Kamiar Alaei, MD, DrPH, MPH, MS, MST is the co-founder of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. He is an expert on HIV/AIDS, drug policy and International Health and Human Rights.

He and his brother Arash co-founded the first "Triangular Clinic" for three target groups in Iran (drug users, HIV patients, and STD cases), documented by the World Health Organization as a "Best Practice Model" for HIV/AIDS and injecting drug users prevention and care. Dr. Alaei’s extensive experience in both global health policy and international human rights law allows him to focus on the intersections between international health and international law, while remaining sensitive to the needs and realities of vulnerable target groups including rights of prisoners. His area of expertise, focusing on HIV/AIDS policy and drug policy through an academic perspective with a concentration on the central America, Middle East and Central Asia. In addition to WHO/CAIRO, he has served as a consultant or temporary advisor to the World Health Organization in Pan American Region (PAHO) to expand health and human rights training programs in prison system. Kamiar Alaei received his Medical Doctorate (MD) from Isfahan Medical University and his Master of Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology from Tehran Medical University – two of the top universities in Iran – his Master of Science in International Health from Harvard University, and his doctoral degree on Health Policy and Management from University at Albany. He is currently completing his degree in International Human Rights Law at University of Oxford.


Arash Alaei, M.D, is the co-founder of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. He is a physician who broke the existing national silence regarding HIV/AIDS in a very conservative Muslim country like Iran with the help of his brother Kamiar Alaei using the Triangular Clinic model.

He and his brother extended their work on HIV/AIDS in other countries such as Afghanistan and Tajikistan by implementing regional training workshops. They have been successful in motivating other Muslim countries to break the existing silence regarding HIV/AIDS by inviting them to visit their Triangular Clinics in Iran. Dr. Alaei and his brother promoted their scientific collaborations with American experts through establishing regional workshops on HIV/AIDS and inviting well known international experts from Harvard, Yale and Maryland to be partners in these programs. He also continued his cooperation with U.S. scientists to foster medical diplomacy between Iran and the U.S. The brothers also organized summer exchange programs for American students to visit Iran and work with Iranian students on various health and human rights related projects. This international student network strongly influenced Americans and second generation Iranians living in the US by cultivating youth interest in Iran. In recognition of their work, Dr. Arash Alaei and his brother Kamiar were awarded the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights by the Global Health Council in June 2011 and World Health Organization/PAHO gave its first Health and Human Rights awards to them in December 2012.