The Governing Board of Friends of the Global Fund Europe
Laurent Vigier has been President of the Friends Europe since April 2003, when he succeeded Michèle Barzach, a former Minister of Health in France, who chaired the association since its inception in April 2005. The Board gathers European political and parliamentary figures, as well as of personalities of the research / academic and civil society world, and from non-governmental organisations and the private sector, all committed to the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The Executive Committe of the Board
Mr Laurent VIGIER,
Appointed President of Friends Europe in April 2013, he succeeded Michèle Barzach, a former Minister of Health in France, and a founding member of the association.
Vice-president in charge of European Institutions, of Belgium and Luxembourg
Mr Charles GOERENS, former Minister of Cooperation in Luxembourg, Member of the European Parliament.
Vice-president in charge of Germany
Ms Heidemarie WIECZOREK-ZEUL, former Minister of Cooperation and Economic Development in Germany.
Vice-president in charge of Italy
Mr Stefano VELLA, Professor of Immunology, Director of the Superior Institute of Health in Roma.
Mr Louis-Charles VIOSSAT, former French Ambassador in charge of AIDS and other contagious diseases.
Members of the Board
Ms Michèle BARZACH, former Minister of Health and Family in France.
Ms Heidi HAUTALA, Member of the European Parliament, former Minister of International Cooperation in Finland.
Ms Hilde JOHNSON, former Minister of International Development in Norway.
Ms Nancy WILDFEIR-FIELD, President of the Global Business Coalition for Health.
Mr Patrice DEBRÉ, Professor of Immunology, former French Ambassador in charge of AIDS and other contagious diseases.
Mr Michel KAZATCHKINE, Special Advisor on HIV, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at UNAIDS, former Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Mr Norbert NEUSER, Member of the European Parliament
Mr Andris PIEBALGS, former Secretary of State for European Affairs in Latvia and former European Commissioner for Development.
Mr Robert SEBBAG, Expert in public health