Alex Menezes, Senior Vice President, has worked on public health policy and advocacy for nearly 20 years. He currently leads the GHS office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to joining GHS, he worked at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, where he developed the organization’s Brazil program, including partnerships with the Ministry of Health and leading NGOs. As a Director in the Country and Regional Programs Department, based in New York, he also provided technical oversight for IAVI’s civil society and community engagement efforts in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, China, and India. He is a board member of AVAC, a New York-based HIV prevention advocacy organization.
Alex was involved in Brazil’s civil society response to AIDS as a Program Director for Grupo Pela Vidda/ RJ, managing the organization’s HIV prevention, care and advocacy programs. At IDAC, another Brazilian NGO, Alex supported a pioneer network that provided mental health care for people living with AIDS and their families. He has a degree in Psychology from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ) and obtained two Master’s in communications from New York University (NYU) and The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).