Get to know us

Get to know us

Learn more about the ABC Global Alliance, our mission & vision, leadership, members, and sponsors
Overview
Mission & Vision
Our Leadership
Our Members
Our Sponsors

OVERVIEW

The ABC Global Alliance, established in 2016 as an initiative of the European School of Oncology and now registered as a non-profit association in Portugal, is a multi-stakeholder platform for all those interested in collaborating on common projects related to advanced breast cancer (ABC) around the world. We are made up of people and organisations who are committed to develop, promote and support tangible improvements that will ultimately create awareness and actions that will improve and extend the lives of patients living with ABC worldwide.

The ABC Global Alliance was launched during the World Cancer Congress in Paris on 3 November 2016. It is a continuation of the work developed through the ABC International Consensus Conference created in 2011, responsible for the ESO-ESMO international consensus guidelines for the management of advanced breast cancer and its advocacy efforts.

MISSION & VISION

Our goal is to improve and extend the lives of women and men living with ABC in all countries worldwide and to fight for a cure. We raise awareness of ABC and lobby worldwide for the improvement of the lives of ABC patients.

An introduction to the ABC Global Alliance provided by Dr Fatima Cardoso

Our leadership

The spirit of collaboration of the ABC Global Alliance is reflected in its governance structure. The President or Chair and the Board of Directors is elected by the General Assembly.

PRESIDENT

Fatima Cardoso

FATIMA CARDOSO

Champalimaud Clinical Center, Lisbon, PT
Dr. Fatima Cardoso is a Medical Oncologist and Director of the Breast Unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Centre in Lisbon, Portugal. She is the President of the ABC Global Alliance and the Chair of the ABC International Consensus Conference and Guidelines. She is actively involved in numerous professional organisations such as ESO, ESMO, ASCO, AACR, EACR and EORTC. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Breast Journal, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Cancer and an Editorial Board Member of several other journals. She has authored over 350 publications and has presented her work nationally and internationally.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alex Eniu

ALEXANDRU ENIU

Hôpital Riviera-Chablais, Vaud-Valais, CH
Dr. Alexandru Eniu is a senior medical oncologist at the Hôpital Riviera-Chablais, Vaud-Valais, Switzerland, where he took a position in January 2020 as Breast Unit Responsible and Disease Lead for Breast Cancer. He previously worked in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He was appointed in 2018 Deputy Scientific Director of the European School of Oncology. Within ESMO, he chaired the ESMO Global Policy Committee and, between 2014-2018, he was a member of the ESMO Executive Board, leading several initiatives tackling disparities in cancer outcomes across Europe and the world. Within ASCO, he served as chairman of the ASCO International Affairs Committee. He participated in the process of developing international and national guidelines for the management of cancer patients, serving as the Co-Chair of the Treatment and Allocation of Resources Panel of the Breast Health Global Initiative and as panel member of the Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC3 and ABC4) International Consensus Conference. He wrote 6 book chapters and more than 80 articles in international peer-reviewed journals within his specialty breast cancer.

KYLE SRINIVASAN

F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel, CH
Kyle Srinivasan is a Global Patient Partnership Director for Breast Cancer and Women’s Health at F.Hoffmann-La Roche. She thrives on building trusting relationships between people living with breast cancer and the private sector to achieve shared goals.  Through her work with the global breast cancer community, she has been able to understand the impact of living with breast cancer on individual and their loved ones. Kyle is grateful to be in a position where she collaborates with the global breast cancer community to strategically advise on how to humanize healthcare in the interest of people living with breast cancer. She shares the ambition of the patient community that no one should die from breast cancer. Kyle brings more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working across the global drug development life cycle gaining a robust perspective of patients, providers, payers and regulators. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina. 
Ranjit Kaur

RANJIT KAUR

Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA), Petaling Jaya, MY
Ranjit Kaur, a breast cancer survivor since 1998, and Patient Advocate, is the Immediate Past President of Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia and Executive Committee Member of Together Against Cancer Association Malaysia. She is also a Board Member of Reach to Recovery International and Advisory Board Member of The Asia Pacific Oncology Alliance. Ranjit held the position of President of Reach to Recovery International (2003-2007), and Board Member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) (2006-2010). Ranjit conducts training in peer support and peer navigation in cancer care, Doctor-Patient communication skills and health literacy topics for medical students and she is a moderator for international forums. She is a consultant and trainer for several regional and global cancer-related organisations.

