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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 increasing the number and influence of women in leadership.

Silvana has been a Member of the European Parliament 2004-2014. From 2009 to 2011 she was Vice-President (Deputy Speaker) of the European Parliament, and from 2004 to 2009 she was First Vice-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. 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. She was also active as a talk-show host with her own show on two regional German TV channels, and is a contributor to national and international media. Silvana holds numerous honorary positions, including Alumni of the Young Global Leaders Network of the World Economic Forum. In addition to her voluntary work for WIP, Silvana is 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, not too far away from her hometown Cologne in Germany.