Shaun Mellors is the Director of Community Stakeholder Engagement in the Government Affairs and Global Public Health team at ViiV Healthcare. His previous position was as the Director of Programmes & Technical at ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme. Before joining ViiV healthcare Shaun worked at Frontline AIDS as the Director of Knowledge & Influence and Associate Director for Africa where he had a strong focus on key populations in Africa.
Shaun has been involved in HIV work at for the last 32 years and has been living with HIV for 37 years. He was actively involved in developing the first post-apartheid South African national HIV strategy and has been integral to the development of the national, regional and international movement of People Living with HIV – co-founder of the National Association of People Living with HIV and the Global Network of People Living with HIV, Global Fund Board Member for the Communities Living with HIV delegation and co-chair of the International Task Team on HIV related restrictions related to entry, stay and residence.
Shaun is passionate about addressing self-stigma – a complex individual barrier that continues to impact people’s abilities to access and benefit from quality health related services. Throughout his career Shaun has championed the rights of those most marginalised and been a strong advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community and adolescents and young people (in their diversity).