Seattle, Washington
March 4–7, 2019


Community Liaison Subcommittee

Jim Pickett

Jim Pickett is Senior Director of Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Having co-founded the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) in 2005, he continues to lead the network’s efforts to support safe, effective, acceptable, accessible and desirable microbicides, in addition to a wide array of other short and long-acting, systemic and non-systemic, user-controlled, behaviorally congruent, multipurpose prevention options. He leads the Illinois PrEP Working Group and directs Chicago’s globally acclaimed PrEP4Love social marketing campaign. POZ Magazine has honored him in three of their "Top 100" lists, calling him a "soldier... instrumental in fighting for much-needed new prevention methods, undeterred by subjects many would prefer to ignore." He has been living with HIV since 1995.

Morenike Ukpong, FWACS, MBA, BChD

Dr Ukpong is Associate Professor at Obafemi Awolowo University and Coordinator of the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society in Ife, Nigeria. She has advocated for community engagement in HIV research and promoted the ethical conduct of HIV research. She currently works with a team planning the implementation of a preexposure prophylaxis demonstration study in Nigeria.

Lisa Diane White, MPH

Ms White is the Deputy Director at SisterLove, Inc, a nonprofit community-based organization in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to the education, prevention and support needs of women at risk for HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health issues. She has 26 years of experience with the health issues of black women and their inclusion in community-based participatory research. Ms White has been an outspoken educator, activist, and advocate for the advancement of women's health and status globally, including supporting women’s access to clinical trials, microbicide development, vaccine awareness, and preexposure prophylaxis.

Ntando Yola

Ntando Yola is the Community Engagement Lead at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) in Cape Town, South Africa, also serves as the HIV Prevention Trials Network’s (HPTN) Community Working Group Co-Chair. He has worked for almost 15 years as a community mobilizer and advocate in HIV trials, most of which have been HIV prevention research. He is a Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention’s (AVAC) alumni fellow and a member of various national, regional and global platforms that champion communities’ interest through advocacy and engagement. The work he does is motivated by outcomes of effectively involving communities and see them take ownership in the efforts that seek to achieve the AIDS epidemic control, especially in sub-Sharan Africa.