René Coppens joined GARDP in April 2021 as Senior External Relations Manager.
Prior to joining GARDP, René worked for 10 years with the TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI) as Director of External Relations & Resource Mobilization. In this capacity, he was responsible for the strategic planning and operational implementation of interactions with major global funders (private and public) for the foundation’s tuberculosis vaccine R&D activities.
Before his time at TBVI, René worked in several different countries in international business development positions in the private sector.
A Dutch citizen, René earned a Master of Science in International Economics from the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands).