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Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Silvana is the Founder of the Women in Parliaments a Global Forum (WIP), the worldwide network of female Politicians. WIP is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation, with offices in Switzerland and Brussels. Its mission is to advance society by unleashing the potential of women for leadership. Silvana has been a Member of the European Parliament 2004-2014. From 2009 to 2011 she was Vice-President of the European Parliament, and from 2004 to 2009 she was First Vice-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Before her time in politics she founded and ran a company. She was also active as a talk-show host and is a regular contributor to national and international media. Silvana holds numerous honorary positions, including Alumni of the Young Global Leader Network of the World Economic Forum