About Silvana Koch-Mehrin
Silvana is the President and Founder of the Women Political Leaders (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.
Instructor, FIDE (World Chess Federation)
Health Economist, World Health Organization
Member, Board of Directors, Cornell Cooperative Extension|Steuben County (volunteer leadership position), National Institute of Food & Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture (retired)
independent researcher, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland