Mandeep Dhaliwal is the Director of UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Team. Dr. Dhaliwal brings to the organization over 20 years of experience working on HIV, health, human rights and evidence-based policy and programming in low-and middle-income countries. She is a member of the Human Rights Reference Group for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Dr. Dhaliwal, a physician and lawyer, joined UNDP in 2008 as the Cluster Leader: Human Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversities in the HIV/AIDS Team. She was the architect and team leader for the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Prior to joining UNDP, she was a senior adviser to the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute’s Special Programme on HIV/ AIDS.
From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Dhaliwal worked for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Policy, Research and Good Practice Team in the United Kingdom where she focused on issues of HIV care and treatment in developing countries. She was instrumental in expanding the International HIV/AIDS Alliance’s technical support and policy work on issues of HIV care, treatment and support in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. While at the Alliance, she led the development of an operations research initiative in Zambia on community engagement for anti-retroviral treatment.
From 1993 to 2000, she worked on HIV and human rights issues in India, including as the founding Coordinator of the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit, a leading human rights organization, establishing the Unit’s legal aid, public interest litigation, legal literacy, capacity building, research and advocacy work.
Dr. Dhaliwal is a British national and did her studies at the University of Ottawa in Canada.