Michel Kazatchkine is a French physician, diplomat and advocate, best known for his work in international AIDS treatment issues. From February 2007 to March 2012 he was director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. On July 20, 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as his United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Professor Kazatchkine is also a Senior Fellow with the Global Health Program of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and serves as Chair of the Board of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund.
Kazatchkine graduated medical school at Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris then studied immunology at the Pasteur Institute. He first treated AIDS patients in 1983, and by 1985 had founded a clinic in Paris specializing in AIDS treatment.
Kazatchkine directed the French National Agency for AIDS Research between 1998-2005. He is a member of Médecins du Monde and one of the founders of Nova Dona, which is a non-profit organization giving services to drug users in Paris.
In 2005-6 Kazatchkine served The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a vice chair, then he became director of the same organization in 2007. In January 2012 the Global Fund officially announced that Kazatchkine will step down in March 2012.
In 2004-2007 Kazatchkine served as a Chair of the World Health Organization's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and as a member of the WHO's Scientific and Technical Advisory Group on tuberculosis.
In February 2005 Kazatchkine became France's HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases global ambassador and served in this role until 2007.