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Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Silvana is the President and Founder of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL), the worldwide network of female Politicians. WPL is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation. Its mission is increase the number and influence of women in political leadership.

Silvana is a former Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and a former MEP (2004-2014). She served in the committees on budget, on trade and on gender equality.

Before her time in politics she founded and ran a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, which later merged with a larger US firm.

In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana acts as Senior Advisor to EY Ernst & Young, Senior Policy Advisor to gplus europe, and provides guidance on EU regulatory issues to a range of companies and governments.

She is a regular speaker at institutions such as the UN, OECD, World Bank and other international fora.

With her three kids and their Irish father she lives in Brussels, Belgium.