Emily T. Blitz

Position: Director, Conferences International AIDS Society (IAS)

Emily oversees the execution of the International AIDS Conferences, the IAS Conferences on HIV Science, and HIV Research for Prevention Conferences throughout the world while increasing the impact and legacy of IAS events and strengthening the IAS profile through expanded representation and reach.

She has twenty years of experience in public relations, multicultural team leadership and stakeholder engagement. She has intimate knowledge of all programmatic and logistical aspects involved with implementing conferences and events for up to 25,000 participants.

Previous roles include Global Director of Conferences and Summits at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Head of Partners' Forum Secretariat at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

She is passionate about health and development issues, particularly HIV, TB, NCDs, vaccines, sustainable agriculture, women's health and children's rights. Her early career included communication services for an international research institution, grass-roots health improvement projects and stage management.