Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis

Biography

Stephen LewisStephen Lewis is the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization, and he is the co-chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Mr. Lewis is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and he served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV & the Law.

Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades.  He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006.   From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

From 1970-1978, Mr. Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition.

Mr. Lewis holds 42 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American universities, and in 2003, Stephen Lewis was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.