Dominique De Santis

Head of Communications
GARDP

Dominique is a communications and public relations professional with 20 years experience working in both public and private sectors, focusing on health and development issues. Her areas of expertise include corporate communications, media relations, branding, digital marketing, campaign development and events management.

Since 1994, she has worked for various UN agencies  (WHO, UNAIDS, and Unicef), PR firms, the Global Fund, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Unitaid and an environmental NGO in the US and Geneva. Working in highly complex settings, her responsibilities included developing and implementing communications strategies, crafting corporate messaging, media relations, and managing global campaigns and events.

Throughout her career, Dominique has worked closely with PR and design agencies to build the profile and brand of various organizations. She has also worked in PR agencies in the US and Geneva, managing a range of global health, development and pharmaceutical clients, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In her most recent role as communications consultant at the Global Fund, Dominique was a key driver in helping to make the 6th Replenishment a success by positioning the Global Fund as a leader in innovate private sector engagement. She implemented a multimedia strategy to promote the impact of the Global Fund’s private sector partnerships. Working closely with designers and a filmmaker, she produced a wide range of content in English and French, including press releases, fact sheets, short films and an animation for the website and social media.

Dominique graduated with a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a major in international politics and concentration in European studies. She completed an executive masters in corporate and marketing communications from IE University in Madrid in 2018. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.


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