BESydney Ambassador Professor David Cooper AO

21 March 2018

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) would like to express our condolences at the sad passing of Scientia Professor David Cooper AO.

Professor Cooper had been a BESydney Ambassador since 2007. He had a long history with our organisation and was a tireless supporter of bringing global talent to our shores. He led the successful bid to bring the International Aids Society Conference to Sydney in 2007, for which he worked alongside BESydney and his friend and colleague Bill Bowtell AO – a fellow Ambassador.

Professor Cooper, Founding Director of the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), was a pioneer and global leader in HIV and infectious disease research.

He was among the first responders when the HIV epidemic reached Australia in the 1980s, and remained a pivotal figure in the ongoing fight against the disease for over 30 years – initiating groundbreaking research that has saved hundreds of lives. He played a leading role in many of the key trials that led to the use of life-saving treatments now widely available to people with HIV all over the world.

In 2003, he was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for ‘service to medicine as a clinician, researcher and leading contributor in the field of HIV/AIDS research and to the development of new treatment approaches.’

Head of the BESydney Ambassador Program, Monica Varga, said: “David was one of our very first Ambassadors, and a huge advocate of our work for over a decade. It was a great privilege to work with him, and his contribution to the global fight against HIV will never be forgotten.”

Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO BESydney, added: “Prof David Cooper AO was an extraordinary individual, whose passing has brought great sadness to our Sydney family and the global community. On behalf of all at BESydney, our deepest condolences go out to his wife Dorrie and their daughters Becky and Ilana at this time.”

Vale David and thank you!

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