Lydia Makaroff

Director

European Cancer Patient Coalition

Lydia Makaroff joined the European Cancer Patient Coalition as Director in 2016. She has over ten years’ international experience in non-communicable disease research and policy development in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and the non-profit sector.

She conducted medical research during her PhD at the Australian National University and as a senior post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington. After working in Global Market Access at a pharmaceutical company, she joined the International Diabetes Federation as their Epidemiology and Public Health Manager.

She has experience quantifying the impact of non-communicable diseases, monitoring national governments’ commitments to health, providing tools to Member Organisations, writing policy papers, and working with the European Institutions to advocate for change. Lydia holds a PhD in immunology and a Masters’ degree in Public Health, and is also a Board member of Pancreatic Cancer Europe and an Associate Researcher at the Translational Immunology laboratory at the University of Leuven. She is an Australian-Belgian dual national who speaks English and has a good knowledge of French.