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World AIDS Day: The Road Ahead

December 1st marks World AIDS Day, where we seek to raise awareness of the HIV epidemic and the stories of people living with HIV & AIDS. Join us for our World AIDS Day panel where we'll be joined by people living with HIV, people working in the HIV sector, and professionals who work to ensure that their workplaces are inclusive of people with HIV, to find out more. We'll discuss the incredible progress that has been made so far, and what needs to be done to support people living with HIV & AIDS to help them feel supported both in society and in the workplace. 

Speakers:

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    Dan Murphy
    Dan Murphy
    Global Director of Policy & Government Affairs
    Gilead Sciences Inc.
    Global Director of policy & Government affairs. particular expertise in health and life sciences and HIV care. Global co-lead of Gilead’s Pride Alliance.
  • Phil Samba
    Phil Samba
    Strategic lead for PrEP4QueerMenOfColour
    Prepster
  • Rusi Jaspal
    Rusi Jaspal
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange)
    University of Brighton
    Rusi Jaspal is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange) and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Professor Jaspal's research cuts across the fields of psychology and public health, focussing particularly on social psychological approaches to promoting good psychological and physical health outcomes. He has developed the Health Adversity Risk Model (HARM) to predict the impact of social and psychological stressors and identity threat on health outcomes. Much of his research using the model has focused on HIV prevention, HIV care and mental health. With Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Rusi Jaspal has contributed to the development of Identity Process Theory. Additionally, Professor Jaspal has conducted extensive research into aspects of psychological wellbeing among gay men, the management of identities in conflict, national identity, prejudice and discrimination, public understanding of science, technology and medicine and the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rusi Jaspal is the author or editor of 6 books, and has written over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and several reports for the Department of Health. He supervises and examines PhD students in his areas of expertise. Rusi Jaspal studied at the University of Cambridge, the University of Surrey, and Royal Holloway, University of London. After his PhD, he completed an ESRC post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Nottingham. In 2015, Rusi Jaspal was awarded a personal chair in Psychology and Sexual Health at De Montfort University Leicester where he also held a number of senior posts, including that of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research). He has also held professorships at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, where he helped set up the Minority Research Profile, at at Nottingham Trent University, UK, where he founded and led the Identity Change Research Group. Professor Jaspal has also served as Social Isolation Advisor to Wandsworth Borough Council, London. As a passionate advocate for knowledge exchange, Prof Jaspal has served on many national and international committees relating to his research, including the Steering Committee of HIV Prevention England, the Advisory Group of the National HIV Commission, the Medical Board of NAZ Project London, the Board of Trustees of the LGBT Foundation, and the Working Group for the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV Recommendations for Integrated Sexual Health Services for Trans, Including Non-Binary Patients. In 2018, he delivered a keynote lecture on the social psychology of HIV prevention and care to the British HIV Association/ British Association for Sexual Health and HIV Joint Annual Conference. For many years, he has been and remains a member of the Advisory Board of the Terrence Higgins Trust and an Ambassador for the Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM). Rusi Jaspal has won several awards for his research, including: British Psychological Society, Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section’s Outstanding Research by an Early Career Scholar Award. nOSCARS 2019 for his research into HIV prevention in the British South Asian community. Ten Out of Ten Award for research into HIV prevention in BAME communities.
  • Sue Hunter
    Sue Hunter
    Positive Voices corrdinator
    Terrence Higgins Trust
    Diagnosed with HIV in 2006 after being infected by my ex-partner, my journey started Not knowing too much about HIV at the time I wanted to and understand what this virus was and what my life expectancy would be. After self-educating myself I realized HIV was a liveable condition.. I closed the door on a 25 year career in retail management and started to volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust. For the last 10 years I have been volunteering and working on the Positive Voice Project. We go into education workplace and the health care.to create awareness and understanding about HIV by talking about lived experiences. Working with the Terrence Higgins Trust press team I am able to do lots of media pieces in newspapers. I have also told my story in women’s magazines such as Best. And take a Break. I am proud to be part of the only Radio show dedicated to HIV in the UK The HIV hr on Radio reverb based in Brighton. Giving a voice to others living with HIV where many have not even disclosed their own status. Because my own experiences of HIV related stigma I want to make sure future generations don’t go through .this. As a mother myself I know only too well the self-stigma and shame my daughter went through at school I have dedicated my live to breaking down stigma and discrimination in all communities. Trying to change hearts and minds when it comes to HIV because at the end of the day HIV can happen to anyone.
  • Mark stevens
    Mark stevens
    Islington IPS Employment Support Team Manager
    NHS
    IPS Employment Services Manager working within both charity and NHS sector. Lead a team of employment specialists supporting Islington residents with mental health issues find and sustain employment. Keen to work with any employer who has vacancies to fill in London.
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    Mina Kakaiya
    Mina Kakaiya
    Wellbeing Coach
    Kuberra
    A seasoned international speaker, author and transformational wellbeing coach. Mina is a certified MHFA (Mental Health First Aid), Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Practioner. She is a HIV activist and a HIV volunteer peer mentor. She has been involved in a number HIV campaigns and teaches Emotional Resilience, Mindfulness, Peer Support and Sexual Wellbeing workshops and talks. Mina has also been featured on Radio, BBC Asian Network, BBC Womens Hour and Podcasts. Mina is an advisory board member of SAHAR (South Asian HIV Advisory Resource) which aims to provide ongoing advice guidance and/or support to organisations, charities and community interests delivering services to South Asian people living with HIV or affected by HIV in the UK. She is also the NW London Community Representative for the London HIV Clinical Forum with the overarching aim to review HIV care in London and provide clinical expertise and leadership on HIV to NHS England (London). Mina is dedicated to help people harness their inner wellbeing towards personal transformational change to building resilience and leading fulfilling lives with a greater sense of purpose and passion. Mina has a background in social work and a career spanning in the health and social care sector and innovating new ways of working, highlighting health inequalities, promoting Community Development and Social Inclusion. She holds a degree in Neuroscience and a Masters in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).
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    Luis E. Guerra
    Luis E. Guerra
    Associate Director Government Affairs
    Gilead Sciences Inc.
    I have over 20 years’ experience working across Latin America, the USA and the UK on addressing health inequities impacting LGBTQ+ communities. Currently, I work in the pharmaceutical industry aiming to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 and spend most of my free time running around London and doing pottery at my local community centre. Fun Fact: I am a computer engineer who re-trained as a public health specialist... and I do a great "chilcano".
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