Senior Africa Regional Director

Laurie Bruns is the Senior Africa Regional Director for the UCLA Center for World Health. She has master’s degrees in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and in Biology from UCLA. Ms. Bruns leads a one-year fellowship program on “Leadership in HIV and Gender Based Violence Prevention” in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the Human Sciences Research Council. She is also a collaborating partner on a UKZN-led “Access to Higher Education and Skills Development” initiative designed to improve young women’s access to higher education and foster better sexual and reproductive health outcomes for young people. Previous to her position with the UCLA Center for World Health, she was the Senior Regional HIV and AIDS Coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) based in Pretoria, South Africa. In this position, she was responsible for the development, implementation, and integration of refugee HIV and AIDS programs in eight countries in Southern Africa, as well as providing training in Africa and Asia on HIV, human rights, and strategic planning for refugee communities, implementing partners, and government counterparts.