Mr Ernest Massiah is Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for the Caribbean. He took up his appointment in March 2010.
Ernest Massiah started his career at the CARICOM Secretariat working on regional health policy. He was involved in the first Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) in the Caribbean in the late 1980s. He worked for five years as a health specialist at the World Bank on the design and supervision of HIV and population projects in West Africa where he was involved in the development of some of the Bank’s first regional AIDS strategies.
Mr Massiah worked over ten years with the Inter-American Development Bank as the lead advisor on HIV and Disability and worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean on lending operations, policy dialogues in addition to directing a wide research portfolio. In 2006, he served as Special Advisor to PANCAP to help coordinate its regional AIDS programmes.
Prior to joining UNAIDS, Mr Massiah was the Head of the health section at the Commonwealth Secretariat leading a programme that covered 53 countries in 4 sub regions.
Mr Massiah studied at the Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Waterloo in Canada and holds a doctorate in public health.