Pacific Friends Staff

Mr Bill Bowtell AO, Executive Director
Bill 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.
Shawn Clackett - Administrative and Communications Mr Shawn Clackett, Operations Manager
Shawn is the Operations Manager and former Project Coordinator, Administrative and Communications Officer for Pacific Friends of the Global Fund. Between 2009 and 2012, Shawn Clackett worked as an analytical chemist in Canada before moving to Australia. Shawn has coordinated high level parliamentary and press delegations to South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Laos PDR, as well as organized and managed events including World AIDS Day, the launch of the International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, the Red Hot 100 Exhibition to end HIV stigma, Parliamentary morning teas, the LGBTI tribute dinner to Dame Marie Bashir, and functions welcoming foreign diplomats. He is passionate about Health Security, International Public Health and LGBTI rights. Shawn has sat on the New South Wales World AIDS Day committee since 2013.
Pacific Friends operates as a program within the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

Pacific Friends

Professor Janice Reid AC
Chair
Bill Bowtell AO
Executive Director

Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a high-level advocacy organisation which seeks to mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to societies and economies in the Pacific. In pursuing its goals Pacific Friends has a specific interest in highlighting the need to protect the rights of women and children in the Pacific.

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