Our Board

ITPC is governed by our Global Advisory Board, comprised of representatives 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 has responsibility for setting policies and providing strategic direction to the Global Team of ITPC. The Board has control and oversight of all ITPC major activities and financial issues, and decides on appointments of roles such as the Executive Director. The Board meets once every three months.


Gregg Gonsalves – Chair

A founding member of ITPC, Gregg Gonsalves is Chair of our Global Advisory 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.


Ava Avalos

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.


Mpumi Gumede

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.


Polokoetsile Pedro Motau

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.