Politician, Founder, Feminist
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.
Member of the European Parliament
During her time in the European Parliament she has held numerous positions, including
– Vice-President/Deputy Speaker of the Parliament (2009 – 2011)
– Vice-Chair of the ALDE Group (2004 – 2009)
In her role as MEP, Silvana serves on the following committees and delegations: