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. The board has four members at present, and we have six full time staff members.
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.
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 & Realities’ and later as Programme Manager, Information & 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 “Reclaiming & Redefining Rights - ICPD+15: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Asia.”, “Cities, Chaos & Creativity: A Sourcebook for Communicators”, “Cities, Citizens & Civilisations: Frequently Asked Questions on Good Urban Governance” and “Agenda for Action: Action for Better Cities”. Siva was born in Malaysia.
Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, Executive Director, Gender Dynamix
Ricki was born in Gaborone, Botswana and graduated with a BA in International Relations and Criminal Justice from Monash University. She is a passionate human rights advocate for transgender and transsexual persons and communities; Human rights, diplomacy and social justice was the focus of her studies. 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 United Nations and the African Commission; Protection for the rights of transgender and gender variant persons on campuses; lead coordinator for a monumental regional situation analysis on trans persons and how their access to health care is affected and impacted by legislature and policies in six Southern African countries; Ricki is also a co-founder of new regional alliance called the Southern Africa Trans Forum (SATF).
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 is a recent Chair of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, and also admitted to practice in New York. Carl-Olof Bouveng has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate/M&A and is a member of the New York State Bar. Sources say he is "incredibly committed and commercial, with a great client focus."
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. Email: bob [at] aidsaccountability.org
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. Email: lucinda [at] aidsaccountability.org
Yumnah Hattas, Senior Researcher
Yumnah is a South African who studied Nursing at the University of Cape Town, and has since has both clinical as well as health activist research and advocacy work experience. Most recently Yumnah was managing a 12 country Pan African sexuality project for Save the Children. Prior to that she has worked in public health systems strengthening, and data collection and monitoring and evaluation on HIV in South Africa. Yumnah distinguishes herself as an experienced public health professional and development specialist. Yumnah’s experience ranges from working as a health professional within public service to working for national and international development agencies. These include the Gender Advocacy Programme (GAP), African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), and the US State Department for the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Email: yumnah [at] aidsaccountability.org
Ailsa Spindler, Resource Mobilisation Manager
An Irish citizen and a graduate of London University, Ailsa has spent most of her working life as a manager in the not-for-profit sector. She was the first Executive Director of ILGA-Europe, Director (Scotland) for the Terrence Higgins Trust, and Director of Organisational Development for the European Roma rights Centre. Her work has covered issues of sexual health, gender identity, equality and community activism. A member of the Institute of Fundraising, Ailsa brings a range of skills and experience which she is delighted to employ in a period of change and growth for AAI.
Mats Ahnlund, Finance and Operations Director
Mats is since January 2017 the AAI Director for Finance & Operations. 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. He is 65 years old, of Swedish origin, living and working in Switzerland for international NGOs since 1992.
Phillipa Tucker, Research and Communications Director
Phillipa Tucker is an European-African human rights activist with a focus on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights and malaria and is the Co-Founder and Research and Communications Director of 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 been incorporated into all her work since completing university, driving 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 amazing and accessible communication to improve access to human rights. Email: phillipa [at] aidsaccountability.org