It is my great honour to announce that Dr Birgit Poniatowski is the next Executive Director of IAS – the International AIDS Society. She assumes the role with immediate effect.
Since the end of July, the IAS Executive Board has led a robust search to fill this position. Birgit was the unanimous choice of the Executive Board and the Governing Council.
With more than 20 years of public health and international development experience, expert knowledge of creating innovative partnerships and a deep commitment to advancing the HIV response, Birgit brings unique qualities to the role.
For more than five years at the IAS, Birgit has successfully led resource mobilization efforts, expanded sustainable partnerships across diverse sectors and driven key strategic initiatives as IAS Deputy Executive Director.
Most recently, she helped guide the IAS through its first-ever virtual conferences in 2020 and also spearheaded the development of the organization’s strategy, which will soon be published as the 2021-2025 IAS strategy.
Throughout her career, Birgit has forged pioneering partnerships, bringing together stakeholders from the private and public sector to work towards shared common goals in public health and international development. Prior to joining the IAS, Birgit drove investment at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and managed partnerships and multi-stakeholder governance at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Creative collaboration has been at the heart of Birgit’s work. This is evidenced by her time at the United Nations University in Tokyo, where she strengthened institutions in developing countries through collaborations between UN organizations, academia and the private sector. She holds a PhD from Heidelberg University, Germany.
Birgit is an exceptional leader. I have no doubt that she will continue to successfully steer the IAS Secretariat and provide inspiration to IAS Members as we drive urgent action to reduce the impact of HIV in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please join me in warmly welcoming Birgit to her new post.
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