AAI Board and Staff

AIDS Accountability International is governed by a board of trustees. To maintain the independence, impartiality and reliability of the foundation, AAI has adopted transparent and publicly available codes and policies.

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Board

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Rodrigo Garay, Founder AAI and Board Chair

Mr. Rodrigo Garay is the founder and Board Chair of AAI. Rodrigo is currently founder and Chairman of the board of the research foundation Aids Accountability International. Rodrigo is also the founder and CEO of Working For Change conference, Diversitas talent (both the leaders in increasing diversity in the Swedish workplace as a means better manage the demographic challenges and opportunities entailed by increased migration and cultural diversity.  Rodrigo was also the Executive Director of the World Infection Fund (WIF) based at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm,  International Competence (IK) and formerly the Chief Executive of the International AIDS Society. Born in Chile, Rodrigo moved to Sweden as a refugee as a child.

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Dr Sheila Tlou, Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition

Dr Tlou is a Botswana specialist in HIV/AIDS and women's health, and a nursing educator. She was Botswana's Minister of Health from 2004 to 2008. Dr Tlou is currently Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and is the former Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. Dr Tlou has received many national and International awards, among them the 2017 Christianne Reimann award (the highest honor in the nursing profession) and is the 2003 winner of the International Nightingale Medal (awarded to those distinguished in the nursing field).

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Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Executive Director, ARROW, Malaysia

Siva is currently Executive Director of ARROW, Malaysia and comes from a diverse range of work experiences: English Literature, Critical and Cultural Theory, teaching, magazine editor, writer. Siva joined ARROW first as a consultant on the IRRMA project findings titled ‘Rights and Realities’ and later as Programme Manager, Information and Communications. Siva is responsible for innovating and conceptualizing the ICPD+15 project at ARROW which now spans 22 partners in 12 countries. Siva is co-author of many works including “Cities, Chaos & Creativity: A Sourcebook for Communicators”, and “Agenda for Action: Action for Better Cities”. Siva was born in Malaysia.

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Carl-Olof Bouveng, Lindahl, Sweden

Carl-Olof was born in Sweden and has key expertise in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and insurance. Carl-Olof represents publicly and privately held companies as well as private equity sponsors in a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and tender offers. He also advises on capital market, corporate governance and general corporate matters, as well as regulatory issues in the insurance industry. Carl-Olof also represents a number of international NGOs. Carl-Olof Bouveng has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate/M&A and is a member of the New York State Bar.

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Staff

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Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, Executive Director

Ricki was born in Botswana and graduated with a BA in International Relations and Criminal Justice from Monash University. She is a passionate human rights advocate for trans people and communities. Some of her work involved regional research on trans populations in Africa and transgender human rights monitoring and reporting to regional and international human rights mechanisms such as the UN and the African Commission; Protection for the rights of transgender and gender variant persons on campuses. Ricki is also a co-founder of the Southern Africa Trans Forum (SATF). Contact: ricki [at] aidsaccountability.org

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Mampoi Mapeshoane, Intern

Mampoi was born in Lesotho and is currently an Intern at AIDS Accountability International. Mampoi holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Public Administration from The National University of Lesotho. She has volunteered at UNFPA Lesotho working on HIV/AIDS and here she developed an interest in public health. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University and is completing her Masters in HIV/AIDS Management at same. Mampoi is a feminist deeply concerned about HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence, LGBT people and is passionate about raising awareness of the challenges women face. She is also a member of PHASA (The Public Health Association of South Africa). Contact: mampoi [at] aidsaccountability.org

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Sheriff Mothopeng, Personal Assistant/Researcher

Sheriff Mothopeng is a gender non-conforming person, LGBTI activist and archaeologist by profession with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental History and Cultural Heritage from the National University of Lesotho and other certificates of achievements in Public Policy, Governance and Leadership and Marginalization, Exclusion and Inequality through OSISA. Sheriff has been working towards the elimination of discrimination and meaningful inclusion of LGBTQI identifying youth, produced two films, and on the global and Southern African region on trans rights. Sheriff is the first person to achieve legal name change and access gender-affirming surgery in Lesotho, thereby opening the door for others. Contact: Sheriff [at] aidsaccountability.org

