Stephen Lewis (Photo by Farang Ghajar/CBC) and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis (Photo by Davida Nemeroff/Chatelaine)

Our Co-Founders

Stephen Lewis
 
Stephen Lewis is the co-founder and board co-chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. He is a Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University and the co-founder and co-director of the international advocacy organization AIDS-Free World.  
 
Mr. Lewis is a Senior Fellow of the Enough Project. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV & the Law and on the Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy.
 
Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations.
 
From 1970-1978, Mr. Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition.
 
In 2003 Stephen Lewis was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. In 2007, King Letsie III, monarch of the Kingdom of Lesotho (a small mountainous country in Southern Africa) invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order is named for the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country’s highest honour. 
 
Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book, Race Against Time. He holds 41 honorary doctorates: 38 from Canadian universities, plus degrees from Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Miami in the United States.
 
Ilana Landsberg-Lewis
 
In 2003, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis joined with her father, Stephen Lewis, to establish a Foundation that would work directly with grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa in their struggle to turn the tide of AIDS.
 
Ilana Landsberg-Lewis is a labour and human rights lawyer. Prior to the creation of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Ilana spent eight years at the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), working to strengthen the UN’s implementation of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ilana assisted grassroots women’s groups around the world to use human rights conventions in their battles against gender violence. She also co-created a programme to bring grassroots activists into the CEDAW Committee to speak directly to their experiences, a practice so powerful that it is now integrated into CEDAW’s official proceedings. Ilana was instrumental in launching the United Nation’s Trust Fund on Violence Against Women.
 
In 2009, Ilana received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for International Development and was named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada in 2012. She also received the UofT - University College's Alumni of Influence award in 2016.

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