WESTERN & CENTRAL EUROPE
|UNITE Members per Country|
Andrew Ullmann is an elected member of the German Parliament. A physician by training, Ullmann seats at the Health Committee where he is the spokesperson and he is currently the vice-chair of the sub-committee on Global Health. Ullmann has a background in infectious diseases from Harvard Medical School and from Clinic Mainz University, he now teaches at the University’s Hospital in Würzburg, where he also serves as a City Councillor.
Andrew Ullmann is one of the most prestigious names on global health within the German Parliament and has been playing a pivotal role both in local and national politics in securing the leadership to eliminate infectious diseases.
Andrew Ullman is a member of UNITE since October 2019.
Petra Bayr is an elected Member of Austrian Parliament a since 2002. Since her youth activism, Petra Bayr has been advocating and championing for Women’s participation in politics and has been leading the Women’s Council within her party. Bayr is the founder of the Austrian Platform against Female Genital Mutilation and participates in many platforms to prevent maternal mortality. Petra Bayr is the Chairwoman, since 2003, of the Subcommittee for Cooperation and Development from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Petra Bayr is a member of UNITE since August 2017.
Bart Staes is a former Member of the European Parliament from Belgium. Staes was substitute on the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Safety Food and used to be a full member of the Budgetary Control Committee. Before joining the European Parliament in 1999, Bart was a teacher. Staes’s interests are the environment and peace movements. Bart Staes is a member of UNITE since October 2017.
Skevi Koukouma is the Chairwoman of the House Standing Committee on Refugees-Enclaved-Missing-Adversely Affected Persons of the Cyrpus Parliament. Skevi is also the Deputy Chairwoman of the House Standing Committee on Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance. Koukouma has played many political roles in advocating for Women’s rights and for gender equality. Skevi Koutra Koukouma is member of UNITE since October 2017.
Toomast is a former Member of the European Parliament from Estonia. Since 2018, she is a Member of the Estonian Parliament. She has also served the City Hall of Estonia before joining the European Parliament in 2009. She has been President of the Estonian Volleyball Federation since 2007 and a former Executive Committee of the Estonian Olympic Committee. Vilja Toomast is a member of UNITE since August 2018.
Kyllönen is a former Member of the European Parliament from Finland. She was a substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. From 2011 to 2014, Merja was the Minister of Transport. Merja Kyllönen is a member of UNITE since October 2017.
Gabrielle Serville is an elected member to the French National Assembly for French Guyana first constituency. During the 14th Legislature of the French National Assembly he held positions in the commission of the sustainable development, financial assessment and the National Commission for the Evaluation of State Policies Overseas. Before that he held positions as a Mathematics professor and as municipal councillor. Gabrielle Serville is a UNITE member since June 2019.
JEAN FRANÇOIS MBAYE
Born in Dakar, Senegal, Jean-François Mbaye is one of the youngest and most active parliamentarians at the French National Assembly. With a background in law, Mbaye pursued his master’s degree in health law. Mbaye has a leading role in the Parliament as Chair of the Study Group for HIV. He is also a secretary of the French National Assembly and seats at the Foreign Affairs Committee. Mbaye is a member of UNITE since October 2019.
Jean Spiri is Deputy Mayor of Courbevoie-La Défense and elected member of Paris Region Council where he assumes the Health Portfolio. He is also the President of CRIPS – regional agency to prevent and protect from HIV and other infectious diseases, and Ambassador of “Paris Region against AIDS initiative.” He has political experience at the national level and has been working with former Health and Foreign Affairs Ministers. Jean Spiri is a member of UNITE since August 2017.
Professor Touraine has been a Professor in Nephrology, Immunology and Transplantation at the Claude Bernard University of Lyon since 1979. Former Head of the Department of Transplantation and Clinical Immunology, Hôpital Edouard Herriot. In the field of organ transplantation he initiated new immunosuppressive therapies and in the field of HIV infection he developed a model of gene therapy in the humanized SCID mouse. Since 2007, Professor Touraine is an elected member of the French Parliament, involved in new developments for organ and cell transplantation, stem cell research, care to AIDS patients, prevention of health alterations and bioethics. Jean-Louis Touraine is member of UNITE since February 2019.
Jean-Luc Romero-Michel is a French politician who currently serves as Deputy-Mayor of Paris 12th district with the culture and tourism affairs in hands. He is a regional councilor of the Île-de-France region since 1998 and ambassador of an Île-de-France region without AIDS. The first French politician to reveal being HIV positive, Jean-Luc is one of the most active politicians in French Politics towards LGBTQI rights and human rights more globally. Jean-Luc Romero-Michel is a member of UNITE since September 2017.