STACY LEWIS

MBC Alliance, New York, US
Stacy M. Lewis is a nonprofit changemaker who serves as the Chief Program Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for Young Survival Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the unique and complex needs of young adults diagnosed with breast cancer. In her 24-year career, Stacy has honed expertise in engaging diverse and inclusive survivor communities in an effort to reduce the disparities in healthcare experienced by historically marginalized groups. Early in Stacy’s tenure at YSC she was charged with creating meaningful programs for the community of young adults living with metastatic breast cancer (mBC). Her foundational project was the creation of the first-ever video entitled “The Beautiful Eight,” featuring the stories of eight young women living with mBC. She continues to lead the development and delivery of YSC’s many programs designed to reach, connect, educate and support the community of young adults affected by mBC. Stacy is an internationally sought-after expert on the young adult breast cancer experience. As a research and legislative patient advocate, Stacy has presented at the Australian Oncology Nurses Group and National Conference for Young Women with Breast Cancer, Japan's Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer medical and patient consortiums, and ESO-ESMO Breast Cancer in Young Women (BCY) and Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC)international consensus meetings, among others. YSC is a founding member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance. Stacy currently serves on the Executive Group as a member-At-large.
RENATE HAIDINGER

RENATE HAIDINGER

Brustkrebs Deutschland e.V. (German Breast Cancer Association), Munich, DE
Medical Journalist (since 1977), Founder and President of the German Breast Cancer Association – Brustkrebs Deutschland e.V. Being a breast cancer survivor since 2000 Renate specialized on breast cancer, now doing video interviews with experts at all relevant conferences, moderating discussions, giving presentations for patients on side effect management, drug interactions, HTA and more. Since 2007 one main focus of her work has been metastatic breast cancer. She is member of the “IDMC” of a big German study group (since 2004) and co-author of national and international publications. She is faculty member and panel member of the ABC5 Conference, President of the General Assembly of the ABC Global Alliance, member of the Expert Working Group for the Policy Road Map for MBC, member of the Patient Adboard for Clinical Trials of the Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg and at the European Commission member of the IMI (innovative medicines initiative) pool of patient experts. In 2012 Mrs. Haidinger received the Federal Cross of Merit from the German President, Joachim Gauck.

EVA SCHUMACHER-WULF

Brustkrebs Deutschland e.V. (German Breast Cancer Association), Munich, DE (ABC patient representative)
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 at the age of 34 with two children aged 1 and 4, Eva Schumacher-Wulf came up with the idea of creating a magazine dedicated to breast cancer. Established in 2006, Mamma Mia! Das Brustkrebsmagazin has a quarterly circulation of 20,000. The magazine includes various special editions e.g. on metastatic, hereditary breast cancer or breast reconstructions and publishes a quarterly magazine solely devoted to ovarian cancer since 2015. In 2008 the publication was awarded the “Breast Cancer Communication Award” of the German Cancer Society. In 2018 Eva was diagnosed with metastatic disease which increased her engagement in advocating for the needs of mBC patients. Prior to founding and working for Mamma Mia! Das Brustkrebsmagazin, she worked for the Israeli government's tourism office in Berlin as a spokesperson for 12 years. 

