Francesco obtained a cum laude Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste-Gorizia with a thesis on EU enlargement. In 2011, he started working for regional representatives, NGOs, and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Brussels. He went on to join the European Cancer Patient Coalition as Public Affairs Coordinator and became Head of EU Affairs in 2016. His experience working in healthcare dates back to 2013, when he joined the ECCO and SIOPE Public Affairs team. Francesco has worked on a number of key European issues such as data protection, health technology assessment, access to quality healthcare, eHealth/mHealth and patient advocacy. These experiences made him understand how patients and healthcare professionals can fruitfully collaborate at European and international level in order to reach common goals. Francesco is a fellow Young Gasteiner and a Member of the European Health Parliament.