Secretary-General appoints Dr. Shannon Hader of the United States as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, Programme, of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 12 February 2019 the appointment of Shannon Hader of the United States as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of Programme of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Dr. Hader brings to the position more than 20 years of international experience in global health - from responding to HIV and infectious diseases to strengthening health systems. She has served in key health leadership roles emphasizing accountability, scale and impact for sustainable responses.
In 2014, Dr. Hader was appointed Director of the Division of Global HIV and TB, US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) providing technical leadership, funding, evaluation and programme support to help achieve an AIDS-free generation world-wide.
Prior to this position, she served as Vice President and Director for the Centre for Health Systems and Solutions at the Futures Group (now Palladium). Dr. Hader also held the position of Senior Deputy Director, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration for the District of Columbia from 2007–2010 and served as Director of CDC–Zimbabwe from 2003–2006.
A public health physician, Dr. Hader’s career has reached across research, programme, policy and politics. She holds a degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and MD and MPH degrees from Columbia University. Dr. Hader is board certified in Internal Medicine, Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases.
The Secretary-General wishes to extend his appreciation to Mr. Tim Martineau, who served as Acting Deputy Executive Director, Programme