Christine Stegling, Deputy Executive Director, Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge Branch, UNAIDS

Christine Stegling is the Deputy Executive Director of the Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge 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 Stegling was the Executive Director of Frontline AIDS; previously she was Executive Director of both the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA).

A passionate leader, committed manager and effective problem-solver, Ms Stegling brings to the position vast experience in - and deep, nuanced knowledge of - the AIDS pandemic. She is known for expertly spearheading initiatives capable of changing policy, law and fiscal environments to accelerate and expand progress toward ending AIDS. Her policy and advocacy work at global, regional and country levels has helped increase access to HIV prevention and treatment; expanded sexual and reproductive health and rights and supported marginalized people through community-based programs.

The author of numerous publications, presentations and training materials on HIV/AIDS, Ms Stegling holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and served until December 2022 as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the AIDS Rights Alliance in Southern Africa.

Ms Stegling is married and is a mother of two teenagers. She enjoys cooking and swimming. A German citizen, she is fluent in English and German and has a basic knowledge of French. A powerful champion for human rights and equity, she believes in a future free from AIDS for everyone, everywhere.