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Congress Programme Plenary Sessions
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Plenary Sessions


The plenary sessions are the first events held each morning during the Congress.  The three Plenaries, each 90 minutes, are focusing on the three themes of ICAAP11 – zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination. The speakers will include distinguished researchers, community leaders and policy specialists provide a major contribution to the HIV/AIDS response in Asia and Pacific. These sessions will provide a great opportunity for delegates to hear the opinions, insights and strategies of some of the world's best researchers, community advocates and public policy leaders.

For the first time in the history of ICAAP, the Plenaries in ICAAP11 will be opened for panel discussion in which panelists have different roles as speakers, commentators, respondents and chair, representing academicians, scientists, community leader and national policy makers. The participants will be able to question and give comments depend on the time available after the panel. In order to manage the session well with thousands participants, written question forms will be distributed by Congress volunteers to those who would like to give comments or ask questions to the presentation. The forms will then be collected from the participants and delivered to the stage to generate discussions. If applicable, there will also be microphone stand in the crowd for participants to give comments or ask questions.

The plenary sessions will be held 08:30-10:00 from 20 to 22 November in Halls A, B and C, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC).

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 floor plan of QSNCC


Getting to zero new HIV infection in Asia and Pacific: Possible or Impossible dream?

mastro w100Timothy Mastro, FHI 360
Getting to Zero HIV New Infection in the Asia-Pacific Region: Possible or Impossible Dream

Timothy Mastro is the Group Director for Global Health, Population and Nutrition of FHI 360. He oversees the organisation’s global research and technical work across a broad range of health, population and nutrition areas. Timothy has served for 20 years in scientific leadership positions at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His research and work addressed the prevention and treatment of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis globally, as well as in the US. In 1993-2000, he served in Thailand as director of the US CDC-Thai Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS Collaboration. Timothy started his international health career as a physician and medical coordinator for the UN Border Relief Operation on the Thai-Cambodian border in 1983-85.

krauss w100Steve Kraus, UNAIDS
Getting to Zero HIV New Infection in the Asia-Pacific Region: Possible or Impossible Dream

Steve Kraus is the Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok, Thailand. He brings to this position over 30 years of experience in international development, humanitarian assistance programmes, sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Steve had previously served as the Chief of the HIV/AIDS Branch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at New York, where he strengthened linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV. He led UNFPA’s efforts on HIV prevention for women and girls, gender equality, comprehensive condom programming, adolescent sexual health and key affected populations. Prior to joining the United Nations, Steve served in his country’s diplomatic service, including in refugee, population and migration affairs, and with Catholic Relief Services.



  • H.E. Nafsiah Mboi, Health Minister of Indonesia
  • Anan Boupha, Purple Sky Network Foundation
  • Baby Rivona, Indonesian Positive Women Network
  • Aradhana Johri, National AIDS Control Organisation, India


Moderator: Veronica Pedrosa, Al Jazeera


Getting to zero new AIDS-related deaths: What works and how to change the game?

sungkanuparph w100Somnuek Sungkanuparph, Mahidol University
Reducing AIDS-related Deaths in Asia-Pacific: What We Know and What We Need to Do

Somnuek Sungkanuparph is a professor of Medicine in Mahidol University, Thailand. He is also involved on research related to HIV and other infectious diseases. Somnuek possess a first class honours doctorate degree in Medicine, and authored several publications for journals like Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome and AIDS.

hirnschall w100Gottfried Hirnschall, World Health Organization (WHO)
The New Consolidated WHO Guidelines on ARV Use (2013): Implementing to Achieve Maximum Impact

Gottfried Hirnschall is the Director of the HIV/AIDS Department of WHO since May 2010. In this role, he leads the organization's work in development and implementation of the cutting-edge normative policies and guidance for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Over the past twenty years, Gottfried has contributed to WHO's work in child and adolescent health, and HIV, supporting numerous programmes worldwide to change realities for millions of people in need of quality health services. Gottfried has managed several major initiatives at WHO, including the mobilization of global partners and donors for the historic "3 by 5" initiative (2001-2005) for scaling up HIV treatment in developing countries. Between 2005-2007, he directed the Caribbean HIV programme for the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), and subsequently in 2008-2010, lead WHO’s HIV work for the Americas based at the PAHO office in Washington D.C.



  • Nukshinaro Ao, Women of Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS
  • Anjay Kumar KC, Nava Kiran Plus
  • Osamu Kunii, Global Fund to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Nhan Thi Do, Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control


Moderator: Praphan Phanuphak, Thai Red Cross AIDS Resource Center


Challenging discrimination against key populations in Asia and the Pacific

dhaliwal w100Mandeep Dhaliwal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The Issues at Stake, the Available Evidence, and the Key Recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law

Mandeep Dhaliwal is the current Director of UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Practice. She has 20 years of experience working on HIV, health, human rights, and evidence based policy and programming in low and middle income countries. Prior to working at UNDP, she was a senior advisor to the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute’s Special Programme on HIV/AIDS. From 2000 to 2006, Mandeep worked for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance where she was instrumental is expanding the organisation’s work on HIV care and treatment in developing countries. She was involved on HIV and human rights issues in India from 1993 to 2000, including as being the founding Coordinator of the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit. Mandeep completed her studies in Canada, and holds a Doctorate of Medicine and a Bachelors of Law.


grover w100Anand Grover, Right to Health
A Critical Review of the Present State of Laws, Policies, and Practices in Asia and the Pacific relating to the Health and Human Rights of MSM, Transgender People, Sex-Workers, and Injecting Drug Users. What are the Positive Developments so Far?

Anand Grover is the Director of the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS in India. He is a pioneer in the field of HIV and has handled several hundred HIV/AIDS-related litigations in the country. Supported by the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit, he drafted the HIV Bill which is currently under consideration and is likely to be introduced in the Indian Parliament this year. Amongst many different activities undertaken in the last few years, Anand delivered the Dr. Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture at the International AIDS Conference held in Toronto in 2006. He was also a keynote speaker at the International AIDS Conference on Narcotics and Harm Reduction held in Colombo in 2007.


subramaniam w100Kalki Subramaniam, Sahodari Foundation
Progress towards Transgender Rights in Tamil Nadu State. How has This Been Achieved?

Kalki Subramaniam is a rights activist and founder of Sahodari Foundation. She is active on issues related to transgender and intersex rights in India. Kalki holds both masters degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Joint Presenters

  • Jeffry Acaba, Action for Health Initiatives
  • Joey Soisaia Joleen Mataele, Tonga Leitis' Association
  • Khartini Slamah, Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers
  • Paisan Suwannawong, Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group



  • H.E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of Fiji


Moderator: Hon. Michael Kirby, former High Court Justice of Australia


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