Chad Hughes

Head of International Development; Regional Director, Mekong


A public health practitioner, Chad has specific expertise in strategic planning for responding to the HIV epidemic, scaling up interventions and monitoring and evaluating programs. From 2001-03 in Nepal he established and coordinated a nationwide HIV prevention program for people who inject drugs. He then moved to Myanmar with the World Health Organization as a technical adviser to the Ministry of Health on drug-related harm reduction and HIV prevention.

Chad joined Burnet to manage a portfolio of programs relating to HIV, and harm reduction programs for people who use alcohol and other drugs. He has worked on HIV programs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific, and has a keen professional interest in involving men to offer responses to the HIV epidemic. In this role, his experience in building young men’s social research skills and participatory approaches to the design and implementation of community-based HIV prevention interventions is invaluable.


  • 2020: Regional Director, Mekong
  • 2017: Deputy Program Director (Disease Elimination), Burnet Institute


  • BSc, (Biomed) Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  • MPH, Monash University, Australia

Projects (11)

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  • SRHIP: Sexual & Reproductive Health Integration Project

  • Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia Program (SKPA)

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