Professor Michel Kazatchkine is a French physician, diplomat and advocate, best known for his work in international AIDS treatment issues. A former Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in July 2012 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as his United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Michel is also a Senior Fellow with the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and serves as Chair of the Board of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund.
Following graduation from medical school in Paris, he then studied immunology at the Pasteur Institute. He first treated AIDS patients in 1983, and by 1985 had founded a clinic in Paris specializing in AIDS treatment and directed the French National Agency for AIDS Research between 1998-2005. He is a member of Médecins du Monde and one of the founders of Nova Dona, which is a non-profit organization giving services to drug users in Paris.
From 2004-2007 Michel also served as a Chair of the World Health Organisation's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and as a member of the WHO's Scientific and Technical Advisory Group on tuberculosis. In February 2005 he became France's HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases global ambassador and served in this role until 2007.