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 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.
Francisco Rossi Buenaventura
Francisco Rossi Buenaventura is a physician and epidemiologist working in public health, health reforms, and regulatory issues, particularly with regard to pharmaceuticals. Francisco works as an international consultant for multilateral agencies, such as the World Health Organization, and also for the European Union. Since 2000, he has been a member of the NGO’s alliance for the follow up of trade negotiations and Intellectual Property Rights on pharmaceuticals. He is also an adviser to the Ministry of Social Protection of Colombia, and a representative in the government team for the FTA-USA negotiations on intellectual property rights in medicines. Francisco has served as a delegate from Colombia in the Andean Negotiations on HIV/AIDS drugs in 2003; as Ministry of Health adviser with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the negotiation of the FTA between Andean countries and the United States from 2004 to 2007; and coordinator of the intellectual property and access to HIV medicines project of UNDP in Brazil from 2004 to 2007. Currently Francisco is director of IFARMA Foundation, one of the organizations involved in a compulsory license application for Kaletra in 2008.
Lucy Chesire is the Executive Director and Secretary to the board of Tuberculosis Advocacy Consortium, an organization founded in 2008 by a group of patients living with tuberculosis (TB) and/or HIV in Kenya. Lucy is a leading and internationally known civil society advocate who has been on the forefront advancing the TB and HIV agendas globally. She is a Clinical Nutritionist by profession, with a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from Egerton University. While working for Advocacy to Control TB Internationally, she successfully lobbied the World Bank to fund a US$63 million project currently being implemented in five African countries with the aim to strengthen laboratory services in the region. Lucy served as the first patient representative on the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board, an advisor on UNITAID’s civil society team, a member of the community delegation to the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria. In 2007, Lucy was awarded the Karel Styblo – Public Health Award by the UNION and, in 2009 she became the first woman recipient of the KOCHON Prize by the Stop TB Partnership.
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.
Ben Plumley is Chief Executive Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS, an international non-profit technical cooperation and policy agency, specializing in HIV and infectious disease. Pangaea is based in Oakland California, and Harare Zimbabwe. Under Ben’s leadership, Pangaea has led global research and delivery strategies to improve the quality of HIV medicines for the Global South. It promotes rights based strategies for HIV testing, prevention and treatment – with a particular focus on marginalized populations most affected by HIV. Ben has extensive global health and development experience in the private and public sectors, including as Chief of Staff to the founding UNAIDS Executive Director, Peter Piot, and founding the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.
Following a career in marketing, John Rock has dedicated his time to the global HIV movement. John is Advisor to the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV, having served as a Board member and Australian representative. John helped implement an AusAID-funded capacity development program, working with Asia Pacific PLHIV networks for APN+ since 2008. Much of this work focuses on institutional strengthening and governance of the networks, as well as advocacy on treatment access issues, HIV, and the law. John also served as Asia Pacific Delegate to the NGO Delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, holding the ITPC seat between April 2013 and December 2014. During that time he got dialogue and action on Intellectual Property barriers to treatment access. John is Chair of the Board of Australians for Action on Poverty, a development NGO based in Sydney. John has been openly living with HIV since the early 1980s and passionately believes in the right to treatment for all who need it. His motivation stems from losing his partner before treatment was available, and also that his own life has been extended as a result of effective treatment.