Renée van Kessel Hagesteijn has a background in social sciences (PhD Anthropology Leiden University). She developed vast experience in the domain of ‘changing practices in science and science systems’, by facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation with other science domains (medical and natural sciences) and transdisciplinary cooperation with practitioners. She is a former Director of Social and behavioral sciences at the National Research Council NWO in The Netherlands, director WOTRO Science for Global Development and managing director of the National Initiative on Brain and Cognition (NIHC). She also was the first director of the European and Developing Countries Partnership for Clinical Trials in Infectious Diseases (EDCTP). For several years she played an active role in the Belmont Forum (and its predecessors).
She has been successful in setting up multiple interdisciplinary consortia, public-public and public-private, national and international; and in acquiring co-funds for a multitude of research and innovation projects. Many of these programmes contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. She also contributed to an international Open Science Initiatives (e.g., GO FAIR) and Digital Infrastructures by developing data management policies.
Renée has been a Governing Board member of ISC (in the capacity of Treasurer) from 2018 to 2021.