Regional Director, East Africa
Bonnie Bender leads IAVI’s Nairobi office, where she oversees IAVI’s operations and activities across five African countries. IAVI’s Africa program provides oversight, management and support to the IAVI-sponsored clinical trial network, laboratory network and clinical research portfolio on the continent. It also oversees community engagement, research preparedness, policy and advocacy activities. Since 2003, Bender has served in several roles in IAVI’s East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, including Senior Director of Programs and Operations, where she led the design and implementation of IAVI’s non-R&D portfolio of activities in Africa. Prior to her move to Kenya, she worked in various roles at IAVI’s headquarters in New York, and she helped the organization launch its Vaccine Preparedness program. Bender holds a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.