Who's who in #globaldev: August 2019 appointments

Winnie Byanyima is the new executive director of UNAIDS. Photo by: IMF / CC BY-NC-ND


Winnie Byanyima is the new executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS.

Byanyima's appointment was welcomed by many in the aid community, particularly advocates who have been calling for more women leaders in the sector. Byanyima was the only female candidate on the shortlist, which had also included Chris Beyrer, Salim Abdool Karim, Bernard Haufiku, and Sani Aliyu.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.