Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa

Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, a national of Uganda, was appointed as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa in 2013.

Dr Wandira-Kazibwe currently coordinates health sector reforms as the Senior Advisor to the President of Uganda on Population and Health. She is also one of the Champions for an HIV-Free Generation, a group of 10 African leaders working to mobilise global policy makers in the response to HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. She serves on the Board of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, an independent think-tank that identifies and discusses issues of importance to Africa’s development within a global context.

From 1994 to 2003, Dr Wandira-Kazibwe served as Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, the first woman in Africa to hold such a position. She also played a vital role in drafting Uganda’s 1995 Constitution. A long-time advocate for women’s leadership, in 1998 Dr Wandira-Kazibwe co-founded the African Women’s Committee on Peace and Development of the African Union.

Dr Wandira-Kazibwe has previously served as a member of United Nations Commissions on Forestry and Water. She has also been a member of the Advisory Boards of the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Canadian International Development Agency. Dr Wandira-Kazibwe currently serves on the Board of The Hunger Project.

A surgeon by training, Dr Wandira-Kazibwe earned a bachelor’s of Medicine &  Surgery, and a master’s of Medicine (Surgery) from Makerere University in Uganda as well as a doctorate in Global Health and Population from Harvard University’s School of Public Health in the USA. She is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Eastern and Southern Africa.