MEREL VAN KLINKEN

European Oncology Nursing Society, Brussels, BE
Merel van Klinken graduated as a nurse in 2006. She has been working as a registered oncology nurse since 2009 and is currently also working as a palliative care nurse in a specialised oncology hospital in the Netherlands. She holds an MSc in nursing sciences and is looking to improve the quality of palliative care in her own hospital setting and in the Netherlands as a whole. She’s passionate about safety for patients and nursing staff and building resilience among young cancer nurses. She teaches within the speciality training area for cancer nurses in her own hospital. Merel is a member of the EONS Advocacy Working Group and is an EONS Executive Board Member since February 2021.

general assembly

The General Assembly is a body made up of one representative of each Associate Member and is directed by its Board, composed of a President and a Secretary

VICKI DURSTON

President
Breast Cancer Network Australia, Camberwell, AU
Vicki joined BreastCancer Network Australia (BCNA) – Australia’s leading voice for people affected by breast cancer - at the start of 2020.  As BCNA’s Director of Policy, Advocacy and Support Services, she brings extensive health leadership, governance, research, clinical and management experience – spanning 30 years.  Vicki is a registered nurse and gained a Master of Education in Leadership Policy and Change from Monash University in 2012. She has been appointed terms on a range of committees, including the Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Liaison Group, the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network Taskforce, and the Australian Access to Breast Reconstruction Collaborative Group.  Vicki is passionate about ensuring healthcare consumers have a voice.  That philosophy is at the centre of everything she does in BCNA’srigorous advocacy striving to improve the experience of Australians affected by breast cancer.

ISABELLE ALOI TIMEUS

Secretary
Salvati Foundation, Mexico City, MX
Isabelle Aloi Timeus is Foundress and Chairwoman of the board of Salvati Foundation, as well as the university advisor of the UICC. She is Mexico´s representative in the Latin American Treatment of lymphedema consensus and also, participant in the Mexican consensus on diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. She has been a physical therapist specialized in cancer patients for 22 years and since 2023, holds the post of secretary for the ABC Global Alliance board. As Salvati´s foundress and chairwoman, she has worked with cancer patients, many of them with metastatic breast cancer. In 2011, she established the Salvati foundation, aiming to help patients with cancer to improve and recover their quality of life, through public and private conferences about decreasing the risk of lymphedema and timely detection of breast cancer under the slogan “Educate to save”. Nowadays Salvati has care centers in Mexico City, Cancun and Guadalajara. Isabelle Aloi also founded and currently works in the Oncological patients quality of life center at ABC Hospital where she gives physical, oncological and lymphatic therapy to private patients.
The sole auditor and the alternate are appointed by the General Assembly and must be either a certified public accountant or a certified public accountant company.

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Our Members

The ABC Global Alliance is a multi-stakeholder platform for all those interested in collaborating on common projects relating to advanced breast cancer (ABC) around the world. We are made up of people and organisations who are committed to develop, promote and support tangible improvements that will ultimately create awareness and actions that will improve and extend the lives of patients living with ABC worldwide.

Membership types

Any individual or legal entity that expresses an intention to join the Alliance, by subscribing to a membership request, and who is admitted by the Association under the terms of the statutes and in accordance with the other admission conditions established by the Board of Directors, may acquire the status of Associate.
Associates may be classified as:
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Members rights and duties

For more information on associates rights and duties, and for more information on the association governance please review the statute.

How to become a member

Any individual or legal entity that expresses an intention to join the Association, should complete the membership request and once admitted by the Association in accordance with the admission conditions established by the Board of Directors, will acquire the status of Associate. If you are interested in getting more information on the ABC Global Alliance and how to become a member please contact info@abcglobalalliance.org.

We invite individuals and organizations interested in advanced breast cancer to join our efforts.

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OUR Sponsors

Funding member

ESO
The European School of Oncology is an ABC Global Alliance funding member. We are also sponsored through unrestricted grants and sponsorships provided by:

Main sponsors (As of 28 FEBRUARY 2024)

AstraZenecaRochePfizerSeagen
RochePfizerSeagen

The ABC Global Alliance is grateful for the pro bono services and contributions to some of our events and initiatives by:
Novabanco
PLMJ

Additional support from potential funding sponsors is welcomed.

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