International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Announces Board of Directors Appointments
Dec 10 13
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative announced that Alex Godwin Coutinho has taken over the role of Chair of its Board of Directors, and U.S. Ambassador Eric Goosby and the Rt. Hon. the Lord Fowler have become new members of the Board. Coutinho is a driving force in the global fight against HIV/AIDS in his personal life and professional career. As Executive Director of the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala and, previously, at The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), he has helped ensure access to life-saving HIV services for tens of thousands of people. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Government of Japan's 2013 Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services, alongside Dr. Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, founding Executive Director of UNAIDS, and a prior IAVI Board member. Dr. Coutinho joined IAVI's Board in December 2008, and has been serving as Chair of its Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit/Finance Committee. He succeeds Paul H. Klingenstein, Managing Partner of Aberdare Ventures, who served as IAVI Board Chair for five years and continues to serve as a member of the Board. Ambassador Goosby recently completed a four-and-a-half-year term as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Under his leadership, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan on AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) significantly expanded its HIV program around the world. Ambassador Goosby's extensive experience with HIV/AIDS began with treating patients at San Francisco General Hospital when AIDS first emerged, and has ranged to engagement at the high levels of policy leadership. As the first Director of the Ryan White Care Act at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he also helped develop HIV/AIDS delivery systems in the United States.