An Advisory Council for Pacific Friends has been established to oversee its administration and direction. The Advisory Council comprises of the following people.
|Professor Janice Reid AC, Chair
Professor Reid was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney from 1998 to 2013. She has served on the Federal Higher Education Council, the Executive of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Federal Council for Australia-Latin America Relations and the 2002 Federal Higher Education Review Reference Group. She has served on research and fellowship committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Trust and Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and as Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare from 1995 to 2001. She chaired the national review of nursing education in Australia in 1994 and has been a member of the boards of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and Agency for Clinical Innovation, public agencies charged with promoting safety and quality in health care. In 2013 she was appointed to the state advisory council of St Vincent’s Hospital (NSW). In 2015 Professor Reid was made a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) for “eminent service to the tertiary education sector through executive roles, as an advocate for equitable access to educational opportunities, particularly for Indigenous, refugee and lower socio-economic communities, and to health, medical and health care research and cultural bodies”.
|Mr Bill Bowtell AO, Executive Director
Bill Bowtell is a strategic policy adviser, with particular interest in national and international health policy structures and reform. He trained as a diplomat, with postings in Portugal, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe. As senior adviser to the Australian health minister, Bill Bowtell played a significant role in the introduction of the Medicare health insurance system in 1984. He was an architect of Australia’s successful and well-regarded response to HIV/AIDS. Between 1994 and 1996, Bill Bowtell was senior political adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia. He maintains a close interest in the potential impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the other communicable diseases, on the social, economic and political development of the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2005, Bill was Director of the HIV/AIDS Project at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and, since 2009, the Executive Director of Pacific Friends of the Global Fund. Pacific Friends is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In these positions, he has sought to increase knowledge and awareness of the challenges posed globally, and to the Pacific region, by the three diseases. He has written and broadcast extensively on these subjects and participated in many international and Australian conferences and seminars especially in relation to HIV/AIDS.
|Ms Helen Evans
Helen Evans is an expert in public health and development and social policy with a special focus on infectious diseases. She has been involved in the work of a range of key international health and development organisations. Based in Geneva from 2005 until her retirement in 2014 Ms Evans worked as Deputy CEO at two of the largest, most exciting and innovative public private partnerships in global health. Now based in Melbourne Ms Evans has an honorary appointment as Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne and is a board member of the Burnet Institute
|Professor David Cooper AO
Professor Cooper Scientia Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), is Director of the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society. He is also a consultant physician to the HIV/immunology infectious diseases clinical services unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Internationally, Professor Cooper is recognised as a leading HIV clinician and clinical investigator. He is a past President of the International AIDS Society and past Chairman of the World Health Organisation-UNAIDS HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC). He is a Director of HIV-NAT, a clinical research and trials collaboration based at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre at the Chulalongkorn University Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. He is actively involved in studies of biomedical prevention and therapeutic optimisation strategies for HIV infection in the developing world. Professor Cooper was awarded the Sir William Upjohn Medal for services to medicine in Australia for 2008. This medal is awarded every five years by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Melbourne. Professor Cooper also received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal College of Physicians in Thailand in April 2012 and became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science (FAHMS) in December 2014. In February 2015 at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Professor Cooper presented the N’Galy-Mann Lecture. In 2012 Professor Cooper became a member of the WHO HIV Guidelines Committee. He is a past President of the International AIDS Society (IAS). He is an author on more than 800 published scientific papers and is on the editorial boards of several international journals.
|Professor Sharon Lewin
Sharon Lewin is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist. She is Director of The Doherty Institute. Sharon is also Director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at The Alfred; Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. Sharon completed her medical training at Monash University, followed by a PhD in virology at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, The Rockefeller University in New York. Sharon currently heads a research laboratory that aims to understand why HIV and hepatitis B virus persist and evade the immune system with the goal of finding a cure for HIV. She is the immediate past president of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine and is currently a member of the Ministerial Advisory Board on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), the peak advisory body to the Health Minister on matters related to HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs. She was the co-chair of the International AIDS Conference, the major international conference for HIV, which was held in Melbourne 2014.
|Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
The Honourable Michael Kirby retired in February 2009 as one of the seven Justices of the High Court of Australia, the nation’s highest court. At the time of his retirement, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judicial officer. In 1991 Michael Kirby was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal. He has taken an active part in international bodies including the World Health Organisation, UNAIDS, UNDP, ILO, UNODC, UNESCO, OECD and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He presently serves on the UNAIDS Global Reference Panel on AIDS and Human Rights. In November 2008, he was nominated by the Internal Justice Council of the United Nations for election by the General Assembly to be a Judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal. In January 2009, he was nominated by the Executive Council as counsellor to the Council of the American Society of International Law.
|Ms Annmaree O’Keeffe AM
Annmaree O’Keeffe is a research fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and also works as a strategic adviser with CRCI in Ottawa, Canada on international issues affecting indigenous peoples. Previously with AusAID from 1986 to 2009, her various positions included Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Deputy Director General. She has served as Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal and was Minister-Counsellor for Development Assistance in Papua New Guinea. Before joining AusAID, Annmaree worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross as their international editor based initially in Bangkok and then Geneva. Annmaree is a founding board member of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition for AIDS and is a jury member for the University of Queensland’s annual International Communications and Change Award. She has a Masters in Asian Studies from Griffith University and an undergraduate degree from University of Queensland in journalism and economics.
|Dr Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom
Tim is the Head of Public Relations and Performance at the Oil Search Foundation in Papua New Guinea. Based in Sydney, he is responsible for managing the reputation of the Foundation and maintaining solid monitoring and evaluation systems to measure its performance and development outcomes. Tim was Program Coordinator for Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria based in Sydney from 2009 to 2013. At Pacific Friends of the Global Fund he contributed to high‐level engagement strategies for the Global Fund to enhance the multilateral financing mechanism’s leverage with the Australian Government to mobilise resources. He holds a PhD in International Security from the University of Sydney on the topic of ‘Food security’, a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney, a Master’s degree in Public International Law from Utrecht University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Utrecht University. Tim completed his doctorate in 2013 at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney. His thesis framed the theoretical concept of ‘food as security’ and explored the praxis of food and conflict in relation to foreign agricultural investments.
|Mr Don Baxter AM
Don Baxter AM was involved with Australia’s response to HIV since the beginning of the epidemic and took a key role in the global fight against HIV and AIDS, in helping to establish the Global Forum on MSM and HIV and since 2011, acting as a Board member of the Global Fund on AIDS, TB and Malaria. Do is Founding Co-Chair of Global Forum on MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) & HIV (2006 – ) and Board Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations (2005 – ). Between 1985 and 1997, Don as an Executive Committee member of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and Executive Director from 2001 to 2011. He was previously Executive Director of ACON, AIDS Council of New South Wales (1990-1996) and founding board member (1984-88), President (1987-88) and Deputy Director & Education Programs Manager (1988-1990)
|Lady Roslyn Morauta
Roslyn Morauta has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea since 1982. Prior to that, she worked in publishing in England, taught Politics at the University of Ghana, the Australian National University and Queensland University, and worked as a research officer in the Defence Department in Canberra and for the Australian Social Welfare Commission. In Papua New Guinea she has worked for the National Planning Office and the Department of Finance and Treasury (through the United Nations Development Programme), undertaken consultancy management with Coopers & Lybrand, and now acts as manager of Morauta family business interests. Roslyn is Chair of the Papua New Guinea Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the PNG Alliance of Civil Society Organisations Against HIV/AIDS. Other board and committee memberships include the PNG National AIDS Council, the Asia-Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV/AIDS, Anglicare (PNG) and the PNG Maritime College Board.
|Mr Murray Proctor
Murray Proctor was Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS from December 2007 to October 2012. The role of HIV/AIDS Ambassador encourages political, business and community leaders in the Asian Pacific region to provide the direction and support needed to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS and reduce the suffering it causes. With more than 25 years experience in aid and development, Murray has made a great contribution to furthering cooperation with Australia’s regional partners in advancing the fight against HIV/AIDS. Murray was previously Deputy Director General of the Program Enabling Division, Deputy Director General of AusAID’s Asia Division, and before that managed the AusAID Office of Review and Evaluation and Australia’s aid program to PNG. He worked from 1999 to 2001 at the World Bank on East Timor reconstruction and public sector reform. He holds degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of Queensland and Australian National University respectively.