katumba, United States, International Youth Representative
Jacquelyne Alesi, Uganda, Regional Representative
Jessica Whitbread, Canada, CCC Civil Society Partner
Koketso Mokhetoa, South Africa, Local Youth Representative
Lillian Mworeko, Uganda, CCC Civil Society Partner
Loyce Maturu, Zimbabwe, CCC Youth Representative, Co-Chair
Maximina Chipo Jokonya, Zimbabwe, Regional Youth Representative
Michaela Clayton, Namibia, CCC Regional Community Partner
Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Thailand, CLPC Member, Co-Chair
Mitchell Warren, United States, SPC Member
Mohammed Barry, Gambia, Regional Youth Representative
Tshepo Ngoato, South Africa, Local Representative
Yola Ntando, South Africa, Local Youth Representative