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Conference Committee

Representation is critical for an equitable HIV response. Everyone must have a seat at the table. Following a comprehensive review of the governance structure of its conferences, the IAS in 2021 established the IAS Conference Committee, which is responsible for the strategic planning of all major IAS conferences taking place over a four-year cycle.

Three of seven seats on the IAS Conference Committee are reserved for representatives of civil society organizations. They join elected IAS officers and the IAS Executive Director.

Through their role on the IAS Conference Committee, our civil society partners strengthen community perspectives not only at the International AIDS Conference, but also at the IAS Conference on HIV Science and the HIV Research for Prevention conference. The civil society seats rotate every two conference cycles to ensure the widest possible participation of community voices.

The IAS Conference Committee currently is composed of:

Jacquelyne Alesi
Jacquelyne Alesi

Jacquelyne Alesi

Prevention Access Campaign
Uganda
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Glory Alexander
Glory Alexander

Glory Alexander

ASHA Foundation
India
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Erika Castellanos
Erika Castellanos

Erika Castellanos

Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE)
Netherlands
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Beatriz Grinsztejn
Beatriz Grinsztejn

Beatriz Grinsztejn

President-Elect
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)
Brazil
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Sharon Lewin
Sharon Lewin

Sharon Lewin

President
Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne
Australia
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Kenneth Ngure
Kenneth Ngure

Kenneth Ngure

School of Public Health, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Kenya
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Birgit Poniatowski
Birgit Poniatowski

Birgit Poniatowski

IAS Executive Director
International AIDS Society
Switzerland
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