Our new Executive Director: Ton Coenen

Rutgers appointed Mr Ton Coenen as its new executive director. The Supervisory Board views him as a decisive leader, who will take charge of the organisation with a great deal of commitment. Ton Coenen, who is to replace Dianda Veldman, will assume his post on 1 January 2016.

Ton Coenen (1963) was formerly Executive Director of the AIDS Fund, STI AIDS Netherlands and STOP AIDS NOW! for a total of twelve years. His previous career includes positions with both Municipal Health Services (GGD) Netherlands and the Netherlands Foundation for STD Control (Stichting Soabestrijding). Mr Coenen is to remain a Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria till the end of this year. Ton holds master’s degrees in both Health Sciences and Public Management.

‘Given his knowledge, network and many years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, Ton should prove highly valuable in tackling the challenges we face in years to come,’ explained Mrs Andrée van Es, Chair of Rutgers’ Supervisory Board, as the reason why Ton Coenen has been selected.


Ton himself eagerly looks forward to taking over the helm of an organisation which has its roots in the Netherlands, yet promotes the sexual health and rights of people worldwide. ‘Some 200,000 young people in the Netherlands become sexually active each year. And it is vital that they possess the appropriate knowledge and skills. Four out of ten Dutch women have experienced some form of sexual violence or intimidation. Homosexuality remains illegal in almost eighty countries. And some 200 million women worldwide do not receive the level of sexual healthcare they need, while we know that every euro that we invest in sexual and reproductive health yields savings of twenty euro on average. These are but a few examples of the countless challenges we face globally, and the areas in which I shall endeavour to bring about improvements with Rutgers,’ Ton admitted.