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Posted December 5, 2012


Laurier appoints AIDS expert Alan Whiteside as CIGI Chair in Global Health

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed the internationally recognized academic and AIDS researcher Alan Whiteside to the position of CIGI Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His term will begin in 2013.

Prior to joining Laurier, Whiteside was the founder and director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has written numerous articles and several books on HIV/AIDS, including AIDS: The Challenge for South Africa (2000) and HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2008). Whiteside is well known for his work in this field and lectures on the international stage. He developed a successful training workshop, “Planning for HIV/AIDS,” and mentors students, academics and researchers in the field.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Whiteside to Laurier and to the Balsillie School of International Affairs,” said Deborah MacLatchy, vice-president: academic and provost at Laurier. “His research has made a significant difference to our understanding of the combined human and economic dimensions of HIV/AIDS to the African continent. He will add to our growing expertise in global health at the university.”

In his new role, Whiteside will be affiliated with Laurier’s School of International Policy and Governance, the Department of Economics, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. The latter is a partnership involving Laurier, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and the University of Waterloo.

"The position is really exciting because it is not a narrow, discipline-based appointment,” said Whiteside. “It is a chance to work with excellent, imaginative academics.”

Whiteside holds a BA in Development Studies (1978) and an MA in Development Economics (1980) from University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, as well as a D.Econ (2003) from University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Whiteside was a journalist and teacher in Mbabane, Swaziland before becoming a planning officer and economist for the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning of the Government of Botswana. From 1983-1997, he held a number of positions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, including associate professor of the Economic Research Unit. In 1987, he began his work on HIV/AIDS, presenting his first paper on AIDS and migration at a conference in London. In 2003 he was appointed by Kofi Annan as one of the Commissioners for the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Department for International Development, United Kingdom.

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