Goodbyes and welcomes at ICSS

International Civil Society Support (ICSS) has begun a new year and with it there have been a number of transitions: we wanted to take this opportunity to welcome new colleagues and pass on best wishes to departing colleagues.

As Rico Gustav has taken up his new role as ED of GNP+, we have recently welcomed Javier Hourcade Bellocq (based in Buenos Aires, Argentina) as Senior Policy Advisor (CSSN).

Rico has been with ICSS since June 2017, as the Senior Policy Adviser, CSSN. Before becoming part of the ICSS team, Rico was the Executive Director ad interim for Global Network of People Living with HIV as well as Community Development Manager (GNP+). We wish him well in his return to GNP+ and look forward to working with him in his new role. The ICSS team is grateful for his great insight, advice, support and friendship over the years.

Javier started working on HIV in 1988 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is a founding member of the Argentinean and Latin American PLWH Network. As many of you who know him well, Javier has served on my international and regional boards, committees and working groups including GNP+, the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board and the Global Fund Board as well as being a staff member at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance for 13 years. Currently, Javier serves as the Civil Society Representative in the GFATM LAC Board Delegation, and he is the Chair of the Global Network of People living with HIV. Javier is looking forward to the work of CSSN because the realities of rushed transitions and poor sustainability planning hits civil society hardest and he believes that the work of CSSN to translate the concerns of civil society and to protect community organizations and their ability to continue to do their work is critical. Javier can be reached at jb@icssuppor.org

Secondly, in a new position for ICSS, at the end of 2018, we welcomed Sive Stofile (based in Johannesburg, South Africa) as ICSS Grants Manager.

Before joining ICSS, Sive worked in grants management for the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and prior to that at a government agency established to invest in biotechnology research and start-up companies as well as in a project management role for an NGO focusing on youth development and child welfare. Sive brings significant technical experience in writing grant proposals and frameworks to monitor the progress of the programmes and identifying and addressing risks, challenges and opportunities central to the success of the investments. Sive will support the ICSS team across our 3 networks (GFAN, the Free Space Process and the Civil Society and Sustainability Network) to improve our operational capacity and specifically will be engaging in our work as a technical partner of the New Venture Fund for Global Fund Advocacy.  Sive can be reached at ss@icssupport.org

…and lastly (but certainly not least!) Meaghan Derynck.

As many of you know, with the end of our formal role as the TB High Level Meeting Communities and Civil Society Platform, so too we said goodbye to Meaghan Derynck at the end of 2018. Meaghan was with ICSS/GFAN for almost 3 years in several capacities: covering maternity leaves during 2016 and 2017, and since mid-2017, leading our efforts to facilitate an open, accessible platform for discussion and joint action for advocates ahead of the TB HLM. In her 3 years here, Meaghan helped to build and shape our family of GFAN advocates.