2020 HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conference
2020 HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conference

Keynote Speakers

Keynote SpeakersBiography
Anne Philpott
Anne Philpott is a public health professional, pleasure propagandist and 'guerrilla girl' of HIV prevention. She founded ’The Pleasure Project’ in 2004, in frustration of endless AIDS meetings where no one talked about people’s motivations for having sex. The Pleasure Project forges connections between the worlds of public health, academia, and the media and is globally recognised as the agency that has championed putting pleasure into safer sex education. They have influenced many agencies to deliver more effective and relevant sex education and are now working with the World Association of Sexual Health to launch a declaration of pleasure. Anne is published widely in health journals and the media, and as a speaker at international conferences, promoting pleasure in sex education and as the ultimate indicator of female empowerment. The Pleasure Project was awarded the Phil Harvey ‘Prize for Passion in Reproductive Health’ in 2016.
Chris Beyrer
Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, is the inaugural Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a Professor of Epidemiology, International Health, Health Behavior and Society, Nursing and Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He serves as Director of the Johns Hopkins Training Program in HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Science and as Founding Director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights. He is the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and of the University’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Beyrer has extensive experience in conducting international collaborative research and he has spent much of his career focusing on health and human rights. He was President of the International AIDS Society from 2014-16 and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine in 2014.
Christopher Fairley
Claudia Estcourt
Claudia Estcourt is Professor of Sexual Health & HIV at Glasgow Caledonian University and Honorary Professor at UCL, and a consultant physician in Sexual Health & HIV at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, UK and Central & North West London NHS Trust. She is specialist adviser to the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland. Her research addresses three major public health priorities: 1) Self-managed, digital healthcare, focussing on development and evaluation of complex online clinical care pathways within sexual health & HIV medicine, 2) HIV PrEP public health programmes, clinical service development, evaluation and monitoring; 3) Preventing transmission of STIs & reducing undiagnosed HIV by increasing effectiveness of partner notification strategies, developing tailored interventions for those at highest risk, focussing on both young heterosexuals & men who have sex with men (lustrum.org.uk).
Dagmawi Woubshet
Dagmawi Woubshet is the Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. A scholar of African American literature and art, he works at the intersections of African American, LGBTQ, and African studies. These overlapping areas of inquiry inform his scholarship and research, including his book The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), and the co-edited volume Ethiopia: Literature, Art, and Culture, a special issue of Callaloo (2010). His writings have appeared in various publications including Transition, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, The Atlantic, and African Lives: An Anthology. He is currently completing a book on James Baldwin’s late style and the first English translation of Sebhat Gebre Egziabher’s 1966 Amharic novel, ሰባተኛው መላክ Säbatägnaw Mälak [The Seventh Angel]. Woubshet is an associate editor of Callaloo and has served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University, and, as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Modern Art Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he curated Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show (2016). He was selected as the inaugural senior fellow of the Africa Institute in Sharjah, UAE, where he will be in residence in 2020-21. Before joining the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, Woubshet taught at Cornell University where he was named one of “The 10 Best Professors at Cornell.” He received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University and his B.A. in Political Science and History from Duke University.
Francois Venter
Professor WD Francois Venter, MD, FCP, PhD is the Divisional Head of Ezintsha at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he received most of his training. He has an active interest in public sector access to HIV services, and his work involves health systems research that directly translates into national programmes, most recently involving dolutegravir and TAF. He leads multiple antiretroviral treatment optimisation studies and is currently working on new first and second line antiretroviral options, patient linkage-to-care interventions, and self-testing projects. He has led large PEPFAR-funded HIV programmes in South Africa, focusing on different populations such as men, women, children, young people, truckers, sex workers and LGBTI. For the last 20 years, he has been an advisor to bodies such as the South African government, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, UNAIDS and WHO, including contributing to international, regional and national HIV guidelines. He has been involved in several human rights cases involving HIV within the Southern African region and has an active interest in medical ethics.
Gwenda Hughes
Professor Gwenda Hughes is a Consultant in Public Health and a scientist in epidemiology with 23 years of experience in HIV and STI surveillance and research. She heads the Blood Safety, Hepatitis, STI & HIV Division at Public Health England’s National Infection Service and has led national surveillance programmes on STIs and AMR including the Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme. She co-leads the risk reduction theme in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Her research focuses on understanding the biological and behavioural determinants of STI and AMR epidemics including antimicrobial resistant gonorrhoea and sexually transmitted enteric pathogens. She is an Honorary Professor at the Department of Infection & Population Health at the Institute for Global Health, University College London and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health.
Lisa McDaid
Lisa McDaid is Professor of Social Science and Health at The University of Queensland, where she leads on health research at the Institute for Social Science Research. She retains a Professorship at the University of Glasgow and is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, a consortium research centre based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Lisa has expertise in intervention development and evaluation, health improvement research, and qualitative methods. Her research has explored sexual health inequalities among young people, LGBTQ+ communities, and men and women living in socio-economically deprived areas. Lisa’s most recent research focuses on syndemics - understanding the complex interplay and co-occurrence of sexual, physical and mental health problems and the social contexts that drive these. Most importantly, she is working with communities to understand how to counter syndemics and improve health via assets and strengths-based approaches.
Niamh Stephenson
Nittaya Phanuphak
Nittaya Phanuphak, MD, PhD is the Chief of PREVENTION at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. She has deep interest in the use of Key Population-Led Health Services (KPLHS) approach to enhance access to HIV testing, prevention and treatment among key populations (KP). To ensure domestic funding towards KPLHS sustainability, she currently oversees the establishment of a national platform to build capacity, certify and legalize KP lay providers to provide HIV and STI services in Thailand. The Tangerine Clinic in Bangkok is one of the most successful KPLHS examples established in 2015. This trans-led clinic has provided integrated hormone and sexual health services to more than 3,500 transgender clients over a 4-year period. The model is being expanded to community-based organizations, as well as public and private clinics, in a few countries in South-East Asia. Dr Phanuphak has served as the Asia Pacific representative in the IAS Governing Council since 2018.
Sharon Lewin
Sharon Lewin is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital; Professor of Infectious Diseases, The University of Melbourne; consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow. She is based in Melbourne, Australia.

She is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist. She completed her medical degree and PhD in virology at Monash University in 1996 and her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr David Ho at Rockefeller University in 1999. Her research focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection.

In 2014, she was named Melburnian of the Year and awarded the Peter Wills Medal from Research Australia. In 2019 she was named an Officer of the Order of Australia and a Clarivate Web of Science high citation researcher.

She leads a large national network funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia called APPRISE which focuses on pandemic preparedness and started in Australia in 2016. Scientists from the Doherty Institute were the first to isolate and share the SARS COV2 virus outside of China and have a broad program of research focused on testing, treatments and vaccines for COVID19.
Terryann Clark
Dr Terryann Clark PhD, MPH, RN (Ngāpuhi) is part-time Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, and part-time public health promotion advocate as the Child and Youth Friendly Cities coordinator for Whangarei City. Terryann led the Youth’12 national youth health and wellbeing survey, is co-lead of the Youth’19 Rangatahi Smart Survey and has been a founding member of the Adolescent Health Research Group since 1998. She was previously a sexual health nurse, sexual health advisor and helped establish the Auckland Peer Sexuality Support Programme. She has worked extensively as an Adolescent Nurse Specialist in various roles and as an academic. She has written over 80 publications, 25 reports and has led several national research projects related to youth health, and Māori health. Her major research interests are: youth health, indigenous health, mental health, sexual health, advocacy, and healthy youth development with a strong focus on addressing inequity for Māori whanau.