Rudolf Henke is Member of the German Bundestag since 2009. A physician by profession, Henke is a member of the Health Committee. Henke is also President of the Medical Association of North Rhine, Member of the executive board of the German Medical Association and Federal Chairman of the Marburger Bund (phsyicians’ trade union) Rodoft Henke is a UNITE member since October 2017.
CHARLES M. HUBER
Charles Huber is Germany‘s first MP with African heritage, German Parliament (Bundestag) 2013-2017. Committees: development cooperation and strategies, foreign affairs, economics and energy. Member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Ciudad de Saber, Panama: project on energy transformation and the German Renewable Energy Law – energy transition. Initiator of the new German development strategy for the expansion of African countries in terms of export insurances like Marshall plan and Compact with Africa. Speaker: raw material in the committee of Foreign Affairs policies for CDU/CSU fraction. Charles Huber is a member of UNITE since April 2020.
Ulla Schmidt is a Member of Parliament since 1990 and was Vice President of the Bundestag from 2013 to 2017. She is one of the most renowned politicians in Germany. Ulla Schmidt served as Minister of Health since 2001 (with the portfolio of Social Security until 2005) until 2009. Being one of the most active politicians, Schmidt has a strong profile with involvement in many non-profit bodies Schmidt is a UNITE member since October 2017.
Heike is a Member of Parliament in Germany, a deaconess and religious educator. Heike is a Member of the Parliament since the federal election in 2013, being a member of the German Bundestag.
During her political career, Baehrens has a been a full member of the Bundestag Committee on Health, where she is her parliamentary group's rapporteur on inclusion and European affairs. Since 2018, she has also been serving as chairwoman of its Sub-Committee on Global Health.
In addition to her committee assignments, Heike serves as Deputy Chairwoman of the German-Korean Parliamentary Group as well as Deputy Speaker of the Baden-Württemberg State Group of the SPD parliamentary group. She is a member of the non-partisan Europa-Union Deutschland, which is committed to a federal Europe and a far-reaching European unification process.
Heike is a member of UNITE since October 2020.
Stinus Lindgreen is a Danish scientist and Politician, and a member of the executive board of the Radical Left in the Danish Parliament that focus on the research, psychiatry, health and elderly areas. He seats at the Environment and Climate Committee for the Regional Council and is also a member of the Business, Growth and Research Committee. Stinus Lindgreen holds a PhD in bioinformatics from the University of Copenhagen. Prior to his election, he was the chairman of the Atheist Society and a co-founder of the company Bryggeriet Djævlebryg. He currently works as a researcher for the H.Lundbeck. Stinus Lindgreen is a Member of UNITE since June 2020.
Konstantinos Bargiotas is a Member of the Greek Parliament since 2015. He is member of the Committee on Social Affairs. A medical doctor by profession, he was elected for two terms as a President of the Association of Doctors. Bargiotas is a UNITE member since November 2017.
Lynn Ruane is an Independent Irish Senator. Being elected in 2016, Ruane is one of one of the most active, most well-known Senators. She was awarded the Senator of the Year in 2016 by the Irish Times. Lynn has a strong profile in advocating for social justice both outside and within the Senate. She sits with the Civil Engagement group; an alliance of like-minded mostly independent senators seeking to bring civil society expertise. Ruane introduced the Controlled Drugs and Harm Reduction Bill to the Seanad. Lynn Ruane is a UNITE member since 2018.
LIA QUARTAPELLE PROCOPIO
Lia Quartapelle is an elected member of Italian Parliament since 2013. Lia has also served in the committee for Foreign and Community Affairs, in the sub-committee on sustainable development and the sub-committee on Human Rights. She’s graduated at the University of Pavia and the University of Florence in economics. Quartapelle Procopio is a UNITE member since May 2019.
Brando Benifei is a Member of the European Parliament from Italy. He is a full member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. One of the youngest MEPs, Benifei has a solid experience in European Affairs when he was Vice President of the European Youth Socialists. Brando Benifei is a UNITE member since December 2017.
Aušrinė Armonaitė is member of the Lithuanian Parliament. Deputy-chair for the Committee on European Affairs and Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Armonaitė is member of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe and from 2015-2016 she was member of the Council of the Vilnius Municipality. Armonaitė is UNITE member since July 2018.
WIM VAN DE CAMP
Wim Van de Camp is a Member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands. A full member and EPP coordinator of the Transport and Tourism Committee, Van de Camp was also a former Member of Parliament in the Netherlands. He has a strong background in local politics as well. Wim Van de Camp is a member of UNITE since December 2017.
