Alessandra Nilo
BrazilCo-founder and Executive Director, Gestos

Alessandra Nilo Photo Credit:Todd France Photography, 2012

Alessandra Nilo is a journalist, film director and screenwriter with an academic specialization in communication and health. She is co-founder and Executive Director of Gestos, an HIV and AIDS organization located in Recife, Brazil.

Since 2001, Ms. Nilo has worked to publicize the United Nations General Assembly Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS as a tool to monitor and evaluate the implementation of national HIV policies.

In 2003, she developed the UNGASS-AIDS Forum platform ( in Brazil. This was later expanded to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and is used throughout the world as an advocacy and research tool to support a network of women activists in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Ms. Nilo dedicates her career to increasing women’s influence on decision-making processes at local, national and international levels and full implementation of international commitments on matters related to HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Since 2001, Ms. Nilo has represented civil society in the Brazilian national delegations to the High Level Meetings on HIV, and for the past five years she has been involved with delegations for the Millennium Development Goals, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Population and Development.

Currently she is co-leading the Women Won’t Wait campaign in Brazil and serves on the Board of Directors of ABONG (Brazilian Association of NGOs) and Action Aid Brazil. She is also the Regional Secretariat of LACCASO, the Latin American and Caribbean Council of AIDS Organizations (, and represents NGOs from that region at the Program Coordinating Board of UNAIDS.