Nittaya Phanuphak is Executive Director at the Institute of HIV Research and Innovation in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr Nittaya graduated with her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 1996. In 2013, she received her PhD in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr Nittaya works actively with community and government partners to enhance access to HIV testing, prevention and treatment in the country. She started her career in the HIV field in 2002 to lead a country-wide prevention of mother-to-child transmission operational study which led Thai guidelines to allow the use of three-drug antiretroviral regimens for pregnant women in 2010. She has deep interest in Key Population-Led Health Services (KPLHS).
She currently works towards the establishment of national accreditation and domestic financing systems for lay providers to ensure KPLHS sustainability. She is the International AIDS Society (IAS) Governing Council Representative of Asia and the Pacific Islands, and previously served as Chief of the SEARCH and PREVENTION units of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre. Dr Nittaya has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles. She serves as the Deputy Editor for the Journal of the International AIDS Society. She also provides ongoing research support to various studies as principal investigator or site-principal investigator.