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Lucinda van den Heever, Senior Researcher

Lucinda is a South African who has worked in the South African NGO sector for the past 13 years. As an African feminist and human rights advocate Lucinda’s passion and drive centres on gender, women’s human rights and sexual rights. Lucinda’s knowledge is grounded through reflecting together with local communities on rigid gender and sexuality norms and structural drivers which underpins gender based violence and gender inequality. Lucinda’s theoretical knowledge, research and writing skills was further expanded through taking up a Masters Degree in Gender and Development at Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University in England in 2008.  Contact: lucinda [at] aidsaccountability.org  

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Mats Ahnlund, Finance and Operations Director

Mats  is the current AAI Director for Finance & Operations, since January 2017. Before this he was the Deputy Executive Director of the International AIDS Society. He started his employment with the IAS as Conference Director in 2003, running one of the largest medical conferences, the International AIDS Conference, normally with 15.000-25.000 participants. Prior to this Mats was the Director of Member Services at the International Cooperative Alliance. Mats brings years of expertise on organisational management, as well as his roots as an activist to his work at AAI. He is 65 years old, of Swedish origin, living and working in Switzerland for international NGOs since 1992. Contact: mats [at] aidsaccountability.org

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Bob Mwiinga Munyati, Senior Researcher

Bob Mwiinga Munyati is a Zambian and a Senior Researcher at AIDS Accountability International (AAI) with an academic background in Demography and Economics from the University of Zambia and a Masters of Public Health from University of Cape Town. Bob has for the past 4 years managed the SRHR global and African regional commitments section of AAI’s work with particular focus on the Maputo Plan of Action, ICPD Beyond 2014 and Sustainable Development Goals. This work situates Bob as a researcher with a better understanding of the political context of SRHR in Africa but also empowers him to be a strategic negotiator for policy change. With almost 10 years of work experience, Bob has previously worked for Clinton Health Initiative Access, Population Services International, and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and Family Health International 360 in various research and programmatic portfolios in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Contact: bob [at] aidsaccountability.org

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Amr Awad, Senior Researcher

Amr Awad is medical doctor who holds master in epidemiology and population from the American University of Beirut. Amr has 14 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health area with special focus on monitoring, research and Evaluation. Before joining AAI, Amr worked as research and evaluation consultant for different international agencies like UNFPA, WHO, Save the children, Plan International, American Bar Association, Management Sciences for Health and ICFI. He also worked as staff with UNAIDS, UNWOMEN, USAID and African Union Commission. Amr also served as research instructor for Geneva foundation for medical education and Research. He was co-author in Cambridge press book "Public Health in the Arab World" and WHO study on youth risky behaviors in EMRO region. Contact: amr [at] aidsaccountability.org

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Alexandra Ciobîcă, Resource Mobilisation Assistant

Alexandra Ciobîcă is an International Relations specialist, and currently a Resource Mobilisation Assistant at AIDS Accountability International (AAI). She holds a MSSc in International and European Relations from Linköping University, and a BA in Political Science from University of Bucharest. Recently, she became a member of the United Nations Association of Sweden. Alexandra’s journey through the ‘sociological imagination’ of International Relations enabled her to develop a creative and critical thinking, thus complementing her dedication to equality and human rights, regardless skin pigmentation, religion, or any other socio-cultural affiliations. She is also particularly interested in gender-based violence research aimed at policy chance. On a more personal note, she was born in Bucharest and is passionate about fine arts. Contact: alexandra [at] aidsaccountability.org  

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Phillipa Tucker, Research and Communications Director

Phillipa Tucker is an European-African human rights activist with a focus on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Phil is the Research and Communications Director at AIDS Accountability International (AAI). At AAI she focusses on rights for sexually and gender diverse people, women, girls, prisoners and youth. Throughout her career Phillipa’s passion for ethical, inclusive and participatory research methodologies has resulted in needs-based, collaborative, high quality and useful research processes and outputs. Phillipa is at her happiest when she is allowed to develop innovative opportunities to merge her roots in pedagogy, community work, political theory and a desire for high design and accessible communication to improve access to human rights. Contact: phillipa [at] aidsaccountabilty.org  

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