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Board Member Named One of “Time 100”

Seth Berkley is just the latest of Academy luminaries cited by the magazine.

Published May 29, 2009

Seth Berkley, Eric Lander

Seth Berkley and Eric Lander

Academy Board member Seth Berkley, founder, president, and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. IAVI is a global not-for-profit organization that operates in 24 countries to develop safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. Prior to founding IAVI in 1996, Berkley was the associate director of the Health Sciences Division at The Rockefeller Foundation. He is an adjunct professor of Public Health at Columbia University and an adjunct professor of Medicine at Brown University. In addition, Berkley sits on a number of international steering committees and corporate and not-for-profit boards and has consulted or worked in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Berkley isn’t the first NYAS member to be named to the Time list; MIT biology professor Eric Lander, a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology and a NYAS member since 1998, made the list in 2004 for his work on the Human Genome Project.