Michel Kazatchkine was appointed Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in July 2012. Professor Kazatchkine has dedicated the last 30 years to the fight against AIDS and global health as a physician, researcher, diplomat and administrator.

Professor Kazatchkine has been a member of numerous international boards and scientific committees. He was head of the ANRS (1998-2005) and chaired the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (2004-2007). From 2005 to 2007, Professor Kazatchkine was Ambassador in charge of the fight against HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases. In 2007, Professor Kazatchkine was elected Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a position he held until March 2012.

Professor Kazatchkine holds Honorary Doctorates from the Imperial College in London, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Catholic University of Leuven. He is an Officer of the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit and Officer of National Orders of Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Uzbekistan.