The Delegation represents a constituency which includes national, regional and global NGOs and networks, civil society representatives on CCMs and regional CCMs as well as civil society implementers of Global Fund grants who operate as PRs, SRs and SSRs. Delegates serving on the Delegation reflect this diversity and are drawn from NGOs, CBOs and FBOs working on the three diseases and also organizations working on related crosscutting-issues such as human rights, key and vulnerable populations and gender.
Sitting on The Global Fund Board, we influence decisions to ensure strategic responsiveness to the concerns of NGOs that serve those affected by HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria. The Constituency has one vote on The Board. A diversity of persons from developing countries across the global south form the team. The full leadership team may consist of: a Board Member (BM), an Alternate Board Member (ABM), a Treasurer, committee members who are delegation members and a non-voting Communications Focal Point (CFP).
Dr. Edona DevaMember of Delegation Leadership Team
Allan MalecheAudit and Finance Committee Member and Leadership Team
Dr. Andriy KlepikovBoard Member
Dr. Carolyn GomesAlternate Board Member
Lesley OdendalConstituency Focal Point
Loretta WongDelegation Member
Dr. Hristijan JankuloskiDelegation Member
Dr. Jorge SaavedraDelegation Member
Morgane AhmarDelegation Member
Berry Didier NibogoraDelegation Member
Sonal MehtaDelegation Member
Gaj GurungDelegation Member
Bikas GurungDelegation Member
Haruna Aaron SundayDelegation Member
Dr. Edona Deva
Edona is a Medical Doctor, a public health specialist and Master of Health Management with over twelve years of experience in planning, coordination, and program management. She has vast knowledge in HIV and AIDS at various levels of the response.
From 2003-2008 she coordinated a multi-sectorial national response working as a National AIDS Coordinator; contributing to the development of the National AIDS Program by mobilizing national and international resources to ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care services.
Edona has played a key role in the initiation of HIV treatment and care services in Kosovo by ensuring a sustainable and steady allocation for the ART and HIV reference lab, from the government budget. Her efforts to set up a local NGO to work with people affected by the disease resulted in the establishment of Kosovo Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS, and the first community center for PLHIV Care. In a very conventional and conservative political setting, she strongly advocated the initiation of harm-reduction and OST programs for PWID.
Edona has a long-standing expertise in Global Fund processes having served as PR, supported national grant writing process and serving on the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). In 2008, she began her service as a Global Fund HIV Program Manager. A position she holds today.
Edona joined Community Development Fund in 2011. She’s also a member of Kosovo AIDS Committee and National Anti-drug Commission. She has extensive experience engaging with partners at national, regional and international levels, including governments, UN agencies, civil society and multilateral donor agencies.
Edona is not only a strong leader in national HIV programs, but has proven capability in working in post-war, transitional, as well as in socially diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural settings. Edona is a strong human rights advocate and fights daily against stigma and discrimination towards socially marginalized groups and people affected by the three diseases.
Edona is the HIV Program Manager for Kosovo at the Community Development Fund for the Global Fund programme.
Allan Maleche is the Board Member representing Developing County NGOs on the Global Fund Board.
He is a dynamic thought leader in the field of global health governance, with over a decade of experience in promoting ethical, human rights-based approaches to health planning, programming and service delivery. His work has substantively focused on HIV and tuberculosis in Kenya. He has served as Chair of the Implementers Group of the Global Fund Board, which represents ten diverse government and civil society constituencies.
He is the founding Executive Director of Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN). In 2016, he was named Kenya’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
On the Global Fund Board, as Chair of the Implementers Group (2015-2017), Allan has woven together the diverse ten constituencies of the Implementers Group to develop a set of shared priorities, strengthen internal governance and communications among constituencies, and collectively produced a roadmap that tackles important issues, including: absorptive capacity, sustainability & transition, and human rights & gender equality. He has championed the Global Fund replenishment process in Kenya and globally
As an implementer, in a developing country KELIN under the leadership of Allan has provided technical assistance for the Global Fund on community, rights and gender, and has provided technical support in Kenya and South Sudan, conducting legal environment assessments and identifying measures to mitigate human rights risks to Global Fund-financed programs. KELIN is part of a regional grant from the Global Fund which focuses on removing legal barriers to access services by key populations in HIV and TB in 10 African Countries.
