Chair, International Board of Directors
Vice Chair, International Board of Directors
President & CEO
Derek Rapp is President and Chief Executive Officer of JDRF. Prior to his appointment in 2014, Derek served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for JDRF International and was formally JDRF Research Chair. He has been involved in the research funding and oversight activities of JDRF since 2005.
From early 2001 until February 2011, Derek was Chief Executive Officer of Divergence, Inc., a science-based company finding solutions in the prevention and control of pest infections. He led the successful sale of the company in February 2011. As CEO of Divergence, Derek’s main responsibilities included developing and implementing the company’s strategy, ensuring suitable financing of the company, implementing relationships with licensees and collaborators, and overseeing operations.
Derek has also been an active volunteer with numerous leadership roles in different organizations, including JDRF International.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University with concentrations in Economics and German and a Master in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Derek is married to Emily Rapp, and they have three children (Helen – 23, Turner – 21, who was diagnosed with T1D in 2004, and William – 18).
Chief Mission Officer
Dr. Kowalski oversees JDRF-funded research aimed at accelerating the delivery of therapies that will help keep people healthy while living with diabetes and minimize their risk for developing diabetes complications, as well as treatments that will help those who have developed diabetic complications. Dr. Kowalski is an internationally recognized expert in the area of diabetes technologies and has been a leader since its inception in 2005 of the JDRF Artificial Pancreas Project, a multimillion-dollar initiative aimed at accelerating progress towards a closed-loop automated insulin-delivery system and diabetes technologies that will improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. He has published numerous articles in the field, including co-authoring the landmark New England Journal of Medicine publication demonstrating the effectiveness of continuous glucose monitors in type 1 diabetes. Dr. Kowalski has been an invited speaker at the ADA Annual Scientific Sessions, EASD, AACE, AADE and many other national and international conferences and was the keynote speaker at the 2008 Diabetes Technology Society Meeting.
Dr. Kowalski has traveled widely across North America and abroad describing diabetes research progress and is known for his ability to translate complicated science into easily understandable concepts. He has been a voice for diabetes research in the popular press, appearing on The Martha Stewart Show, dLife, Fox Business, NPR and many others and is often quoted in print media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and People magazine.
Prior to joining JDRF he completed his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
In 1977, at the age of three, Dr. Kowalski’s brother Stephen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and in 1984, at the age of thirteen, he, too, was diagnosed with type 1. It is their collective experiences over the past 30+ years that provide the daily motivation to fight for a cure.
Chief Development Officer
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Chief People Officer
Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Policy
Chief of Staff
Vice President, Internal Audit
Managing Director, T1D Fund
Vice President, U.S. Field Operations
Vice President, Development Operations
Vice President, Research Strategy
Vice President, Information Technology
Associate Vice President, Digital & Creative Services
Associate Vice President, Research and International Partnerships
Associate Vice President, EPMO, Cloud & Big Data
Associate Vice President, Community Engagement