amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Bill Roedy

ROEDY.jpgJoined the amfAR board in October 2010. Serves on the board development and communications/social media/marketing committees. Is active in a wide range of corporate social responsibility issues, particularly those that target young people.

Mr. Roedy is the former chairman and chief executive officer of MTV Networks International (MTVNI), where he and his team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people and launching the most channels in the history of television. Previously, Mr. Roedy was a vice president for HBO for 10 years, and was inducted as one of the “Pioneers” of the U.S. cable industry. Earlier he was a career officer and Airborne and Army Ranger in the U.S. Army, and was a decorated combat veteran in Vietnam. He also commanded nuclear missile bases in Italy as part of NATO during the Cold War.

Mr. Roedy serves as the chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, which empowers young people to fight HIV/AIDS at the grassroots level, in combination with MTV’s award-winning HIV/AIDS programming. He also serves on the boards of HealthRight International, Fitzmi, The Hawn Foundation (Goldie Hawn), Global Health Corps, Westminster College, and the American School in London, and on the advisory boards of Baruch College and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. His business roles include Zumba (healthy lifestyle), Moshi Monsters, Lionsgate Entertainment, Ping4 (mobile alerts), DJZ, and the private equity advisory boards of TowerBrook (NY/London) and ClearVue (Shanghai).

In 1998, Mr. Roedy was named ambassador for UNAIDS and he has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic. He was a founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee, and was appointed as an Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI) in 2010. He recently joined the Council on Foreign Relations.

His numerous awards include the Individual Business Leadership Award presented by President Bill Clinton, the International Emmy Founder’s Award, the Doctors of the World Leadership Award, the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award presented by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2009, and amfAR’s Award of Courage. Mr. Roedy earned a B.S. from West Point and an M.B.A from Harvard University. He is one of the executive producers of the 2013 HBO documentary film The Battle of amfAR. He is also the author of What Makes Business Rock—one of CNBC’s Best Books of Summer in 2011— and is working on a second book on the art of intelligent perseverance.

He and his Austrian wife, Alexandra, have four children and live in a converted church in London, England.