In Kenya, Allan has used the legal framework to safeguard the rights of communities affected by HIV & TB through litigating landmark cases, including Daniel Ng’etich and Others v The Honourable Attorney General and Others, which successfully argued against incarceration of persons with tuberculosis as a public health measure; KELIN and Others v The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health and Others, which seeks to overturn a directive by the President requiring real-name registration of children living with HIV; and Petitions 605 and 606 of 2014 on forced and coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV. Since his appointment as executive director of KELIN in 2010. KELIN is now recognized globally for its work in advancing the rights of persons affected by HIV and tuberculosis.
Allan was instrumental in developing the Nairobi Strategy on TB and Human Rights in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership and the University of Chicago International Human Rights Clinic. The Strategy outlines a human rights-based framework for achieving the Global Plan to End TB 2016-2020. He has also been a leader in developing analysis of TB and human rights, by co-hosting the first workshops to raise awareness of TB with civil society, TB survivors and affected communities, and the judiciary in India and the African region.
As a two-time survivor of malaria himself, Allan is also a champion for the fight to reduce and eliminate malaria by building on progress, combining efforts and expanding investment in interventions that are proven to work.
A former fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Allan holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi, and a Diploma in Gender and Human Rights from Uppsala University. His research and writing has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Harvard Health and Human Rights journal, and Health Research and Policy Systems. Allan is frequently an invited speaker and is often sought out by press, with appearances on national television on such issues as accountability and transparency in African health sectors, effective devolution of health to county governments, the right to privacy in the context of HIV, and women’s health rights. In 2016, he was listed as one of the Top 40 under 40 men in Kenya’s Business Daily.
Dr. Andriy Klepikov
Andriy is a civil society dedicated and performance-driven top executive with over 20 years of innovative and ambitious leadership in HIV/TB, and broader health and human rights areas. His diverse and successful work experience includes international and local NGOs, donor and academia. Proven strengths in stakeholder relations, managing complexity and change, successful implementation of strategies and programs to achieve impact at a national scale and contributing to influencing policy landscape regionally and globally.
Andriy Klepikov is Executive director of the Alliance for Public Health (formerly known as International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine), one the largest HIV and TB focused NGOs in the Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Being its founding director, he is currently managing the organization with over 100 staff, implementing complex and comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care program as well as other programs aimed at fighting TB, HCV and other deceases. Managing portfolio includes nation-wide, regional and global projects funded by a number of international donors. In particular, Andriy’s organization serves as principal recipient of several programmes funded by the Global Fund.
Andriy is managing one of the largest harm reduction programmes globally in partnership with field-level NGOs reaching with services to over 200 000 people who inject drugs annually, he is leading scaling up opioid-substitution therapy program (the largest in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region), he runs growing TB program in Ukraine focusing on procuring and providing access to up-to-date diagnostics and MDR-TB treatment, he is leading advocacy efforts in access to Hepatitis C treatment.
Andriy received Ph.D. in philosophy in 1996 in Ukraine and did Post-Doctoral Studies & Research in Sociology being a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York in 1996-1997. In 2008, he successfully completed executive management education program International Masters in Practicing Management which was run jointly by the following universities / business schools: INSEAD (France); McGill University (Canada); India Institute of Management (Bangalore); Lancaster University (UK); Korean Development Institute and Japan Advanced Institute of Science & Technology.
He has been an elected member of the Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board since April 2013.
Dr. Carolyn Gomes
Dr. The Honourable, J. Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director of Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) since January 2014, has a distinguished record as a Human Rights advocate. As Executive Director of CVC Carolyn Gomes is its chief spokesperson helping to determine and drive its strategic direction, vision and work in policy analysis, advocacy and resource mobilization to support the scale up of services to vulnerable communities and to build capacity among the regional network of civil society actors. The CVC currently manages grants for and with numerous countries of the Caribbean.
