Chair – Portugal
Ricardo Fernandes is working in the HIV field for more than a decade. He has a degree in Modern Languages and Literature from the Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon. He has been working in several Portuguese NGOs in the HIV field since 2000, mainly in project and services coordination. He has co-organised several conferences in Portugal and has co-authored studies and articles on stigma, diagnosis and late presenting. He is the Chair of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) Board of Directors and the Executive Director of GAT – Portuguese Group Treatment Activist on HIV / AIDS (GAT).
Marine (Maka) Gogia
Vice-Chair – Georgia
Maka Gogia is a programme director of HIV prevention/harm reduction program in Georgia. She has higher medical education and master’s degree in public health. Besides the programme management, she is a technical advisor, trainer and consultant of HIV/HCV community organisations in Georgia. During the last twelve years she is engaged in advocating better accessibility to HIV, HCV, TB and STI treatment and prevention services for key affected population. She is the Vice-Chair of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) Board of Directors, steering committee member of European Testing Week, focal point of Correlation Network, Global Fund EECA constituency member and member of the Regional Collaborating Committee on Accelerated Response to Tuberculosis, HIV and Viral Hepatitis (RCC-THV) at the World Health Organization.
Secretary – United Kingdom
Ian Hodgson has been involved with the international health sector for over 20 years. Areas of interest include HIV and TB stigma, HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health and rights, community capacity building and treatment advocacy. He has worked on projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Much of his work involves monitoring and evaluation using a systematic qualitative approach. He is the Secretary of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) Board of Directors, a coordinator of the European HIV Nursing Network, an Associate Editor of the journal Ethnicity and Health and academic supervisor for international health-based research studies. And he plays the piano.
Treasurer – United Kingdom
Ben Collins is the Treasurer of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) Board of Directors. He is the director of ReShape/International HIV Partnerships (IHP) and he partners with the Science, Health, Education (SHE) Centre, EuroTEST and the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS). Ben serves on the advisory committees for EACS’ WAVE, (Women Against Viruses in Europe) and the secretariat for the European Chemsex Forum. He has been HIV+ since 1981, undetectable since 1998, and lives in London with his partner of 30 years.
Director – United Kingdom
Nyambe’s overarching interests over the years have been in rights and practice associated with access to health, especially in relation to populations at the periphery of services due to their marginalised and vulnerable situations. Having begun as a volunteer in the area of prevention strategies and access to sexual health services, he is now a lead in Asset Based Community Development within the sector. Nyambe’s interests, academic legal background and speciality in human rights also provided him the opportunity to represent the EATG at the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) for six years – within the thematic group on access to healthcare. He has also previously taught law at the University undergraduate level.
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