Sveinung Stensland is a member of the Norwegian Parliament. Stensland has a great amount of experience in sitting at the Health Committee and Care Services and he is currently Vice-Chair of the Commitee. Stensland has a Master’s Degree in Pharmacology from the University of Oslo. Stensland is a member of UNITE since February 2019.
Ricardo Baptista Leite is the Founder & President of UNITE. Ricardo is a Member of the Portuguese National Parliament and the Vice-President of the Social Democratic Party Parliamentary Board. He is also the National Spokesperson for Health of the Social Democratic Party. A Medical Doctor trained in infectious diseases, Ricardo serves as the Vice President of the ‘Parliamentary Network on The World Bank & International Monetary Fund’. Ricardo is also a Global Ambassador of the ‘G20 Health & Development Partnership.’ In 2016, Ricardo was awarded by ‘The Economist Intelligence Unit’ as an ‘HCV Change Maker’ for his leadership in the field of Hepatitis C
ANA RITA BESSA
Ana Rita Bessa is an elected Member of the Portuguese Parliament. A teacher at the Management School of the Católica University of Portugal, Ana Rita Bessa has a strong background in managing different institutions. She was Director of the Businessmen’s Association for Social Inclusion and took the lead in educational projects from book publisher ‘LeYa’ within ‘LeYa Educação’ initiative. She has a great amount of experience in education affairs. Ana Rita Bessa is a member of UNITE since January 2019.
Ângela Guerra is an elected Member of the Portuguese Parliament. Sitting at the Health and Foreign Affairs Committee, Guerra is Global Ambassador for Women’s Federation for World Peace. She is also a member of the Subcommittee for Equality and Non-Discrimination. Committed to women empowerment. President of her’s districtal Council, Ângela Guerra is a lawyer by profession. Guerra is a UNITE member since January 2019.
JOSÉ INÁCIO FARIA
José Inácio Faria is a Member of the European Parliament from Portugal. He is a full member of the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Faria is a substitute member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. Faria, who studied Law, is a frequent TV opinion-maker on European Affairs and European Politics. Inácio Faria is a UNITE member since October 2017.
Lidia Pereira is a Portuguese Member for the European Parliament being one of the youngest MEP’s and also being the President for the EPP Youth. She was elected for the 9th parliamentarian term, holding the current position as an substitute for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and a member for the Committee on the Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), showing her deep commitment for the European politics. Lidia Pereira is a member of UNITE since July 2019.
Manuel Pizarro is a member of the European Parliament. Before, he was a member for the Municipal Council and of the Portuguese National Assembly, holding positions as State Secretary of Health. He has a diploma in medicine. Pizarro is a UNITE member since July 2019.
Antoneta Ioniţă is Member of the Romanian Parliament. Elected in 2016, Ioniţă is a full member of the Family and Health Committee. She is also member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Sweden and with the Netherlands. Antoneta Ioniţă is a medical doctor. Ioniţă is member of UNITE since September 2017.
BIANCA MIRUNA GAVRILITA
Gavrilita is member of the Romanian Parliament. She is a full member of the Committee for Health and Family. Miruna-Gavrilita, a medical doctor, has been managing several hospital units and has been playing an active role in the field. Miruna-Gavrilita is also member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Bianca Miruna Gavrilita is member of UNITE since November 2017.
Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI is a Member of the European Parliament from Romania. Busoi is a substitute member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. A former Member of the Romanian Parliament (sitting on the Health Committee), Christian is a seasoned politician and has played a crucial role in national politics with the portfolio of external affairs. Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI is member of UNITE since 2017.
CLAUDIU CIPRIAN TĂNĂSESCU
Claudiu Ciprian Tanasescu is a former member of the European Parliament from Romania. TĂNĂSESCU is was a full member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. A medical doctor, TĂNĂSESCU was one of the most active MEPs and he has a vast experience in healthcare back in Romania. Claudiu Ciprian Tanasescu is a member of UNITE since September 2017.
Diana is a member of the Romanian Parliament. She has previously served in the Ministry of Health, where she initiated and coordinated the Plan for Resuscitating the Blood Transfusion System and represented the Romanian Government at the Health Systems Performance Assessment (HSPA) and Social Protection Committee (SPC). She is a full member of the Health and Family Committee and European Affairs Committee in the Chamber of Deputies. Diana Stoica is a member of UNITE since December 2020.
