Dr Catherine Hankins MD PhD FRCPC is Deputy Director Science, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and Scientific Chair of its annual INTEREST conference on HIV in Africa; Professor of Public and Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University; and Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She chairs the Scientific Advisory Group of the USA National Institutes of Health’s HIV Prevention Trials Network. She was principal investigator of studies involving women, prisoners, and people who inject drugs and of population-based epidemiological studies before joining UNAIDS in Geneva 2002. 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.