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.