RICHARD ELOVICH, holds a Ph.D. in medical sociology and a Masters in Public Health. He is a specialist in policy and program development on HIV/AIDS and substance use with over fifteen years experience in the U.S. and internationally. Since 2003, he has led needs assessments and developed HIV programs for international donors, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations throughout the former Soviet Union and Asia, with a particular focus on most at risk populations.

In New York, he was Director of HIV Prevention for GMHC, the oldest and largest non-governmental AIDS organization in the U.S. In 2008 he was awarded the Marisa De Castro Benton Prize by Columbia University for distinguished scholarship and research and outstanding contribution to the sociomedical sciences. Until January, 2010, he was a visiting Research Fellow at the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences at Columbia University.