For Immediate Release
Jan. 7, 2015
WATERLOO – Alan Whiteside, a researcher and professor affiliated with Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of International Policy and Governance, was recently named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), a designation granted by the British Crown.
Whiteside, who currently holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), was recognized “for services and strategic interventions to curb HIV/AIDS,” receiving the distinction as part of the United Kingdom’s annual New Year Honours. “
I am thrilled and delighted to be recognized in this way and I acknowledge the many people who contributed to the work for which I am being honoured,” said Whiteside. “I am thoroughly enjoying my new position in Canada — even the winter — and I’m looking forward to continuing the work I began in South Africa at Laurier and the BSIA.”
The OBE recognizes service to the arts and sciences, public services and work with charitable and welfare organizations. Founded in 1917 to recognize military service, the Order is now used to pay tribute to people making outstanding contributions in a variety of fields.
Whiteside is internationally known for his work in HIV/AIDS research, holding a variety of fellowships and official and academic positions. He is a professor emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and in 2003 was appointed to the United Nations’ Commission for HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. Whiteside has published several globally recognized books and articles on HIV/AIDS, including the co-authored AIDS: The Challenge for South Africa, AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalization and his own HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction.
Whiteside joined Laurier in 2012 from UKZN, where he established the university’s Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division in 1998. He teaches and conducts research — currently focusing on the economic and development impact of HIV/AIDS — at the BSIA, which was established in 2007 as a collaborative venture between Laurier, the University of Waterloo and CIGI.
“Dr. Whiteside’s contributions to advancing research on HIV/AIDS have had a significant impact and he is a top global scholar in the field,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier vice-president: academic, provost and acting vice-president: research. “It is an exceptional honour to be recognized with an OBE and I extend him my sincere congratulations on behalf of Laurier.”
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