MPact (formerly MSMGF) applauds the International AIDS Society (IAS) choice to name Kevin Osbourne as its next Executive Director. Mr. Osbourne, who is from South Africa, directed IAS’s HIV Advocacy and Programmes before his appointment. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in HIV and his background in human rights and education uniquely positions him to lead an organization, which must change to keep pace with current epidemiologic, political, social, and ethical challenges facing the field.
Having lived openly with HIV for more than half his life, Mr. Osbourne brings a unique understanding of the role people living with HIV have in shaping the global response to HIV. He led the conceptualization and development of the PLHIV Stigma Index – which is used by UNAIDS as a tool to capture changes in stigma across 44 countries. As the Executive Director of IAS, Mr. Osbourne will also bring his extensive experience in supporting large-scale advocacy initiatives through his previous roles as South Africa Country Director for PATH and as the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Global HIV Advisor in London.
Mr. Osbourne has been an unwavering champion of evidence-based, community-led programs. Most recently he served as FHI 360’s Global Project Director in Washington DC of the PEPFAR- and USAID-supported LINKAGES project, which is one of the world’s largest global programme aimed at providing services to men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and transgender people. MSMGF stands proudly ready to support Mr. Osbourne in his new capacity.
Mr. Osbourne succeeds Owen Ryan effective this summer. MSMGF thanks Owen Ryan for his stellar leadership and wishes him well on his future endeavors.
MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly known as MSMGF or The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) was founded in 2006 by a group of activists concerned about the disproportionate HIV disease burden shouldered by men who have sex with men. MPact works at the intersection of sexual health and human rights, and is linked to more than 120 community-based organizations in 62 countries who are leading innovative solutions to the challenges faced by gay and bisexual men around the world.