Angeli Achrekar, Deputy Executive Director for the Programme Branch, UNAIDS

Angeli Achrekar is the Deputy Executive Director of the Programme Branch at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Prior to joining UNAIDS in January 2023, Ms Achrekar served as the Principal Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  Over the past 20 years with the U.S. government and PEPFAR, she has held prominent positions helping to lead the largest global health effort of the U.S. government to ensure life-saving HIV prevention and treatment services to millions of people around the globe and strengthen health and community systems across 50 countries. 

She is a passionate public servant, dedicated to advancing global health and development, across sectors, especially for women and girls.  Angeli brings to the position extensive leadership and management experience in HIV/AIDS and public health.  Over the years, she has helped evolve the program for more person-centered care, protecting and increasing HIV/AIDS gains while also capacitating countries for broader healthcare delivery.  Her deep program, policy and partnership development experience at the global and country levels has cultivated strong multi-sectoral partnerships for large-scale and transformational impact, fundamental to ending the AIDS pandemic.

She holds a Doctorate of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Public Health from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Angeli is married and the mother of beloved twin daughters. She loves poetry and nature.  An unrelenting champion for health and rights for all, she believes in the power of service and partnership for change.