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Stephen Lewis    

Celebrated Humanitarian and Former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Mr. Stephen Lewis is the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World (www.aidsfreeworld.org), an international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS.

Stephen Lewis work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-Generals Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organizations global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations.

In addition to his work with AIDS-Free World, Mr. Lewis is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. He recently served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law; the Commissions landmark report was released in July 2012.

Mr. Lewis serves as the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada, and he is a Senior Fellow of the Enough Project. He is an immediate past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

Stephen Lewis is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest honor for lifetime achievement. In 2005, Mr. Lewis was named by TIME magazine as one of the One hundred most influential people in the world (he was cited in the category which included The Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela). In 2007, King Letsie III, monarch of the Kingdom of Lesotho (a small mountainous country in Southern Africa) invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order is named for the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country's highest honor.

Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book," Race Against Time." He holds 36 honorary degrees from Canadian universities, as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

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An Evening with Stephen Lewis

A masterful orator, Stephen Lewis enthralls with keynotes on the fight against disease and poverty in the developing world: clarion calls that bring audiences to their feet-- sometimes to tears-- and that get them, whether citizens, governments, or corporations, to take action. He can speak generally about the developing world, or to specific issues, such as HIV/AIDS, economic development, climate change, and a myriad of other topics. He carefully tailors his speeches, enlivens them with anecdotes and humor, and is never ashamed of the emotion that may overtake him. Without doubt, he is one of history's great humanitarians.

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