Junko Tanuma is Chief of Division of the AIDS Medical Information at AIDS Clinical Center in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine. She graduated from Tohoku University Medical School and earned a PhD at the Graduate School of Tohoku University. She was a Research Fellow in the Takemi Program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014-2016. She has a broad background as an infectious disease physician, with specific training and expertise in the field of HIV/AIDS. She is now serving as the PI of the Sexual Health Research Programs for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 supported by the Japanese government, where she leads a team that plans and conducts the programs that will help the visitors and community take STD/HIV tests and preventions during the Olympic seasons and is building a network across Tokyo metropolitan area for sexual health promotion with STD/HIV clinics and NGO/NPOs.
Tanat Chinbunchorn is the technical lead and research physician at the Institute for HIV research and Innovation Bangkok, Thailand. His research is mainly focused on implementation science through key populations led health services (KPLHS) in HIV treatment and prevention, transgender health, scaling up of HIV services, and its regionalization in the Asia Pacific.
Tanat currently leads the “Princess PrEP” project which is Thailand’s first and largest PrEP program by trained KP-lay providers. He also manages the first same-day initiation of antiretroviral service in the country at the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic and differentiated service delivery for ART among provinces with a high HIV burden in Thailand. He provides high-quality technical assistance in facilitating private-public partnership models for HIV services to serve Bangkok as a fast track city to ending AIDS. He graduated from a joint medical program between the University of Nottingham, UK, and Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand with first-class honors.
Dr Ramou Njie is a Gambian-born, UK-trained Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist. She did her primary medical degree at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. This was followed by nearly 2 decades in the UK where she pursued post-graduate specialist training in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology as well as advanced scientific training in viral immunology at centres of excellence in the UK. Her scientific carrier began as an MRC (UK) Clinical Research Training Fellow which led to the award of a PhD in viral immunology at the CRUK institute of Cancer Studies in Birmingham University. Dr Njie worked as a substantive NHS consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist in the UK for 3 years where she was responsiblefor setting up a viral hepatitis treatment clinic, teaching medical students and junior doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders including in performing advanced endoscopic procedures, before returning back home to The Gambia in 2011. In Gambia she headed the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study(GHIS). The GHIS was a long-running collaboration between the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO-IARC), The Gambia Government, and the Medical Research Council in The Gambia. The aim of the study was to evaluate whether hepatitis B vaccination in the first year of life would prevent primary liver cancer and chronic liver disease in adulthood. She was also the principal investigator in The Gambia of the EU-funded, multicentre, Prevention of Liver Fibrosis and Cancer in Africa (PROLIFICA) project, with partners in Senegal, Nigeria and Imperial College London. Dr Njie is a practising clinician scientist with research interests in viral hepatitis, immunology, infections and cancer. She is an active member of several professional bodies which include: The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) regional committee for Africa, The African Organisation for Research and Treatment in Cancer (AORTIC), among others. She has several publications on Hepatitis B virus and has been a guest speaker at many national, regional and international conferences.
Dr. Rupert Kaul completed his clinical training in Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto, and was then a research fellow at the Universities of Nairobi and Oxford for several years. He completed an immunology PhD and returned to the University of Toronto and University Health Network, where he currently serves as the director of the clinical division of Infectious Disease and runs a research lab focused on interactions between HIV transmission, genital and rectal immunology, sexually transmitted infections and the microbiome. His translational research is based in participant cohorts from Canada, Kenya and Uganda, with the support of a University of Toronto / OHTN Endowed Chair in HIV Research. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2013.
Saidy Brown is a 24 year old young lady born with HIV, found out at 14 about her status, and started publicly disclosing at the age of 18. She has used her status to educate other people about HIV using social media. She has been very active in her advocacy. She was a part of the youth plenary at the 8th South African AIDS Conference in Durban in 2017,and opened up the conference with a piece she wrote back when she was 18 titled "an open letter to HIV"
She works with various NGOs, such as Y+ South Africa, Network for Young People Living with HIV in South Africa. She is a psychology student at the North-West University (NWU) and she is a part of the NWU students advocating leadership and transformation.
She recently started a YouTube channel that she uses to further educate and enlighten people about HIV. She made it on the prestigious mail and guardian 200 young South Africans for the year 2018. Her everyday goal is to try show those who feel hopeless that there can be life after an HIV diagnosis.
Talimba is a sexual rights advocate with nine years of experience working on sexual reproductive health and rights programs. Before joining Girl Effect Malawi as Senior Gender and Safeguarding Manager, she was working as a National Program Coordinator for a sexual and reproductive health and rights program that targets young people between the ages of 10-24 with sexuality information, access to services and advocacy towards an enabling environment in order to allow them to realize their sexual rights. Talimba is an alumnus of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program. This is an international fellowship offered to young people who are working to advance the health, rights and well-being of girls and women. Talimba is a 2016 World Contraception Day Ambassador and was granted $5,000 seed grant which was used to implement a project on improved access and uptake of female condoms among young people aged 15-24. Recently she was also awarded with another seed grant by Women Deliver and she is implementing a project will aim at influencing the Ministry of Health to address the barriers that exist in the provision and access to HIV and SRH services for young people in Malawi between the ages of 15-24.