amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Bill Roedy

Bill Roedy

Joined the amfAR board in October 2010. Is active in a wide range of corporate social responsibility issues, particularly those that target young people. Was honored with amfAR’s Award of Courage in 2007 for his longtime commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Roedy is former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team created a global operation of 200 channels and 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of two billion. Previously, Mr. Roedy was a Vice President for HBO for ten years, and was inducted as one of the “Pioneers” of the cable industry. Earlier he was a career officer in the U.S. Army where he qualified as Airborne Ranger and was a decorated combat veteran in Vietnam. He also commanded nuclear missile bases as part of NATO. Mr. Roedy serves on several global health and academic boards and is chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources to fight the epidemic at the grassroots level, in combination with MTV’s award-winning HIV/AIDS programming. In 1998, he was named Ambassador for UNAIDS. He was a founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative. Among his awards, he has received the International Emmy Founder Award, two honorary doctorate degrees, and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Roedy holds degrees from West Point and Harvard and is the author of What Makes Business Rock.

He lives in a converted church in London with his Austrian wife, Alexandra, and their four children.