Heather-Marie Schmidt has a background in medical microbiology, research, evaluation and public health policy with experience across a range of population and public health priority areas including HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis, infection control and multi-resistant organisms, and non-communicable diseases. As a Senior Policy Analyst for the New South Wales Ministry of Health in Australia, she played a leading role in the EPIC-NSW trial, which recruited almost 10,000 participants between March 2015 and March 2018. She worked with the regional NGO APCOM on PULSE: a research, advocacy and capacity building project to improve the HIV response for young MSM in the Greater Mekong. She became the regional advisor for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a position jointly funded by the World Health Organization and the UNAIDS Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in September 2018. She is passionate about improving the public health response to help end HIV transmission across the Asia-Pacific region, particularly with the introduction of PrEP as an additional HIV prevention option.