A medical doctor since 1980, Carolyn worked in public and private medicine in Trinidad and Jamaica until 2002 when she gave up practice to work full time on issues of human rights. Prior to joining CVC Dr. Gomes was Executive Director of Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) a non-profit, Citizens’ Rights Action Group which she helped found in 1999, and led to become a nationally, regionally and internationally recognized organization advocating against State abuse of rights and strengthening legislative and other provisions for the protection of rights. Her work on human rights was recognized by the United Nations in 2008 and Jamaica in 2009, when she was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ). She is entitled to be styled as ‘the Honourable.’
Originally trained as a journalist, Lesley Odendal has worked in public health writing, HIV and TB activism and communications since 2007 for organisations such as UNAIDS, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), in roles such as research and policy, communications and advocacy.
Lesley has over seven years of working as a public health writer and communications specialist for organisations such as FHI360, ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, Networking HIV/AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA), the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, EOH, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and the Futures Group.
Her experience includes the production of Guidelines for the South African Department of Health’s, including the 2013-2017 Key Population Guidelines and the Prevention Strategy 2013-2017; Information, Education and Communication materials, such as technical toolkits, training toolkits and activist guides; film production and; rapporteuring.
Lesley also writes scientific and health journalism for publications such as NAM/aidsmap.com, the Mail & Guardian, IRIN, SA Positive Magazine, health-e.org.za, Spotlight and the InterPress Service.
Lesley also has experience in film production, including the South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) award-winning documentary (Best Short Documentary) and short public health awareness and advocacy clips.
Lesley is the recipient of the US National Institute of Health John E Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in Health Sciences Training Grant through the South African TB and AIDS Training (SATBAT) and was one of six people in the Health category of Mail & Guardian newspaper’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2010.
COUNTRY: SOUTH AFRICA
As the Director of Global Partnerships and Advocacy in AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Loretta is responsible for the development of AIDS advocacy strategy and identifying new partnerships for 33 countries around the world. Before joining the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Loretta was the Chief Executive of a Hong Kong based NGO, AIDS Concern, where she began solid experience in organisation management, including strategic planning and development, governance, programme development and management, financial management, human resources management, fundraising, NGO & government collaboration and stakeholder relationship.
Her current position as Board Member and previously Alternate Board Member (May 2011 to June 2013) in the Developing Country NGO Delegation to Board of The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has also enhanced her knowledge and handling of multi-lateral collaboration in aid-programmes on the national level. She specializes in the areas of governance reform, risk management and helps to ensur that the voices of civil society organisations in developing countries are heard at the global health policy-making level. In Nov 2013, she was elected as the Vice-chair of the Implementer Bloc of the Board of Global Fund, leading 10 implementer constituencies from developing countries.
Loretta has excellent interpersonal skills and strong leadership in organization and team settings. She has a positive mindset and is willing to learn new knowledge and skills. She is sensitive to the diverse needs of affected populations at country level and ready to defend their needs, human dignity and rights. She is strong in communication and can engage with people from all walks of life and diverse cultural backgrounds.
COUNTRY: HONG KONG
Dr. Hristijan Jankuloski
Hristijan brings to the Delegation over 15 years of management experience in the NGO sector on the national and international stage. In his capacity, as Executive Director of HOPS, Hristijan has provided sound leadership in strategic and programmatic planning, needs assessment, human resource management and financial planning, management and reporting for programs supporting marginalized populations including drug users and sexworkers.
In particular, Hristijan’s work has had focus on establishing, managing and scaling up harm reduction and HIV and TB prevention programs targeting vulnerable populations. To this end he has led capacity building programmes for professionals-medical doctors, social workers, psychologists, teachers and NGO members, within different projects for primary prevention of drug use; Harm Reduction; HIV/AIDS prevention; Health education, prevention of TB – including developing and delivering training courses for outreach workers. He has also drafted and co-created IEC materials, training materials and manuals.
