Dr. Lydia Makaroff is the President of the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition and CEO of Fight Bladder Cancer UK. Prior to her current roles, she was the Director at Europe’s largest international federation of patient organisation. Lydia holds a PhD in immunology and a Masters’ degree in Public Health and has over ten years’ international work experience in non-communicable disease research and policy. She has worked across many different sectors in health: in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and the non-profit sector. She previously conducted medical research at the Australian National University; worked as a senior post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington; and for the International Diabetes Federation as their Epidemiology and Public Health Manager.