Steve Kraus, Director, Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific, UNAIDS

As Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific, Steve Kraus supports countries across the region in achieving the goals outlined in the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.  

Prior to joining UNAIDS, Mr Kraus served as UNAIDS Global Coordinator and Chief of the HIV/AIDS Branch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York where he strengthened linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV. Mr Kraus led UNFPA’s efforts on HIV prevention for women and girls, gender equality, comprehensive condom programming, adolescent sexual health and key affected populations.

Previously, he served in World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS in Africa and Asia, with UNAIDS as Country Coordinator in Vietnam and Programme Adviser to the Inter-country Support Team in Asia, and later with the UN Development Group as the Senior HIV/AIDS Policy Adviser. 

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr Kraus served in the United States of America’s diplomatic service, including five years in refugee, population and migration affairs, and five years with Catholic Relief Services.

He is an active member of Rotary International. He has post-graduate work in Tropical Medicine and a Master of Science from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he has a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and under-graduate degrees in History and Philosophy from Saint Mary’s University, USA.