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
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
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.
How have you personally developed with the organization?
I have been fortunate and privileged to work for strong leaders throughout my time in the business. I joined AES in August 2016 to run the South African business, and with the support of my local team, was able to grow and move forward. I have been given the opportunity to take on more responsibility over the last five years, which has brought me to my current role in global delivery. Treating our patients, colleagues and customers with respect is key.
What makes you happy to be part of AES?
Simply the impact of our work. I enjoy seeing my team develop and grow. Watching the progress of all those with whom I have worked over the last five years and their development within and outside of our organization is very rewarding.
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!