ITPC is governed by a 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. Our global staff functions as a coordinating team to provide support and guidance to our regional networks and strategic partner organizations for their advocacy and program implementation. The majority of the global team works virtually, with several staff located in the Global South.
ITPC Global Staff is responsible for carrying out and managing day-to-day operations and for coordinating implementation of the operational plan. The staff work closely with regional networks to strengthen coordination, finance administration, fundraising, small grants and advocacy activities, research and monitoring, and communications systems. In addition to full-time staff, ITPC depends on consultants and volunteers that have supported its work over the past decade.
Solange Baptiste,Executive Director
Solange Baptiste is ITPC's Executive Director, leading the global team to deliver our mission to enable people in need, to access optimal and affordable HIV treatment. Formerly Solange was ITPC's Global Programs and Advocacy Director, where her work included technical support on treatment access knowledge building, health financing, community accountability projects, global advocacy and small grants. Solange brings over 12 years of global program management, monitoring and evaluation experience to ITPC. Previously she worked at John Snow Inc. on USAID health and development projects across Africa and Asia allowing her to gain a depth of knowledge in maternal and infant health issues in Ukraine. Solange has a master's degree in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and has worked in several countries, including Pakistan, Tanzania, South Africa, and her native Trinidad.
Wame Mosime, Director of Global Programs and Advocacy
Wame Mosime is the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) Director of Global Programs and Advocacy. This role oversees and leads all of ITPC’s programs; including our two main campaigns Make Medicines Affordable and Be Healthy – Know Your Viral Load. Wame has a wide range of experience in health related programming from Africa, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. She has managed and implemented health-programs at regional/multi-country and national level, and worked across different sectors & industries. Her wide range of expertise includes resource mobilization, policy development, advocacy, community dialogue, as well as community & health systems strengthening, and costing analysis. Wame has led HIV projects funded by USAID / PEPFAR, DFID and EU. She brings to the table a passion for implementing programs focused on scaling up health interventions, developing innovative practices to engage to the participation of non-conventional partners in the HIV-response, and promoting increased access of health services amongst populations / communities most in need of services.
Bactrin Killingo, Treatment Knowledge & Research Lead
Bactrin, who is a medical doctor by training, has been involved in community HIV treatment education and advocacy for the past 10 years. As a palliative care practitioner, Dr. Killingo has been involved with resource poor communities facing insurmountable challenges with regard to access to essential HIV medicines and has mobilized communities to advocate for increased access to HIV related services. In addition, he has been instrumental in empowering communities with the knowledge and skills needed to mobilize resources and take charge not only of the small projects they run but also of their own health. Dr. Killingo is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya and is the lead on the Treatment and Knowledge Program that serves the needs of PLHIV communities and key affected populations. He is a graduate of medicine at Moi University School of Medicine based in his native Kenya and holds a postgraduate diploma in Palliative Medicine from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Alain Manoun,Community Treatment Monitoring Project Director
Alain is ITPC’s Community Treatment Monitoring Project Director. Alain brings 25 years of extensive experience in the international development sector and has been involved in the HIV response for around two decades. Alain’s areas of expertise include HIV and health programing, leadership and program management, program analysis and evaluation, Alain has worked for the United Nations programs, the NGO sector and governments. Before joining ITPC, Alain worked for International HIV/AIDS Alliance as Regional Manager for Africa. See more here. He has a Master Degree in Geography with a specialization in Populations Study from the National University of Cote d’Ivoire, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Practice and Responsibility from Lancaster University.
Othoman Mellouk, Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines Lead
Othoman, an orthodontist by profession, currently leads ITPC’s works on overcoming intellectual property-related barriers to access to medicines. Before joining ITPC, he worked for the Association de Lutte Contre le Sida (ALCS) in Morocco, where he participated in the development of the first prevention program targeting men having sex with men in MENA. From 2002 to 2010 he was the chair of the Marrakech city branch of ALCS, and was in charge of international relations of ALCS. He is one of the most active advocates for access to treatment in the MENA region with a particular focus on the question of intellectual property rights and their effect on access to treatment. He has published several articles and reports about access to medicines in Morocco and the MENA region and has been involved in research on monitoring access to treatment progress with the Treatment Monitoring and Advocacy Project of ITPC.
Trisa Taro, Program Officer
Trisa is a graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Institute of Human Nutrition and the University of Southern California’s Master of Public Health Program. Before joining ITPC, she worked in the global health sphere with organizations such as the Uganda Village Project, Operation Smile, International Medical Corps and the World Health Organization.
Pedro Garcia, Monitoring & Evaluation and Research Manager
Pedro Garcia is ITPC’s Monitoring & Evaluation and Research Manager. This role supports project-specific work across ITPC’s community research and monitoring initiatives, to inform policy and advocacy at global and regional levels. With an MA degree from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po), Pedro has led development projects funded by the Mairie de Paris and the Global Fund via the 5% Initiative. Prior to joining ITPC, he worked at Sida Info Service, where he managed a multi-country program for HIV prevention in West and Central Africa, and served as a Research Assistant for the Regional Bureau of Latin America at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Pedro is passionate about global health, human rights and social movements, and in 2016, he taught a class on gender and sexuality at Science Po Paris. Originally from Mexico, he is currently based in Côte d’Ivoire but travels frequently around the globe.