DIANA ANDA BUZOIANU
Diana-Anda Buzoianu is a member of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania, being elected in December 2020 on the lists of the USR-PLUS Alliance 2020. She is a member of the information and communications technology commission from the Chamber of Deputies. Diana has a background in Law from the University of Bucharest. In Romania, there is still a need to implement measures in order for all citizens to have access to health services - Diana is in a mission to change these issues by helping the vulnerable population through digital instruments of the 21st century. Diana is a member of UNITE since January 2021.
RIZEA C.CRISTINA CAMELIA
Ksenija is a former member of the Slovenian Parliament and a former member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. As a PACE member, Kramar has shown leadership in fighting for Human Rights and in leading with patient–based organizations. Ksenija Korenjak Kramar is Member of UNITE since September 2017.
Jesus Maria a member of the Spanish Parliament. A medical doctor, from 1989 to 1991 he was the Director of the Public Health Institute and also Health General Manager of the Navarra Governmentin Navarra. Diaz is a seasoned medical specialist and political figure. He is also a renowned academic on health issues, holding a Master’s Degree on Public Health and Sanitary Administration from the Pittsburgh University and was Honorary Senior Fellow from the Manchester University. Jesus Maria Fernandez Diaz is member of UNITE since August 2017.
Juan Antonio Delgado Ramos is a Spanish Civil Guard and Deputy. For the last eighteen year Juan has been involved in unionism since the Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC). At the AUGC, Juan Ramos has been in different positions, from provincial secretary in Cádiz to national spokesperson. One of the most important experiences of his life was his time in Haiti working in humanitarian aid after the earthquake. Juan Ramos is member of UNITE since April 2020.
Yvonne Feri is a member of the Swiss National Parliament and local councillor in Wettingen. Yvonne Feri is active in several committees, including the Social Security and Health. She is also the President of SP Frauen Schweiz. She started her political career, serving for 10 years as a member of the cantonal parliament of Aargau, advocating for family and gender politics. In 2008, Feri became chief executive of the Zürich Teachers Association, a position she held until 2012. Yvonne Feri is a member of UNITE since January 2018.
John Bowis is a Former UK Health Minister (1993-96) ; and Former Transport Minister. A former Member of Parliament and a Former Member of the European Parliament, Bowis is the President of the HIV Outcomes, President of Health First Europe and a Board member for the TBVI – a non profit foundation that facilitates the discovery and development of new, safe and effective TB vaccines that are accessible and affordable for all people. John Bowis is member of UNITE since August 2017.
Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, PC is a seasoned British politician. A former member of the Parliament, Lord Smith of Finsbury is a former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Apart from the vast political experience at the Parliament and at Cabinet, Chris Smith became Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 2015. Smith was also Chairman of Environment Agency from 2008 to 2014. He was also the first openly gay MP in the UK, and the first openly gay Cabinet Minister in the world Lord Smith is a member of UNITE since December 2017.
Llyod Russel-Moyle is a member of the House of Commons. One of the youngest and most energetic voices in the House of Commons towards stigma-free and no discrimination, Llyod Russel-Moyle was the first MP to assume to be HIV positive in the Chamber of the House of Commons. A strong advocate for more public policies to all key populations with Infectious Diseases, Russel-Moyle is one of the most known parliamentarians in the House and has a constant presence on the media. Llyod Russel-Moyle is a member of UNITE since February 2019.
Evans is a current Member of the British Parliament for the Ribble Valley constituence since 1992. He also serves as a Joint Executive Secretary of the 1992 Committee since 2017. Nigel Evans held positions as the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and First Deputy Chair of Ways and Means, showing his vast experience on politics. He holds a diploma from the Swansea University and openly declared himself a gay. Evans is a member of UNITE since March 2019.
Ronnie is the Member of Parliament for Inverclyde having been first elected in 2015 and retained the seat at the 2017 General Election. He is a member of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs (PACAC) Select Committee and Transport Select Committee. Alongside this, he is vice-chair of the All-party parliamentary groups (APPG) on Gambling Related Harm; Kidney Group; Drug Policy Reform and Medical cannabis under prescription. He is also a member of the APPGs on autism and Scottish sport. Ronnie Cowan is a member of UNITE since September 2017.
Stephen Doughty is a Member of Parliament since 2012. Doughty is a former Shadow Minister on Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs and a former Shadow Trade and Industry Minister. A member of the International Development Committee and the Arms Export Control Committee, Doughty is the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group on HIV/AIDS. Stephen has experience working in international cooperation institutions World Vision, Oxfam, Robin Hood Tax and Make Poverty History. Stephen Doughty is a member of UNITE since July 2018.