ITPC is governed by a seven-member Global Board comprised of people who are living with HIV, who identify with key population groups, who reside in the regions where we work, and who possess a range of relevant skills from governance and resource mobilization to advocacy. The Board – which meets once every three months – has oversight over all ITPC’s strategic decisions and works closely with the Executive Director to ensure that ITPC fulfils its mandate to ensure quality treatment access for all people in need.
Meet our board members below:
ITPC Board Chair
A founding member of ITPC, Gregg Gonsalves is Chair of our Global Board. Gregg is a co-director of the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership, an initiative of the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health. Gregg has been a leading HIV/AIDS activist for more than three decades. He started his work as an activist with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP) and co-founded the Treatment Action Group in 1992. Gregg also worked at Gay Men’s Health Crisis as Director of Treatment and Prevention Advocacy where his efforts focused on both the United States and the global South. He relocated to South Africa in 2006, where Gregg served with the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, in Cape Town, and where he started a regional program on scientific literacy and community mobilization around HIV and TB treatment. Gregg was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the John M Lloyd AIDS Leadership Award in 2008, in recognition of his creative and compassionate vision for eradicating HIV/AIDS.
ITPC Board Vice Chair
Ava Avalos is an HIV specialist physician who has been living and working in Botswana for the past 14 years. She has extensive clinical, research, policy, and programmatic experience, serving as the Clinical Advisor to the Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care in the Botswana Ministry of Health for many years. Her area of clinical research and expertise focuses on HIV and TB drug resistance. Ava serves as the Chair of the University of Botswana Institutional Review Board, and as a member of the Health Research and Development Committee at the Ministry of Health. She is a leading member of the Botswana TB and HIV Clinical Care Guidelines Committee and technical advisor for costing and drug forecasting within the Ministry. Ava now directs her own medical practice and consultancy business in Gaborone, working closely with the UNAIDS country team. Having completed her education in dance and physiological science before studying medicine, Ava continues to teach dance and yoga to both children and adults.
Polokoetsile (Pedro) Motau
ITPC Board Treasurer
Polokoetsile (Pedro) Motau is a part-qualified (ACCA) accountant and has been teaching Auditing and Investigations, and Accountancy and Taxation at the University of Botswana for the past 24 years. During this time he acted as Head of Department of Accounting and Finance in the Faculty of Business. He served the University in many other roles such as Chairperson of Departmental Disciplinary Committee and Research Seminar Coordinator. Pedro has, and continues to serve external organizations in various professional capacities and has received accolades in respect of his distinguished and dedicated service to such organizations. Pedro has previously served as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Botswana Network of Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA). Currently Pedro is Chairman of the Board of Directors of a state owned enterprise while he sits on the Board of a Holding company, of a group of companies. He is an accredited Botswana Qualifications Authority Trainer with recognized and specific expertise in Taxation, Financial Accounting and Management, Corporate Governance and Business Policy.
Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Gumede
ITPC Board Member
Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Gumede is a development professional with over 20 years of experience in program and project management, corporate governance and community development. Her areas of expertise include participatory methodologies, research, monitoring and evaluation, enterprise development, women and youth empowerment and business development. Mpumi has worked in South African government departments, state owned entities, as well as universities. She has supported non-governmental organizations and community based organizations on public employment programs that were rolled out by the South African government. Currently, Mpumi is an independent consultant, supporting small, medium and micro-sized enterprises and cooperatives in project development and management, capacity building and resource mobilization.
ITPC Board Member
Jarasa is a Senior Manager with the Monitor Institute – a part of Deloitte’s social impact practice – where she partners with mission-driven organizations and their leaders on issues of strategy and social innovation. She brings over fifteen years of experience as a strategist and implementer to her clients in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Monitor Institute, Jarasa was a consultant with Monitor Group, a well-known international strategy consulting firm. She advised corporate clients on a range of strategy and implementation issues (from marketing and growth strategy to organizational design and leadership development). Jarasa spent her childhood years in Los Angeles and Bangkok, where she learned English, Thai, and Spanish. She now lives in Boston with her husband and two children. Jarasa graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an AB in English and pre-medical studies, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
ITPC Board Member
Karyn is the Exeuctive Director of Asia Catalyst, an organization that supports civil society development and empowerment and advances the right to health for marginalized groups in Asia through tailored capacity building, research, and advocacy. Kaplan has over three decades of experience working as a health and human rights activist in Asia. She is the co-founder of the Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group and supported the creation of the Thai Drug Users’ Network. Kaplan has also worked at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and the Treatment Action Group. She is the recipient of the 2009 John M. Lloyd Foundation HIV/AIDS Leadership Award, the Health GAP Founders Award and recent Open Society Foundations New Director’s Fund.
Nathaniel (Nate) Wong
ITPC Board Member
Nate is the Managing Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, a leading experiential hub to incubate emergent ideas in the social impact space, housed at Georgetown University. As Managing Director, Nate manages the day-to-day operations of the Beeck Center, helping to mobilize talent for social impact at scale, connecting students of all ages with leading-edge thought leaders. Nate helped launch and direct two social impact units at Deloitte Consulting and more recently at Boston Consulting Group’s non-profit, the Centre for Public Impact in the US. He has spoken and conducted research on the connection between social impact and talent development. Nate has advised over 50 social entrepreneurs through his pioneering work with Halcyon, a premier social enterprise incubator in DC, and has served as a mentor with Obama’s flagship Young African Leaders Initiative and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative with the State Department. Nate serves as a Fellow at the Centre for Public Impact, a foundation of Boston Consulting Group.