Christine Stegling appointed new Executive Director of the Alliance
09 October 2015
Ms Stegling is currently the Executive Director of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), a global network of activists advocating for HIV treatment access. She replaces the current Alliance Executive Director Alvaro Bermejo who in June announced his decision to step down from the role at the end of November 2015.
A leading actor in the HIV response, Ms Stegling has worked for over 20 years in international development, human rights and HIV. She joined ITPC as its Executive Director on 1 May 2013. Prior to that, she was a Senior Advisor on human rights and GIPA (greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS) with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance), as well as Associate Director of the Alliance’s HIV Best Practice Unit.
Prior to joining the Alliance in 2009, Christine worked in Botswana for 10 years, initially for the Ministry of Health, then as a lecturer at the University of Botswana, and for eight years as the director of the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) – a current Linking Organisation of the Alliance.
Christine was also a member of Botswana’s National AIDS Council and a member of the Botswana Country Coordinating Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Ms Stegling’s appointment comes after an extensive global search and has the unanimous support of the organisation’s international board of trustees. Welcoming the appointment, Martin Dinham, chair of trustees, said: “Christine brings with her years of experience at the frontline of the HIV response and a commitment to the needs of the marginalised communities which are at the heart of the Alliance’s work. The trustees look forward to working with her to execute the next phase of our strategy at a time of considerable change in the world and in our sector. She has the skills and experience to build strong bonds across the Alliance and the wider HIV sector so that we can maximise the impact of our vital work for people that are vulnerable to or affected by HIV and AIDS.”
Ms Stegling said: “I am excited about the new role and I look forward to working alongside the wide range of community leaders and civil society advocates who make up the Alliance global partnership, as well as the dedicated staff at the international secretariat in the UK, to create a new model of working. One that pays tribute to Southern leadership, allowing for new and creative ways of working as a global Alliance but with a clear vision to carry the power of community engagement into the broader political discourse.”
Ms Stegling will be moving to the UK, where the Alliance’s headquarters are based, and will take up her new role in January 2016.
The Alliance is an innovative global partnership of nationally based, independent civil society organisations that work together to mobilise communities against HIV and AIDS.