Craig McClure is Associate Director and Chief of HIV & AIDS Section in Programme Division in UNICEF. Craig has a background in political science, international relations, education and counseling. His involvement in the fight against AIDS began in 1991 when, while teaching secondary school in the UK, he joined the activist group ACT-UP Manchester. He returned to his native Canada in 1993 and worked for five years in the community-based sector with the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) as an educator and coordinator of treatment advocacy, information and literacy programs. After leaving CATIE, Craig co-founded the consulting firm Health Hounds, focused on organizational development and HIV policy for government, not-for-profit organizations and industry.
From 2000-2002, Craig worked for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) on public policy and community-preparedness for vaccine trials. He joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2002 to support partnerships for the “3 by 5” initiative. As Executive Director of the International AIDS Society (IAS) from 2004 to 2009 he oversaw the staging of six major international and scientific conferences. He previously coordinated the treatment and care team in the HIV Department at WHO. He is currently the Chief of HIV and AIDS section with the Programme Division in UNICEF.
Craig is committed to working to end the AIDS epidemic through approaches that balance investments in research with achieving and sustaining universal access to prevention, treatment and care, and promoting and protecting the rights of people living with and most affected by HIV.