Michel Kazatchkine has over 35 years of experience in global health as a physician, researcher, administrator, advocate, policy maker and diplomat. He attended medical school in Paris and completed postdoctoral fellowships at St Mary’s Hospital in London and Harvard Medical School. He is Emeritus Professor of Immunology at René Descartes University in Paris. Michel has served as Director of the National Agency for AIDS Research in France and French ambassador on health. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of the Global Fund. From 2012 to 2020, Michel served as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in eastern Europe and central Asia and a special advisor to UNAIDS. He is currently a senior advisor to the Regional Office for Europe of WHO, a senior fellow with the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.