Sir George Alleyne, OCC, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P. (Hon), DSc (Hon), a native of Barbados, became Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 1 February 1995 and completed a second four-year term on 31 January 2003. In 2003 he was elected Director Emeritus of the PASB. In February 2003, Mr. Kofi Annan, then Secretary General of the United Nations appointed him as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. He was reconfirmed in this position by the current Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. In October 2003 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He currently holds an Adjunct professorship on the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Alleyne has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including prestigious decorations and national honors from many countries of the Americas. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.