Who we are

  • Beatrijs Stikkers

    Executive Secretary at KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, comes to her role as global health advocate with a broad policy and finance background (MPA, Princeton University and 7 years in investment and development banking). She has served on the Advocacy Advisory Council of the Stop TB Partnership (2009 – 2011) and is a member of the TB Europe Coalition Steering Group (2009 – present). She has contributed the TB perspective to the delegation for a number of years and played a initiating role in the Here I am Campaign in 2010. She formally joined the delegation early 2014.

  • Ann E. Claxton

    Ann Claxton is the Director for Resource Development in the Global Health and Nutrition Department of World Vision International, where she provides strategic direction and support for health programming covering MNCH, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. In this role, one of her primary responsibilities is support and technical advice to the World Vision national offices and affiliates implementing Global Fund grants.

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    Previously, she was Sr. HIV/AIDS Programme Advisor for the World Vision Africa Region (based in Nairobi), developing and coordinating a portfolio of HIV/AIDS programs in 16 countries. Her expertise and passion is for community systems strengthening and community engagement in HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria prevention and control. World Vision is an international faith-based NGO focusing on community-led and child-centered development, local level advocacy and humanitarian response. World Vision is a founding member of the Civil Society Principal Recipient Network (CSPRN) for which Ann is also a co-Chair. The CSPRN is a membership group of civil society implementing partners of the Global Fund who come together to share best practice in implementation science, advocate for robust civil society participation in the Global Fund, and engage with the Global Fund for improving grant management procedures and policies.

  • Jason Taylor Wright

    Jason Taylor WRIGHT joined Management Sciences for Health (MSH) as Director of the USAID Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project in February 2015 and became Health Programs Group (HPG) Senior Director, Program Implementation Support in January 2016.  He has served as a Global Fund Developed Country NGO Board delegation member since late 2013.  He completed his term as a Global Health Council (GHC) Board member in December 2015 after co-chairing its Membership and Development Committee.

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    Mr. Wright was most recently U.S. Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.  He served as the primary AIDS Alliance contact with U.S. Government stakeholders and other U.S. stakeholders including foundations, private sector, and public-private partnerships.  He managed AIDS Alliance project implementation under the USAID-funded AIDSFree, AIDSTAR-Two, GMS, LMG, SIFPO, and TASC4-Africa Projects.  He co-chaired the AIDS Alliance Global Fund Coordination Group.  He represented the AIDS Alliance in the Global AIDS Policy Partnership (GAPP) and HIV Prevention Working Group.

    He was previously Multilateral Team Leader in the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS in Washington.  He served as USAID Liaison to the Global Fund and UNAIDS.  He processed the obligation of all U.S. Government contributions to the Global Fund and UNAIDS.  His Multilateral Team managed the U.S. Government Global Fund technical assistance portfolio including the GMS Project as well as the three UNAIDS TSFs in sub-Saharan Africa, the Stop TB Partnership TBTEAM and GLC, and the RBM Sub-Regional Networks (SRNs).  He conducted Global Fund technical assistance needs assessments in Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua).

  • Peter van Rooijen

    Peter van Rooijen is the executive director of International Civil Society Support (ICSS), based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). ICSS’s main activities are focused on supporting the Free Space Process partnership of 11 global HIV/KP networks and the Global Fund Advocates Network that unites advocates for a fully funded and effective Global Fund. He was the Board member for the Developed Country NGO’s from 2005-2007 and member and later chair of the GF Board’s Finance & Audit committee.

  • Ton Coenen

    Ton Coenen was the Board member for the delegation from July 2023 – November 2015. As of January 2016 Ton is the new ED for Rutgers, the Dutch national institute for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Rutgers works nationally and internationally and has offices in the Netherlands, Uganda, Indonesia and Pakistan. He was also the ED for Aids Fonds in the Netherlands for 12 years.

  • Annemarie Meyer

    As Director of Advocacy and Programmes Malaria No More UK, Annemarie was elected as Alternate Board Member for the Developed NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board from 1 June 2014. However, her engagement with both the Global Fund and the Delegation has been growing over a number of years, including working closely the Delegation and international partners around the reform process and with HIV and TB partners to encourage the historic UK 2013 commitment of £1 billion for the Fund (2014-16). She has been involved in the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria for well over a decade, coming from a background funding projects to fight HIV and AIDS across 4 continents to her current role as Director of Advocacy and Programmes at Malaria No More UK. Based in London, but travelling extensively, Annemarie is also the Northern NGO Board Member for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

  • Owen Ryan

    Owen Ryan is the Executive Director of the International AIDS Society (IAS), the world’s largest membership association for HIV professionals. Prior to the IAS, Owen was the Deputy Director for Public Policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. He worked for four years as a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he was responsible for policy and advocacy work related to global health. For a significant piece of Owen’s career, he has been focused on the Global Fund. Since 2008 he was first the Focal Point for the Private Foundations Constituency and then the Alternate Board Member for the same delegation between 2011 and 2013.

