Saira is a Senior Program Manager (Product Introduction & Access) at AVAC where she leads the Secretariat for the new Coalition to Accelerate Access to Long-Acting PrEP, which is convened by Unitaid, WHO, UNAIDS, The Global Fund, and PEPFAR (with AVAC as the Secretariat). In this role, Saira works to foster productive relationships across the Coalition’s stakeholders and collaborates to identify sleek approaches to optimizing access to new, long-acting PrEP options.
Prior to joining AVAC, Saira was Senior Strategy Manager at CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations), where she played a lead role in governance both at CEPI and at the COVAX Strategic Coordination Office, the central team that coordinates strategy, governance, and operations across COVAX. Prior to CEPI, Saira was on the Global Markets Team at CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative), where she scoped market-shaping deals to improve access to global health commodities. She started her career in pricing and market access consulting for the Life Sciences industry, spending five years advising multinational pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Saira joined AVAC in October 2023, bringing significant experience in coalition-building, market-shaping and stakeholder management in the global health field. Saira has an MSc from London Business School and a BSc from the London School of Economics.