Director of Operations
Dr. Depraetere obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Leuven. Following her doctoral studies, she worked as a postdoctoral scientist before transitioning into industry, as senior scientist at the diagnostic company RSR, Cardiff UK. Subsequently, Dr. Depraetere worked as senior scientist preclinical development at Thrombogenics, Belgium. She joined the global regulatory affairs department of GSK Biologicals in 2006 where she led an international team. Dr. Depraetere has extensive experience in vaccine development and regulatory affairs, having worked for more than 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2016, she joined the European Vaccine Initiative, where she coordinates several projects and is committed to strengthen EVI’s position as a solid and sustainable organization, with the main focus on supporting the development of vaccines for diseases of poverty, neglected and emerging diseases. In March 2019 she took up the position of Acting Executive Eirector at EVI and since January 2020 is Director of Operations.