Professor Linda-Gail Bekker

(MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP (SA), PhD) is Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, UCT and Chief Operating Officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. She is a physician scientist and infectious disease specialist. Her research interests include programmatic antiretroviral roll out and TB integration, prevention of HIV in women, youth and MSM. She heads up the Desmond Tutu Centre of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing at UCT, whose aim is to develop the evidence base around adolescent treatment and prevention of HIV, TB and STIs, and their integration within an adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive service platform.

She served as President-Elect (2014- 2016) and then President (2016-2018) of the International AIDS Society and co-chaired the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris, France and the 22nd International AIDS conference 2018 in Amsterdam. She will co-chair the Research 4 Prevention conference in Cape Town in 2020. She is a B+ rated scientist and has published >450 peer reviewed papers and has an H rating of 90. In the last 5 years, since 2015 she has published 230 peer reviewed publications and has 18 720 citations.