Get to know us

Get to know us

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


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.


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.


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.


Alex 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.
Patti Jewell


Pfizer Inc., New York, US
Patti Jewell is Senior Director, Public Affairs for Oncology in Pfizer’s Corporate Affairs Division. Patti leads Pfizer’s strategic engagements on global and US cancer policy and public affairs matters, focusing on breast cancer related issues as well as a portfolio of pan-tumor topics. Prior to this role, Patti worked in Alliance Development, State Government Relations and Grassroots Advocacy for Pfizer, and was a Legislative Assistant to a United States Senator before joining Pfizer. She received her Masters in Public Administration from New York University and bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Ranjit Kaur


Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA), Petaling Jaya, MY
Ranjit Kaur, a breast cancer survivor since 1998, and Patient Advocate, is the President of Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia and Chairman of Together Against Cancer Association Malaysia. She is also a Board Member of Reach to Recovery International. 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). She regularly gets invited to speak and participate in cancer control conferences locally and internationally.
Shirley Mertz


MBC Alliance, New York, US
Throughout her career, Shirley Mertz served her community as a teacher and high school principal to help teenagers realise their potential. Before retirement, Shirley received a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. Since 2004, she has used her voice, passion and skills to help patients understand how to find the right care team and get the right tests to achieve the best outcomes. Believing awareness about metastatic breast cancer was lacking, Shirley reached out in October 2009 to the US Congress, seeking a resolution to designate October 13th as National MBC Awareness Day. The resolution passed unanimously. Currently, Shirley works to empower patients and improve disease outcomes as Chair of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance; President of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network; patient advocate to the Translational Breast Cancer Consortium and the AURORA USA clinical study; and most recently, Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the ABC5 Conference in Lisbon. Shirley often speaks at conferences about the challenges and needs of patients. Among her numerous awards, Shirley was honored by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change in Breast Cancer.


Breast Cancer Network Australia, Camberwell, AU
Kirsten has an exceptional understanding of the cancer sector having spent over a decade at BCNA and five years at Cancer Council Victoria where she was responsible for delivering communications and campaigns around prevention messages. Kirsten has a deep connection to Australians affected by breast cancer after spending 18 months travelling around Australia interviewing more than 3,500 women and men about their experience of breast cancer treatment and services to find out where the gaps in service delivery are occurring. The findings were outlined in the State of the Nation report, which was delivered to Federal Parliament in June 2018.


Breast Cancer Network Australia (ABC patient representative), AU
Dr Andrea Smith is a cancer and health services researcher with a background in public health, publishing, and molecular biology. She was diagnosed with de novo metastatic breast cancer in 2016 and since then has become increasingly involved in research and advocacy in relation to the supportive care needs of those with metastatic breast cancer in Australia. She is the Chair of Breast Cancer Network Australia’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Advisory Group. In 2021 she became a Daffodil Fellow at The Daffodil Centre, The University of Sydney, a joint venture with Cancer Council New South Wales. Her work focuses on the supportive care needs of people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.


European Oncology Nursing Society, London, UK
Professor Theresa Wiseman holds a joint clinical chair of applied health research in cancer care between The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Southampton. Nationally, she is a member of the UK Department of Health/Macmillan funded Consequence of Cancer and Treatment Collaborative (CCAT). Theresa is an Executive Board Member (secretary) of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and a member of the EONS Research Advisory Group. She is an international member of Faculty of the Australian and New Zealand Urology Research Group (ANZUP). She is an international invited speaker, has published widely and presented her work nationally and internationally. She is passionate about applied health research but more so that the findings are translated into practice and make a difference to patient care. All her studies to date have been translated to practice.

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


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.


MILC Foundation, Mexico City, MX
Bertha Aguilar was born and raised in Mexico City. She graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) with a degree in Industrial Relations, and began her professional career working as a training manager at companies such as Xerox, Grupo Peñoles and Estee Lauder.
With exercise being a fundamental part of her life, she was able to detect an irregular lump on her breast after swimming that was diagnosed as breast cancer. Being a young mother of Santiago and Renata, at age 31, Bertha´s life took a dramatic turn as she faced a radical mastectomy and received over a year of chemotherapy.
For the past 2 decades, she has helped create awareness among society about the importance of early detection, helping patients navigate the health system and advocating for access to the right treatment.
Since 2010, she has been focusing on metastatic breast cancer and has attended several ABC conferences where she participated both as a faculty and panel member, as well as holding the position of Secretary of the General Assembly of the ABC Global Alliance (2020).
Currently, Bertha is collaborating with MILC Foundation as a Patient Advocate (, and is also a commissioner of the “Lancet Commission on Diagnosis: Advancing equitable access to diagnosis”. Among other participations, she has given a Ted Talk at the UICC Summit in Paris, “Private –Public model for training health promoters in rural communities”, and was appointed by American Cancer Society as Ambassador of México regarding issues of non-transmitted chronic diseases during the high level meeting of the United Nations in New York.
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.

For more information on the association and its governance please refer to:

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

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

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OUR Sponsors

Funding member

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 19 january 2023)




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

Additional support from potential funding sponsors is welcomed.

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