Peter van Rooijen

Peter van Rooijen is the Executive Director of International Civil Society Support (ICSS).

Peter van Rooijen was trained as a clinical psychologist and has been involved in the HIV/AIDS response since 1984, starting as a volunteer, a psychotherapist and director of Care Services at the Schorer Foundation. In 1992, he joined the National Committee on AIDS Control, advisory Committee of the Dutch government, followed by his appointment as director of the Aids Fonds. He was the executive director of Aids Fonds from 1993-2005 and of STOP AIDS NOW! that he founded in 2000 (both organizations merged in 2017).

From April 2005-April 2007, Peter served on the Board of the Global Fund as the Board member for the Developed Country NGOs. In that capacity he was a member and later Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC) and led the oversight of the Office of the Inspector General. He is currently still actively involved in the delegation.

As an AIDS advocate in the Netherlands, Europe and globally, he has been engaged in building a number of HIV/AIDS organizations and initiatives. In his role with Aids Fonds, he offered ongoing early support to the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+), both through funding and secondment of staff. He introduced to Dutch and European ministers the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) to build support for vaccine and microbicide development. Under his leadership, Aids Fonds provided significant support to amFAR’s TREAT Asia initiative and helped establish the PharmAccess Foundation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care in resource-limited countries. In his capacity as executive director of STOP AIDS NOW!, he was a founding partner of Dance4Life, a global initiative focusing on mobilizing youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Finally, Peter co-founded the Stop AIDS Alliance to advocate for improved HIV/AIDS policies and funding from the European Commission. He was also involved in the establishment of the World AIDS Campaign (now WACI Health) and AIDS Action Europe, the European network for HIV/AIDS NGOs. In all these years, he worked closely with the Dutch government on the national and international HIV/AIDS agenda and was the Chair of De Grote Onderneming (DGO) for 6 years, a Dutch NGO that advocates for enhanced engagement of the business sector to support the fight against HIV/AIDS and that organizes the annual fundraiser the “Amsterdam Dinner”.

Since 2006, he has headed International Civil Society Support, an NGO that facilitates the Free Space Process, a partnership of the 11 global civil society and community HIV networks, and the Global Fund Advocates Network, that brings together more than 400 individuals and organizations from the global North and South in advocating for a fully funded and effective Global Fund.

Currently he serves on the Boards of i+solutions, the Health Insurance Fund, PharmAccess, the Amsterdam Health & Technology Institute and the Joep Lange Institute.

For his work in HIV/AIDS, Peter was awarded a Royal decoration (Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Amsterdam.