Dr Gilks is an International Public Health specialist and Clinical Academic.
Currently Dr Gilks is Head of the School of Population Health at The University of Queensland. Previously he was head of UNAIDS in India, providing leadership and political advocacy for the joint UN response to HIV in a complex political environment, managing the ten UN cosponsors and fundraising for programme support with multiple stakeholders.
He graduated in Politics from Cambridge, did his clinical medicine in London (UCL), received a Masters in Medical Parasitology (LSHTM) before completing his DPhil on Malaria at Oxford. Following dual-track clinical training in adult and paediatric medicine, he specialised in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine. He was Professor of Tropical Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, then Professor of International Public Health at Imperial, as he was seconded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to WHO. His country postings include Brazil, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and India.