Brian Brink worked for the Anglo American Group of companies for 33 years and retired as Chief Medical Officer. He strived to enhance the role of the private sector in improving access to sustainable, quality healthcare, particularly in developing countries.
Brink has been involved in tackling HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. He was responsible for guiding Anglo American’s response to HIV/AIDS and TB and represented the private sector on the board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. He is interested in adolescent and gender issues in relation to HIV and AIDS, particularly on how to tackle the underlying reasons for the vulnerability of young women and girls to HIV infection. In recognition of his contribution to the fight against AIDS, Brink was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Witwatersrand.
Brink is an independent director of Discovery Limited, the largest health insurer in South Africa. He is also on the boards of Section 27 (incorporating the AIDS Law Project), Right to Care in South Africa, and GrassrootSoccer in New York.