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Board of Directors (USA)

ICEHA is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors oversees all activities of the organization and provides strategic, programmatic, legal, and financial oversight. The directors on the board comprise an international team of highly qualified and world-renowned experts with expertise in the field of HIV care, developing countries, program design, and legal and financial management.

Marie Charles, M.D., M.I.A..
Chair and CEO, International Center for Equal Healthcare Access (ICEHA), New York City

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, SIPA, New York City
Recipient National Medal of Honor - Vietnam
Henry Crown Fellow - The Aspen Institute

In November 2001, Dr. Marie Charles founded ICEHA, currently widely recognized as the global leader in clinical skills rapid transfer to emerging nations.

Drawing on its pool of > 600 highly qualified infectious disease medical professionals in the world, ICEHA deployed into 10 countries within just 3 years of solidifying the clinical mentoring model. By now, ICEHA is transferring over 6,500 aggregate man years of professional medical expertise to colleagues in emerging nations on three continents. As a direct result, local healthcare workers provide the best care possible within their given resource limitations; and tens of thousands of patients have access to care when none existed before.

As the world’s leading fourth generation NGO (4NGO), ICEHA uses a unique empowerment-sustainability funding model, whereby Western funding catalyzes a 300% matched funding by the recipient developing countries themselves.

Dr. Charles previously served as both Chief Operating Officer of IATEC (University of Amsterdam) and co-founding Managing Director of PharmAccess International (PAI) prior to founding ICEHA. In the past she has also held an appointment as Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Relations.

In recognition of her personal achievements and ICEHA’s revolutionary contribution to global healthcare, Dr. Charles was named a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute in 2006 and received the “National Medal of Honor” from Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet, President of Vietnam, at the opening of the Vietnamese National Assembly in June 2007.

Dr. Charles received her MD from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Belgium and her Masters Degree in International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University in New York City, USA. She has lived and worked in over 20 countries across the world.

Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.
Executive Vice-Chair, ICEHA

Associate Professor (Courtesy), Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Director, ViralEd LLC
Medical Editor,

Dr. Boyle was a clinician and researcher at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, New York until 2005. While he no longer has a clinical practice, Dr. Boyle continues to be affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Boyle has been very active in clinical research and education and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and studies. In addition, Dr. Boyle has been active in providing HIV/AIDS care in developing countries. In 1998, he founded the Starfish Project at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. The primary goal of the Starfish Project is to provide HIV-related medications to patients in developing countries. The medications used in the program are recovered from patients who have stopped or changed antiretroviral therapy, but still have medications left over, and, to date, millions of dollars in medications have been recovered.

Dr. Boyle is the Medical Editor of, a website that provides HIV and Hepatitis information and receives over 6 million hits each month. Dr. Boyle is also the Director of ViralEd LLC, a company that provides medical education. Dr. Boyle received his JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School, his MD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed his medical residency at the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Mauro Schechter, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice-Chair, ICEHA
Professor of Infectious Diseases, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Head, AIDS research lab, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Associate Professor, Department of International Health, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Internationally renowned for his work on antiretroviral therapy and vaccine development, Dr. Schechter’s endeavors in Brazil were instrumental in turning the tide for the HIV epidemic in that country. Brazil currently serves as a model for other developing countries in their battle against HIV/AIDS.

Mark Nelson, M.D.
Consultant, Infectious Diseases, Chelsea – Westminster Hospital, London, UK

Dr. Mark Nelson is Director of HIV Services and Deputy Director of Research at Chelsea-Westminster Hospital in London. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine. Dr Nelson heads the international development section of St Stephens AIDS trust and has successfully developed HIV CME programmes in many African countries.

Dr. Nelson trained at Jesus College, Cambridge, and Westminster Medical School, qualifying in 1986, and subsequently becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He became a Consultant Physician in HIV Medicine at Chelsea Westminster Hospital in London in 1994. His primary research interests are in new antiretroviral medications and in the treatment of hepatitis B and C, both in the singly and co-infected patients.

