DNA purple background

AES Employee Stories

Riaan Van Tonder

Vice President, Global Delivery, United States

Dr. Riaan van Tonder leads the global project delivery team for AES. A medical doctor by training, he worked in the public and private health sectors in both South Africa and the United Kingdom before joining the pharmaceutical industry in 2007. He has held various positions of leadership in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries before joining AES in 2016. Riaan holds a bachelor of medicine and surgery (MBChB) degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, a diploma in obstetrics from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, and a master’s degree in business leadership from the University of South Africa.

I am responsible for global delivery. Our team collaborates very closely with site operations and supports projects from feasibility through startup, recruitment, retention and eventual study closeout.

More about Riaan

I can visibly see how the work we do within AES impacts health care. We are truly on the cutting edge of science and development, and I am especially proud of the impact we have had in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

My boys understand that the work we do means progress in the development of vaccines. My 7-year-old telling his teacher his dad is busy saving the world was at the same time both embarrassing and one of the proudest moments of my career!