COVID-19 threatens to reverse the gains made in the response to HIV and AIDS. In 2020, we will likely see increases in new infections and deaths from AIDS-related causes for the first time in many years as health systems are overwhelmed, treatment and prevention programmes are disrupted, and resources are diverted. How do we protect and sustain progress in the fight against the HIV epidemic, and how do we ensure that we secure the resources needed to finish this fight, to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and to save lives?
Peter Sands became Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in March 2018. From 2006 to 2015, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered PLC, which operates in more than 70 markets, primarily emerging markets. He then became a research fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School, where he immersed himself in a range of global public health projects. In 2016-17, Sands chaired the International Working Group on Financing Pandemic Preparedness at the World Bank. In 2015-16, he was Chairman of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future. Sands is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science’s Forum on Microbial Threats and serves on the Committee on Ensuring Access to Affordable Drugs. Sands joined Standard Chartered PLC as Group Finance Director in 2002. Under his leadership, the company successfully navigated the turbulence of the global financial crisis in 2007-09. Sands led the company’s transformation into a leading international bank, reinforcing its focus on emerging markets. During Sands’ tenure, Standard Chartered focused its corporate responsibility initiatives on health issues, including avoidable blindness, AIDS and malaria. He also served on the board of the Global Business Coalition on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and was Lead Non-Executive Director on the board of the United Kingdom’s Department of Health. Sands has served on numerous boards and commissions, including as a governor of the UK’s National Institute for Economic and Social Research, as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, as a board director of the Institute of International Finance, and as a director of the World Economic Forum.
Sands graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University, with a first-class degree in politics, philosophy and economics. He also received a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow.