Joanne Csete

Joanne Csete

Joanne Csete is a London-based senior program officer with the Open Society FoundationsGlobal Drug Policy Program. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Columbia University’s Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, where she taught full-time prior to joining OSF.

Previously, Joanne was executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. She was also the founding director of the HIV/AIDS program at Human Rights Watch, where she helped build a research program on AIDS-related human rights violations faced by women and girls, people who use drugs, prisoners, sex workers and men who have sex with men.

Joanne worked in sub-Saharan Africa for over 10 years. As program coordinator of the UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, she helped reorient UNICEF’s country programs in the most HIV-affected region of the world to account for changing realities of HIV/AIDS.

From 1988 to 1993, she was an assistant professor of International Development Studies and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Joanne is the author of numerous articles, policy briefs and book chapters on HIV and human rights themes. She holds a doctorate from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.