Ben Plumley is Founder and Global Health Strategist at Hunuvat Global, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of all global citizens by bringing the benefits of biotechnology to all. Ben was previously Manager, Community Partnerships and Public Health at Chevron. From 2010 to 2017 Ben led Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, a leading global HIV-focused, non-profit consulting organization, overseeing a diverse set of HIV prevention and treatment programs.
Ben is a health and development strategist and advocate, dedicated to the global fight against AIDS. Beginning in the late 1980s he worked with London’s HIV positive community –- particularly HIV positive refugees from Eastern Africa. His career has subsequently spanned the private sector, United Nations, and non-governmental organizations. Most recently he was Vice President for Global Access and Partnerships with Johnson & Johnson, forging innovative public private collaborations to develop and deliver AIDS-related technological breakthroughs for developing countries –- including an innovative public-private sector collaboration with the TB Alliance to co-develop the first new TB treatment in forty years.
Ben previously served as the Director of the UNAIDS Executive Office from 2003 to 2006. In this role he supported the Executive Director, Dr Peter Piot, managing high-level political and management issues, including the formation of UNAIDS’ policies on HIV Prevention and HIV services for injecting drug users.
In 2001 he founded the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, growing the organization’s membership from 17 to 170 companies. In the 1990s, Ben worked for Glaxo Wellcome and the UK Government’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority.
Born in the UK and educated at Cambridge University, he was deeply involved in the UK’s emerging response to AIDS, working with a number of London-based charities, including as a buddy volunteer for the Terence Higgins Trust.