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Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima is the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She most recently held the post of Executive Director of Oxfam International. A grass-roots activist, human rights advocate and world-recognized expert on women’s rights, she began her career as an engineer in her native Uganda. Appointed to the diplomatic service in 1989, she represented Uganda in France and at UNESCO. She was a member of parliament for 10 years in Uganda, and thereafter served at the African Union Commission. She was UNDP’s director of gender and development between 2006 and 2013.