Professor Catherine Hankins

Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Catherine Hankins MD PhD FRCPC is Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Global & Public Health, School of Public & Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University; Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; and Senior Fellow, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health & Development. She chaired six annual INTEREST conferences in Africa (2015-2020) and EDCTP’s 10th Forum in Maputo, Mozambique (2021), and is co-chair of the Eastern Europe & Central Asia INTERACT workshop (2022 Riga, Latvia).  She is co-chair of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force.

Before joining UNAIDS in Geneva 2002, she was the principal investigator of studies involving women, prisoners, and people who inject drugs and of population-based epidemiological studies. As Chief Scientific Adviser to UNAIDS, she led the scientific knowledge translation team focusing on ethical and participatory HIV prevention trial conduct, convening mathematical modelling teams, and supporting country implementation of proven biomedical HIV prevention modalities. A trustee of the HIV Research Trust and member of the International AIDS Society Industry Liaison Forum, she was named to the Order of Canada in 2013.