Michel Kazatchkine

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Michel Kazatchkine has spent 30 years fighting AIDS as a leading physician, researcher, administrator, advocate, policy- maker, and diplomat. He attended medical school in Paris and has completed postdoctoral fellowships at St. Mary’s hospital in London and Harvard Medical School. He is Professor of Immunology at Université René Descartes in Paris and has authored or co-authored over 500 publications.

Kazatchkine has played key roles in various organizations, serving as director of the national Agency for Research on AIDS in France (1998-2005), chair of the WHO’s Strategic and Technical Committee on HIV and AIDS (2004-2007), member of the WHO’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group on tuberculosis (2004-2007), and first chair of the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel. From 2005 to 2007, he served as French ambassador on HIV and AIDS and vice chair of the board of the Global Fund. In 2007, Kazatchkine was elected executive director of the Global Fund, a position in which he served until March 2012.  He is currently the UN Secretary-General special envoy on HIV and AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Kazatchkine is also a member of the Global Commission on drug policy.