History of ASAP

ASAP emerged out of the first International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), Canberra in August 1990.
ASAP has an Executive Committee (ExCo) which is a guardian and overseer of ASAP. ASAP also has a Public Officer who is responsible for assuring that ASAP activities and elections respect and uphold integrity and commitment to constitution and Operating Guidelines. ASAP has elected President and Vice President of two-years tenure. They are volunteers like ExCo members. ASAP permanent Secretariat is in Bangkok, Thailand.
ASAP member organisations are found in countries throughout Asia and the Pacific region.

Founder of ASAP and First President

From Year 1990 to 1996

Professor John Dwyer AO, PhD, FRACP, Doc Uni (Hon) ACU
Immunologist and Emeritus Professor UNSW
Achievements:
ICAAP1 (Canberra, Australia)
ICAAP2 (New Delhi, India)
ICAAP3 (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
ICAAP4 (Manila, Philippines)

Past Presidents of ASAP

From Year 1996 to 2001

Dr. Roy Chan
Past President and Honorary member of ASAP
Founder and President of Action for AIDS Singapore (1988)
Regional Director of International Union against STI Asia Pacific Branch
Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, National University of Singapore
Achievements:
ICAAP5 (Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia)
ICAAP6 (Melbourne, Austalia)

From Year 2001 to 2005

Dennis Altman
Professor of Politics
Director of Institute for Human Security, LaTrobe University, Melbourne
Member of Governing Council of International AIDS Society (2004)
Board Member of Oxfam Australia
Achievement:
ICAAP7 (Kobe, Japan)

From Year 2005 to 2009

Myung-Hwan Cho
Professor, Dept. of Life Science
College of Science, Konkuk University, South Korea
Achievements:
ICAAP8 (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
ICAAP9 (Bali, Indonesia)

From Year 2009 to 2011

Zahid Hussein
President
Sustainable Resource Foundation (SuRF), Pakistan
Achievements:
ICAAP10 (Busan Republic of South Korea)

Vice Presidents

Marina Mahathir (From Year 2001 to 2005)
Dr Tasnim Azim (Bangladesh) (From Year 2005 to 2007)
Assoc: Professor Elizabeth Dax (Australia) (From Year 2007 to 2009)
Professor Sukhontha Kongsin (Thailand) (From Year 2009-2011)

Executive Committee Members

From Year 2001 to 2003

Anthony Pramuairatana (Thailand)
Carlos L Calica (Philippines)
Hiroshi Hasegawa (Japan)
Marina Mahathir (Malaysia)
Myung-Hwan Cho (South Korea)
N M Samuel (India)
Oi Chu Lin (Hong Kong)
Roy Chan (Singapore)
Tasnim Azim (Bangladesh)
Werasit Sittitrai (Thailand)
Zhang Kong-Lai (China)

From Year 2003 to 2005

Anthony Pramuairatana (Thailand)
Anita Jowett (New Caledonia)
Carlos L Calica (Philippines)
Clement Malau (Papua New Guinea)
Dennis Altman (Australia)
Edward Cowley (New Zealand), (Member to 2004)
Hiroshi Hasegawa (Japan)
Kong-Lai Zhang (China), (Member to 2004)
Marina Mahathir (Malaysia)
Masahiro Kihara (Japan)
Myung-Hwan Cho (South Korea)
Oi Chu Lin (Hong Kong)
Roy Chan (Singapore)
Takashi Kurimura (Japan)
Tasnim Azim (Bangladesh)
Zahid Hussein (Pakistan)
Zubairi Djoerban (Indonesia)

From Year 2005 to 2007

Dennis Altman (Australia)
Elizabeth Dax (Australia)
Kamanee Hapugalle (Sri Lanka)
Lok Prakash (India)
Myung-Hwan Cho (South Korea)
Oi-Chu Lin (Hong Kong PRC)
Tasnim Azim (Bangladesh)
Zahid Hussein (Pakistan)

From Year 2007 to 2009

Abdullah Denovan (Indonesia)
Dennis Altman (Australia)
Elizabeth Dax (Australia)
Lok Prakash (India)
Myung-Hwan Cho (South Korea)
Oi-Chu Lin (Hong Kong PRC)
Rachael Le Mesurier (New Zealand)
Roy Chan (Singapore)
Shiv Khare (Thailand)
Sukhontha Kongsin (Thailand)
Tasnim Azim (Bangladesh)
Zahid Hussein (Pakistan)

From Year 2009 to 2010

Myung-Hwan Cho (South Korea)
Oi-Chu Lin (Hong Kong PRC)
Rachael Le Mesurier (New Zealand)
Roy Chan (Singapore)
Shiv Khare (Thailand)
Sukhontha Kongsin (Thailand)
Zahid Hussein (Pakistan)
Andrew Tan (Malaysia)
Chizuko Ikegami (Japan)
Mr Steve Kraus (UNAIDS Representative, Thailand)
Dr. Praphan Phanuphak (IAS Representative,Thailand)
J.V.R Prasada Rao (Pulbic Officer, India)

From Year 2010 to 2011

Myung-Hwan Cho (South Korea)
Oi-Chu Lin (Hong Kong PRC)
Roy Chan (Singapore)
Shiv Khare (Thailand)
Sukhontha Kongsin (Thailand)
Zahid Hussein (Pakistan)
Andrew Tan (Malaysia)
Chizuko Ikegami (Japan)
N.M. Samuel (India)
Shale Ahmed (Bangladesh)
Mr Steve Kraus (UNAIDS Representative, Thailand)
Dr. Praphan Phanuphak (IAS Representative,Thailand)
J.V.R Prasada Rao (Pulbic Officer, India)

Former UN Representative

Weerasit Sittitrai (WHO, then UNAIDS)
J.V.R Prasada Rao (UNAIDS Regional Director)

Former IAS Representative

N.M. Samuel (India)
Aikichi Iwamoto (Japan) (2007-2009)

Former Public Officer

John Dwyer (Australia)

Past Executive Directors

Mukul Sharma (year 2010)
Scott Hearnden (year 2003 to 2009)
Jacob Yeo (Executive Officer of year 2001 to 2007)

Former Supporting Team

Marina Mahathir (ICAAP9 Liasion person)
May Supattra Pisetpattanakul (Operation Manager from year 2008 to 2010)
Julie Hyejin Shin (Assistant to President and Finance Manager of year 2009)
Nicolette Chatelier Prugsamatz (EAFCC and Regional Coordinator from year 2010 to 2011)

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