Elizabeth Tejada, Director of Finance and Administration
Elizabeth joined ITPC as the Director of Finance and Administration in December 2012. A graduate of business administration from Baruch College/CUNY, Elizabeth brings more than 15 years of senior finance and administration management, strong financial expertise and oversight, hands-on experience, and significant experience in organizations committed to grassroots organizing, activism, health, HIV/AIDS, and key affected populations. Prior to joining ITPC, Elizabeth served as Deputy Director for Finance and Administration of Job Path, where she brought the agency up-to-date in its annual fiscal reporting and compliance requirements with various NY State and City government agencies, played a key role in bringing the organization’s budget into surplus, and facilitated procurement of increased funding. She also served as Controller of the Asian-Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) where she assisted in the set-up of its primary care clinic to address the unmet HIV/AIDS-related needs of the Asians and Pacific Islanders in New York City.
Julia Powell, Strategic Communications Lead
Julia leads the design, coordination and implementation of communications strategies to advance ITPC’s goals. Julia also provides support and training to build communications and advocacy capacity amongst ITPC’s networks and community organisations. She has extensive communications and campaigns experience in the international development sector. As a senior manager and consultant she has worked for organisations such as Fairtrade International, International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Code of Good Practice for NGOs Responding to HIV/AIDS) and UNICEF. She has two Masters, the most recent, an MSc in Communications for Innovation and Development (passed with distinction) from the University of Reading.
Alim El Gaddari, Programs Director of ITPC Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
Alim El Gaddari, psychologist and sexologist by training, is the new Advocacy and Programs Director for ITPC MENA. Alim has worked in HIV programming in France for 15 years. Before joining ITPC-MENA he was in charge of International Programs at Sida Info Service, a French organization. During this time, Alim successfully managed several HIV-related programs in sub-saharan Africa. He worked in collaboration with several partners and donors such as UNICEF, UNAIDS, the European Union, the City of Paris and France Expertise. The projects he was responsible for were all focused on West, Central and Northern Africa.
Alma de Leon, Regional Director of ITPC Latin America
Alma is a longstanding HIV positive activist working in the local, national, and international arenas since 2004, who also has served with sister networks such as Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Red Centroamericana de Personas con VIH (REDCA+), and Red Latinoamericana de Personas con VIH (RedLA+). As a focal point of Guatemala she contributed to developing the country’s successful proposal to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria. Among other achievements, ITPC Latin America under Ms. de León’s leadership in 2011 began developing six committees to work as monitoring systems, or observatories, in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru; and subsequently published a groundbreaking new comparative study of HIV drug pricing in the six target countries. Her academic training includes administration and management.
Loon Gangte, Regional Coordinator of ITPC South Asia
Loon as been involved with ITPC since 2006. He also serves as Founder and Treasurer of the Delhi Network of HIV Positive People (DNP+) – a support group for individuals who are HIV positive that actively lobbies for treatment access and also provides services such as counseling and support to the community. Mr. Gangte has helped ITPC and DNP+ play a leading role in resisting free trade agreements that threaten production of affordable, generic HIV medications in India, which produces 80% of the world’s supply of generic drugs and he has stewarded the distribution of nearly $800,000 to more than 70 organizations in five countries in South Asia since 2005. Prior to ITPC and DNP+, he worked for a number of years in Sahara Michael’s Care Home as a counselor, outreach worker, coordinator, and project manager. As an outspoken activist on treatment access, a talented public speaker, and a strong advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the region, Mr. Gangte has participated in several community research projects focused on the greater involvement of people with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) and barriers to treatment. In 2008, he addressed the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in New York during the Civil Society Hearing on HIV treatment access; and in 2012 DNP+, under his leadership, won the UNAIDS Red Ribbon Award during the International AIDS Conference. At the 2013 Harm Reduction International Conference, Mr. Gangte was awarded the Carol and Travis Jenkins Award for his contributions to reducing drug related harm.
Rose Kaberia, Regional Director of ITPC East Africa
As a longstanding HIV positive community activist, Rose has undertaken a wide range of trainings from business management to social and community development for more than ten years. Under her leadership, ITPC-EA has, since its inception, distributed more than $1 million to nearly 100 organizations in nine countries; become the first of ITPC’s regional networks to register independently as an NGO; and expanded the “Pills Check” campaign, which was piloted by ITPC-EA grantee Kamuli Young Positives, and which trains members of the network to monitor and document drug stock-outs in six countries in the region. Ms. Kaberia’s professional background is in social work and her particular areas of expertise include monitoring and evaluation, public health administration, and HIV. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Grigoriy Vergus, Regional Coordinator of ITPCru
Grigoriy has been working with ITPC's grantmaking program since 2005, and manages a small staff that spearheaded the establishment of the St. Petersburg-based ITPCru. A winner of the 2010 Red Ribbon Award from UNAIDS, ITPCru’s accomplishments include distribution of nearly $1.4 million in grants to nearly 140 organizations in 15 countries from 2005 to 2011; and development of the pre-eminent regional listserv on HIV treatment access, reaching 850 activists in more than 15 countries. Starting in 2001, he worked in the Department of the Municipal Narcological Hospital as a counselor on issues relating to drug dependence. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Vergus managed a project that provided social support services for intravenous drug users and PLWHA at the Drug Abuse Prevention Center in Saint Petersburg. He holds a diploma degree in Sociology from Saint Petersburg State University and a graduate degree in Psychology at the Russian State Pedagogical University.