Alice Welbourn (Founding Director and Chair of Trustees)

AliceLakeLouiseOct2015Alice has worked on international gender and health issues for over 30 years, as a trainer, writer, researcher and activist. After completing a PhD at Cambridge University, she lived and worked in rural areas of East, Southern and West Africa for several years, as an international development consultant. Diagnosed HIV positive in 1992, she wrote a training package on gender, HIV, communication and relationship skills called “Stepping Stones” (, now widely used across Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and beyond.

Alice’s former positions include: former International Chair of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS; former member of the Leadership Council of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS;  former member of the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Network steering committee; former member of the UNAIDS Global Dialogue Platform of women living with HIV; and former co-founder and co-chair of the Sophia Forum, the UK Chapter of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS.

Alice was one of 14 women to be honoured by the WorldYWCA in July 2007 with an award for innovative leadership in the global response to HIV. She received the honour of being elected as the first woman Alumnus of the Year in 2012, by Clare College, Cambridge University. Alice also holds an Honorary University Fellowship at Exeter University Medical School, England, where she is an occasional tutor in medical humanities to undergraduate medical students. In Spring 2015, she was honoured to be nominated as one of 300 women leaders in global health by the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. In December 2016, Alice became one of four new women to be made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.