Alejandra Corao is a physician with a postgraduate degree in pediatrics and a diploma in adolescent medicine. She began her career at the United Nations in 2003 as Sexual and Reproductive Health Advisor at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Office in Venezuela, where she coordinated and managed the Sexual and Reproductive Health program, working actively with governments, civil society–including youth–, academia and the private sector.
In 2012, she was appointed Country Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Venezuela, leading the coordination of the inter-agency and national response on HIV. Since 2015, Dr. Corao joined the Regional Support Team for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama, as Senior Regional Program Advisor. For the past six years, she has dedicated her work to adapting the UNAIDS global vision and global goals into relevant programs that are tailored to the diverse and complex regional contexts and that enable an effective AIDS response at country level, with the involvement of communities of people living with or affected by HIV.
Dr. Corao has been actively involved in the UN reform process at country and regional levels, championing and promoting the integration of innovative prevention programs, treatment optimization, and elimination of stigma and discrimination within the framework of the Universal Health Coverage agenda.
She is considered an advocate for human rights and gender equality and equity, and throughout her career she has strived to place communities and people living with HIV at the center of the AIDS response. She has advocated for the commitments adopted in the 2016 Political Declaration, and the UNAIDS vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths in all regional spaces, at inter-agency, civil society, and governmental levels. For the past 18-years we have seen her commitment to support global, regional, and national HIV responses, to end AIDS as a public health threat, leaving no one behind, as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.