Among his work, Hristijan has successfully advocated for the increased support and sustainability of harm reduction and HIV prevention programmes within his home state and across the global south. He is a member of National AIDS Commission and the National Commission for TB control in Macedonia. A seasoned professional in the developmental world, Hristijan has partnered with numerous multilaterals in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
He serves as a delegation member since September 2009; served as a Global Fund Board Member from April 2015 till May 2017; Executive Director Nominations Committee member from November 2016 till March 2017; Finance and Operational Performance Committee member from 2014 till 2016 and a delegation treasurer from 2013 till 2016.
Since 2012 he has chaired the CCM of the Republic of Macedonia.
COUNTRY: THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Dr. Jorge Saavedra
Jorge Saavedra is an HIV and AIDS physician, and internationally recognize human rights advocate. As previous head of CENSIDA, Dr. Saavedra led the successful effort to provide access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapy to all Mexican citizens living with HIV/AIDS through the national health system. Having joined the national HIV/AIDS program in 1997, Dr. Saavedra founded the first HIV/AIDS ambulatory care clinic in Mexico in 2000—the Clinica Condesa— now the largest HIV/AIDS provider in Mexico currently caring for 3,000 patients.
The Mexican government has now established fifty-two sites based on his successful model under the name CAPASITS. Jorge was also instrumental in bringing the XVII International AIDS Conference to Mexico City in 2008—the first time the conference had been held in a Latin American country. An outspoken advocate on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment issues, Jorge designed and led the first official government-approved media campaign to promote the use of condoms in Mexico. He has also been out front with regard to the need to address stigma, discrimination and homophobia in the fight against HIV/AIDS around the world.
Joining with AIDS Healthcare Foundation and a coalition of Mexican advocacy groups, Dr. Saavedra has been a key leader in the campaign to lower the cost of antiretroviral medications. His participation in recent successful lobbying efforts aimed at pharmaceutical companies and the Mexican government has resulted in increased access to lifesaving treatment for those in need. Dr. Saavedra received his medical degree from the National Autonomous The university of Mexico and earned Master degrees in both public health and health policy and management from Harvard University.
Morgane Ahmar is the Advocacy Officer, Association de Lutte Contre le Sida (ALCS) – Morocco. ALCS is a member of Coalition PLUS. Morgane Ahmar is an advocate on HIV/AIDS and human rights with ALCS, one of MENA’s leading community-based NGOs addressing HIV/AIDS. After pursuing political sciences studies and professional experiences in multilateral organizations, Morgane turned to public health and activism.
Over the past three years, Morgane has worked extensively on intellectual property and access to generic treatments in Morocco and middle-income countries, approaches to decriminalization of key populations, as well as implementation and scale-up of combination prevention and testing strategies in developing countries. She works in close cooperation with partner organizations in the MENA and WCA regions in accelerating the response in these two key areas.
In Morocco, Morgane led with ALCS successful efforts for the implementation of test and treat, the launch of a pilot PrEP project and access to generic dolutegravir. She’s engaged with the NGO delegation at the Board of UNITAID.
Berry Didier Nibogora
Berry Didier Nibogora works at the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) as the Law and Human Rights Advocacy Manager. Being a unique continental voice on HIV, and human rights for MSM & LGBT communities, AMSHeR offers a platform for exchange, capacity strengthening and advocacy. Berry’s work includes supporting human rights organisations to document and respond to human rights violations and undertake evidence-based advocacy and home-grown strategies that speak to the lived realities of MSM/LGBT persons in Africa. Through HIV and human rights lens, Berry’s work advances non-discrimination and inclusion of key populations, particulary MSM, lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups in programmes and strategies in health, human rights and development at local, regional and global levels. He is based at AMSHer’s Senegal regional office, but works and provides support across the region.
A Human Rights Lawyer with 10 years’ experience of activism, Berry previous work included designing and implementing advocacy and training curriculum, providing legal aid and conflict resolution through mediation for refugees, IDPs and the youth in Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo. Before joining AMSHeR, Berry was a lecturer of law at University of Burundi and other universities in Bujumbura. He holds an LLB in Law from University of Burundi and a Master’s degree (LL.M) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights.
COUNTRY: SENEGAL and SOUTH AFRICA
Sonal became the Chief Executive of Alliance India in October 2016, after serving in the capacity of Director Programmes and Policy in the organisations for nine years.