Robin J. Lewis, Ph.D.
Chief Representative, Fairfield Greenwich Group (FGG) – Beijing, China

Dr. Lewis is currently based in Beijing, where he represents one of the oldest and largest alternative investment funds in the world, Fairfield Greenwich Group.

From 1985 to 2007, he was Associate Dean of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and also served as the first Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), a joint venture of SIPA, the London School of Economics and Politics, l'Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

During his time at Columbia and in concurrent work as a global consultant, Dr. Lewis worked with universities, government agencies, and NGOs in the design and delivery of professional education programs. He has worked as an on-site consultant in Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, China, Russia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, and France and has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Trace Foundation, the United Nations, the US Department of State, the American Councils of International Education, and the Open Society Institute.

Paul Volberding, M.D.
Honorary Chairman

Vice-Chairman and Professor, University of California San Francisco Department of Medicine, San Francisco, USA
Chief of Medical Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center San Francisco
Chairman, International AIDS Society - USA

Dr. Volberding is an internationally renowned pioneer in AIDS treatment and clinical research and was instrumental in creating and developing the AIDS programs at UCSF. Dr. Paul Volberding is also the founder of the world’s first AIDS clinic and in-patient service (UCSF Positive Health Program) which became the widely accepted model for effective and compassionate care of HIV-infected patients.

Professor Brian G. Gazzard, M.A., M.D., FRCP
Honorary Board Member

Consultant Physician and Research Director, Department of HIV/GU Medicine, Chelsea Westminster Hospital, London, UK
Chairman, British HIV Association (BHIVA)

Brian Gazzard qualified at Cambridge University in 1970 and became an MD from the same institution in 1982. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1983. He became a consultant at St Stephen’s and Westminster Hospitals (now combined as Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) in 1978. He saw his first AIDS patient in 1979 and in 1991 founded the St Stephen's AIDS Trust with other consultant colleagues. He was also the founder chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA). In 1997 he became Professor of HIV Medicine and in 2002 was awarded both the Outstanding Achiever Award for Healthcare and the Clinical Leadership Award for 2002 in recognition for his work in the field on HIV.

Kenneth Mayer, M.D.
Honorary Board Member
Professor of Medicine and Community Health, Brown University Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island
Director, Brown University AIDS Program and Director, Brown-Tufts Fogarty AIDS International Research Training Program, Providence, Rhode Island
Medical Research Director, Fenway Community Health, Boston, MA

Dr. Kenneth H. Mayer was one of the first clinical researchers in New England to care for patients living with AIDS. He is the Director of the Brown and Tufts Universities’ Fogarty (NIH) AIDS International Research and Training Program which has trained more than 50 laboratory and clinical investigators from East Asia. Dr. Mayer has worked increasingly in India and participated in many regional conferences on biological and behavioral approaches to prevention research as well as spearheaded the development of community-based clinical research activities in Asia. He has co-authored more than 300 articles, chapters and other publications on AIDS and related infectious disease topics, and is a frequent lecturer and presenter at national and international conferences and symposia.

Dr. Mayer received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School.

Richard Kauffman, M.D., Researcher
Honorary Board Member

AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta
Physician/Owner, Vinings Family healthcare Center & Internal Medicine
Cambodia Clinical Mentor Volunteer, ICEHA

Dr. Kauffman is actively involved in HIV research with the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta. He has a very busy practice of Internal Medicine at his clinic, The Vinings Family Healthcare Center & Internal Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. His area of interest in HIV medicine lies with the HIV orphans of Southeast Asia. Dr. Kauffman is the founder of the Em Thear Brigade which funds antiretroviral medications for HIV orphans in Cambodia. He has volunteered in Cambodia as a clinical mentor with ICEHA in 2004 and has traveled to Honduras and Belize on various medical missions in 2007.

Dr. Kauffman received his undergraduate degree at Berry College. He studied medicine at the Medical College of Georgia where he also completed his Internal Medicine residency. In his last year of residency, he was chosen to be the Chief Medical Resident in Medicine.