Executive Director Europe, IAVI

Hester Kuipers leads the IAVI team and office from its base in Amsterdam, overseeing the policy, advocacy, resource mobilization, and communications programs, as well as IAVI’s relations in Europe with donors, government representatives, researchers, civil society, and the press. Kuipers joined IAVI Europe in 2006, initially as director of Communications and from 2010 as director of Advocacy & Communications. Previously, Kuipers was a director at Excerpta Medica, an Elsevier Science company providing services in scientific publications and medical communications. She started her career as an immunology scientist, at the University of Cambridge and at Novartis Pharma Ltd.