With three decades of experience in sexual health and development, Sonal guides Alliance India’s mission of community action for ending AIDS with a lot of programmatic experience and management smartness. Before joining Alliance India, Sonal was Challenge Fund Manager in the DFID programme that led to many path-breaking interventions in India including brining oral substitution therapy for people who inject drugs. Prior to that she worked with organisations in India including NACO, Gujarat SACS, CHETNA and SEWA, as well as with the Pacific Institute of Women’s Health in Los Angeles, USA.
Sonal has a Master of Social Work from the Faculty of Social Work, Vadodara, Gujarat. In a stride to continue learning, she completed her International Masters in Practicing Management from McGill and is pursuing Masters in Science in International Management from Lancaster, UK.
Gaj is an emerging development practitioner from Nepal. In his young career, he has gained substantive experience and exposure working with young people, adolescents, key population programming in context of HIV response as well as in gender equality at national, regional (Asia and the Pacific) and the global level working with Developing Country NGO Delegation to the board of Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Mr. Gurung has led and represented the voice of national and Asian youth and key populations in many high-level delegations and international platforms. As a recent postgraduate student, Gaj boasts a Master’s degree in development studies with distinction. This youth activist is a technical expert with skills in conceptualising, designing, planning, implementing and monitoring human development programs, including in the area of social development.
Gaj is a staunch believer that social, ecological and economic development should complement each other to gain sustainable development. Undoubtedly, he has proven is committed to the cause of human development and empowerment. “The combination of local knowledge from local community and professional expertise and knowledge can yield best synthesis for development.”
COUNTRY: THAILAND and NEPAL
Bikas Gurung is a pro-drug user rights activist. As a person dependent on drugs, he is dedicated to the right to self-determination in any individual’s decision to use drugs – recreationally and dependently without any criminal sanctions or coerced treatment. He received his Master’s degree in Public Health from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2015 and in a short period of time, has become one of the young leaders for drug policy reform and harm reduction among drug using communities in the Asian region. He is also a photographer and a filmmaker at heart. One of his early documentary films about issues of young people who use drugs in Nepal got him ‘The Best Film Award’ at the 2013 Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. He currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand and has been involved (full time) as Program & Communication Manager at the regional office of the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD).
Few groups and committees that Bikas has been a member of/representing at are the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC); United Nations Strategic Advisory Group on drug use and HIV; UNODC Civil Society Group on drug use and HIV (as alternate); and other Asia-Pacific regional forums.
Some of the major works that Bikas has led, managed, authored or developed while performing his role at ANPUD, such as advocacy campaigns, events, blogs, reports, and documentaries can be found on the official website of ANPUD. You can find external links to ANPUD YouTube Channel, ANPUD event sites and social media accounts in this same link: http://www.anpud.org
Haruna Aaron Sunday
Haruna Aaron Sunday is a 25 year old young person who hails from Kaduna State, Nigeria. Aaron (his preferred name) is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of youth voices in all HIV, TB and malaria programming. He is the Founder and Executive Director of African Network of Adolescents and Young Persons Development(ANAYD) and is a member of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for Kaduna State where he serves as the youth representative an interface to provide strategic guide for programming on northern Nigerian young people. He is also the West Africa’s Board Representative of African Young Positive Network (AY+) , West Africa Advisory Board Representative for African Young Leaders Forum, West Africa regional Representative of Patience Alliance Advocacy Manchester London UK, Director on Diaspora and External Affairs for African Youth For Development Commission (AYDEC), United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria ALL In to End Adolescents AIDs Champion, Co-Board Chair of the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) Youth Advisory Group, Kaduna State Program Manager of Association of Positive Youth Living with HIV in Nigeria (APYIN) and the Kaduna State Vice Chairman of Nigerian Youth Organization (NYO).
Aaron is passionate about the socio-economic development, empowerment, provision of quality youth friendly health services and the protection of the rights of adolescents and young people and working in the areas of health, governance, empowerment, education, entertainment, Information Communication Technology (ICT) for adolescents, young people and youth.