Brian Brink worked for the Anglo American Group of companies for 33 years. He retired as Chief Medical Officer at the end of 2014. Dr. Brink strived to enhance the role of the private sector as a partner in improving access to sustainable, quality healthcare, particularly in developing countries.
Dr. Brink has been actively 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, both in the workplace and in communities associated with the company’s operations. On a broader scale, Dr. Brink has represented the Private Sector on the board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. He has an active interest in adolescent and gender issues in relation to HIV and AIDS, particularly on how to tackle the underlying reasons for the extraordinary vulnerability of young women and girls to HIV infection.
In recognition of his contribution to the fight against AIDS, particularly in the private sector, Dr. Brink was awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine by the University of the Witwatersrand in December 2014.
Dr. Brink is an independent director of Discovery Limited, the largest health insurer in South Africa, which has interests in the US, UK and Asia. He also sits on the boards of various NGOs involved in health and human rights including “Section 27 (incorporating the AIDS Law Project)” and “Right to Care” in South Africa; and “GrassrootSoccer” based in New York.