Silvana Koch-Mehrin 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. Its mission is to advance society by increasing the number and influence of women in political leadership. Koch-Mehrin 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. Koch-Mehrin holds numerous honorary positions, including Representative to the Executive Board of W20, an engagement group of G20, representing the EU, and Alumni of the Young Global Leaders Network of the World Economic Forum. In addition to her voluntary work for WIP, she acts as Senior Advisor to EY Ernst & Young, as Senior Policy Advisor to gplus europe, and provides guidance on EU regulatory issues to a range of companies and governments.