     

  • Robin Montgomery

    Robin Montgomery is the Executive Director of the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), a Canadian coalition of over 100 AIDS Service organizations (ASOs), international development non-governmental organizations (INGOS), faith-based organizations, educational institutions, labour unions and individuals committed to improving the response to HIV and related co-infections in Canada and in countries globally.  ICAD was founded in 1989 as a working group of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) with the mandate to bring together AIDS service organizations and international development organizations to address the HIV crisis at home and abroad.

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    Robin has 15 years of experience working in the field of HIV and AIDS in Canadian and international settings, in academic and not-for-profit sectors. Robin’s international experience has focused on the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia where she spent a decade working on HIV and health equity issues together with local and international communities to increase access to quality and timely prevention, treatment, care and support for vulnerable and marginalized populations. Over the course of her 10 years in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, she has worked closely with community members, civil society organizations, health care providers, and policy/decision makers to advance social justice and improve access to quality, appropriate and timely HIV prevention, treatment (as well as HIV/TB and co-infection more broadly), care and support programming and services for key affected populations. From 2009-2013, Robin collaborated in the launch and management of the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention, a national multi-sectoral research centre housed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. In 2014, she joined the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She is fluent in Russian and has a Masters in Health Administration from the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (iHPME), University of Toronto, and a degree in political science and women’s studies from York University and the University of Ottawa.

  • Beate Ramme-Fülle

    Beate Ramme-Fülle has been the Communication Focal Point of the Developed Country NGO delegation since the end of 2012, and has experienced the Global Fund from various different angles and through quickly changing eras.  Before her tenure with the Delegation, she served as the Focal Point for the German Civil Society in Global Fund issues since May 2011 and was an active advocate for various replenishment periods since 2008.

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    Before she became the Communication Focal Point, she  worked as the general manager and coordinator for Action against AIDS Germany, a nationwide network of more than 100 nongovernmental organizations and more than 280 grassroots groups working on AIDS and development cooperation network, with an overall advisory role for the Executive Board and charged with shaping governance, leading national and international advocacy including organizational development and strategy, initiating civil society advocacy, networks and campaigns.

  • Kerstin Åkerfeldt

    Kerstin Åkerfeldt is a Health Policy & Advocacy Advisor within the Analysis and Advocacy Unit of Médecins Sans Frontières'(MSF) Operational Centre Brussels. Besides serving as the Global Fund liaison for the MSF movement, Kerstin’s function involves providing policy and advocacy support to MSF teams implementing HIV, TB and Malaria programmes. MSF supports HIV treatment for over 300,000 people in 20 countries and runs numerous  TB/DR-TB and integrated malaria programmes, working alongside and actively with MoH and other Global Fund partners. Based in the MSF London office, Kerstin works closely with the five MSF operational centres, partner sections in major donor countries, and the MSF Access Campaign for Essential Medicines on operational, policy and advocacy matters related to the three diseases and global health generally. Kerstin has previously served as program officer in the MSF Sweden office with responsibilities including institutional fundraising and advocacy, and carried out shorter missions in West Africa. She joined the Developed Country NGO delegation in 2010.

  • Pye Jakobsen

    Pye has been involved since the start of the response to the HIV epidemic on local, national, and international levels, playing a particularly effective role as an advocate, for the human rights and health of all people living with HIV, but especially for sex workers, and people who use drugs as a much sought after policy analyst, and also as an implementer of innovative community based, peer led responses.  In her role as President of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) Pye has conducted numerous capacity building workshops with sex workers around the world and is a much sought after commentator on the human rights and health of sex workers. Far from only being interested in issues affecting sex workers, Pye has worked tirelessly to emphasize the intersections between sex workers and people who use drugs, emphasizing the roles that stigma and discrimination play in exacerbating the spread of the epidemic, amongst these communities and other marginalized people.

  • Sergey Votyagov

    Sergey is the Director of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, which has worked for more than a decade to support political attention, funding and quality programming for people at risk of HIV in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In that capacity, he has engaged on multiple issues of relevance to Global Fund policy and operations, including as a recipient of a regional Global Fund grant, a respected convener of UN and community consultation processes, an interlocutor with governments, and an analyst of the effects of economic transition on funding streams and HIV programming.  He is a participant in key Global Fund working groups such as the Development Continuum Working Group.  Sergey also brings a longstanding and lived commitment to ensuring the inclusion of those directly affected.  EHRN has enabled the participation of people living with HIV and those who inject drugs in multiple forums, and has served as a convener and facilitator for the Eurasian Network of People who use Drugs. 

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    This often has involved translating –literally and figuratively—the observations and experiences of the communities among whom HIV is concentrated in Eastern Europe to non-Russian speakers, and Sergey and EHRN are among the only regional organizations operating bilingually to exchange information about HIV prevention and treatment, and funding mechanisms, back and forth between Eastern Europe and the West.

  • Asia Russell

    Asia Russell has been a delegation’s member almost from the beginning of the Global Fund and is a member of SIIC (2014-16). She is a leader in the fight against HIV for over 20 years. She began her career as a community organizer and AIDS treatment activist campaigning locally and nationally in Philadelphia, and for the last 16 years has worked as Health GAP’s international policy and has been appointed as their director since 2014. Health Global Access Project—Health GAP is an organization of AIDS and human rights activists, people living with HIV/AIDS, public health experts, fair trade advocates, and concerned individuals who campaign against policies of neglect and greed that deny treatment to millions and fuel the spread of HIV. She is based in Uganda, where she works in partnership with leading civil society organizations, health rights groups, networks of people living with HIV, and reproductive health and rights groups nationally and from across Eastern and Southern Africa.

  • Arben Fetai

    Arben Fetai is Senior EU Policy Advisor at Stop AIDS Alliance (SAA), a joint initiative by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Aids Fonds / STOP AIDS NOW! He leads the SAA office in Brussels advocating work for a strong and coherent EU response to HIV and is responsible within the partnership of other global and regional policy initiatives, notably around drug policy or the African Union’s health policy frameworks. Previously, he worked at the Secretariat of the European Parliament Working Group on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Development and spent several years in Kosovo working with the UNDP and as a consultant, providing advice and support to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Parliament of Kosovo in advancing the European agenda of the country.  Through these roles, Arben has developed strong expertise in the EU’s policies and financing instruments on global health and broader development and established a strong network of contacts across EU institutions, EU Member States and civil society organisations working on these issues.

  • Joanne Carter

    Dr. Joanne Carter is the Executive Director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF), a grassroots advocacy organization generating the public and political will to end the root causes of poverty globally and in the United States. Joanne joined RESULTS/REF as Legislative Director in 1992, was appointed Associate Executive Director in 2007 and Executive Director in 2008.

    As Legislative Director of RESULTS/REF, Joanne worked with key Administration and Congressional allies, partner organizations, and technical agencies orchestrating U.S. and international campaigns to tackle major diseases of poverty, increase access to education (including abolition of school fees), expand economic opportunity for the poorest, and reform World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies.

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    RESULTS has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of the Child Survival and Health Programs Fund, expansion of global TB funding, legislation to ensure that at least half of microenterprise development resources are devoted to those living on less than $1 a day, an initiative to support countries to eliminate school fees for public primary school, and provisions that require U.S. representatives to the World Bank and IMF to oppose user fees for primary health and education. As founding Project Leader for the global health advocacy partnership, ACTION, Joanne has helped guide this nine country international partnership to mobilize increased financial resources and strengthen policies across five continents to increase equitable access to priority health interventions so that we can defeat poverty-related diseases.

    Joanne currently serves as the Vice Chair of the global Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board, a partnership of more than 1000 organizations around the world. From 2009 to 2011, Joanne served as Board Member to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria representing Developed Country NGOs, and then served the last two years on the Global Fund Board’s Strategic, Investment, and Impact Committee. Joanne also sits on the board of the Micronutrient Initiative.

    Joanne holds a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree from Cornell University and was a practicing veterinarian from 1987 to 1992. She has served as a VISTA volunteer and as a recruiter for the Peace Corps. Prior to joining RESULTS/REF staff, Joanne served as a RESULTS volunteer Group Leader and then Regional Coordinator for four years in the New York City area.

  • Mike Podmore

    Mike Podmore is Director of STOPAIDS, the network of 70 UK-based INGOs working on the global HIV response. For the last few years STOPAIDS has convened UK actors across the UK HIV, TB and Malaria communities working on the Global Fund to conduct Global Fund replenishment advocacy as well as engagement on issues of Global Fund strategy and implementation. STOPAIDS worked closely with the UK government to support their announcement of up to £1 billion for the Global Fund in 2013 and is convening UK civil society work for the 2016 replenishment.

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    Mike has been active on Global Fund issues for many years, particularly for the 4 years he was Policy manager at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance: in 2012 he gave oral evidence to the UK Parliament International Development Select Committee Inquiry into the Global Fund and published ‘Don’t Stop Now! How Underfunding the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria impacts on the HIV response’; in 2012-13 he represented the Alliance in GF consultations over the New Funding Model and in 2014 he was part of the Development Continuum Working Group. Over the years Mike has also worked closely with national advocates and key populations groups in implementing countries to support the greater inclusion of key populations within CCMs and Global Fund concept note development. He joined the Developed Country NGO Delegation in January 2016.

  • Khalil Elouardighi

    Khalil Elouardighi is Advocay Manager at Coalition Plus, Paris. His details will be added soon …