Executive Director, Pacific Friends of The Global Fund

Bill Bowtell AO

Bill Bowtell AO

Bill Bowtell is a strategic policy adviser with a particular interest in national and international health policy structures and reform. He trained as a diplomat, with postings in Portugal, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe.

As senior adviser to the Australian health minister, Bill played a significant role in the introduction of the Medicare health insurance system in 1984 and was an architect of Australia’s successful and well-regarded response to HIV and AIDS. Between 1994 and 1996 Bill was senior political adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia. He maintains a close interest in the potential impact of HIV and other communicable diseases on the social, economic and political development of the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 2005 Bill has been director of the HIV/AIDS Project at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and since 2009 he has been executive director of Pacific Friends of the Global Fund, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In these positions, he has sought to increase knowledge and awareness of the challenges posed globally and to the Pacific region by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. He has written and broadcast extensively on these subjects and participated in many international and Australian conferences and seminars, especially in relation to HIV and AIDS.