Committee of ambassadors

Together, to achieve so much more

Being an ambassador is a BIG responsibility

We are proud to involve in our mission a group of driven and inspiring people, the committee of ambassadors. Each one of these prominent representatives of BIG against breast cancer has their own motivation and background story, and each member contributes in their own way. They form a bridge between our organisation and their Belgian and international networks. Influential members of the community, they support BIG against breast cancer and its philanthropy team to:

  • Develop and share ideas and strategies to raise awareness about breast cancer
  • Search for new donors and partners. They work every day on growing our network of supporters even BIGger
  • Engage with various communities to establish awareness about BIG’s work
  • Provide valuable advice and expertise

Meet our amazing strategic committee​

Our committee of ambassadors is overseen by a strategic committee – Princess Nathalie de Merode, Nathalie Misson, Julia Carakéhian, Patsy Israël, Mathy Kandiyoti, Jessica Parser and Kayali Spiller

Get to know them and read their stories:

Nathalie de Merode

As time goes by, as an ambassador, you become increasingly aware of the exceptional impact of BIG’s work on the world around us. The progress made in recent years has been extraordinary, bringing so much hope in the face of what remains one of the most devastating cancers. I am very proud and happy to be able to make a modest contribution to BIG.”

Nathalie de Merode - President of the committee
Nathalie Misson

“A couple of years ago, the sky was falling down on my head: breast cancer. I was going to leave my loved ones forever. Thanks to Martine Piccart, her team and the administered treatments, today I can say that ‘I survived’. Armed with this experience, I’m convinced that bringing experts together to work on international trials – just the way BIG does – is the key to finding a cure for breast cancer.”

Nathalie Misson - Vice-President of the committee

“I am so honoured to be part of the BIG Ambassadors’ Committee. We need to support research and facilitate collaboration between medical experts around the world. This is the only way to eradicate disease and give life a chance.”

Patsy Israël

“It is with conviction that I adhere to this organisation. It’s hard not to be concerned by this evil that affects so many women. This kind of initiative really gives hope to recover, and the assurance of not feeling lonely in front of adversity. It is so important to feel supported and understood. In fact, this is a real part of the therapy. I consider BIG as truly essential.”

Mathy Kandiyoti

“Breast cancer is frightening and still too often it is a killer. I have huge respect and admiration for the teams that work to find a cure and work to make those living with breast cancer more comfortable. I said to myself, don't just talk: do something. That is why I joined the team of BIG to help raise funds for breast cancer research. I am proud to be part of the group of Ambassadors whose role is to keep BIG against breast cancer in the public’s mind”

Jessica Parser

Extended committee of ambassadors:

Amélie d’Arschot Schoonhoven, Florine Asch, Veronique Barbier, John Alexander Bogaerts, Patrice Bourg, Vladimir Cardon de Lichtbuer, Sylvia Chiche, Anne-Françoise Decrop, Anne-Marie Gillion Crowet, Myriam de Fauconval, Laure Hilbert, Anja Hoogstrate, Corinne Hubinont, Melissa Kandiyoti, Eleonora de Ligne, Matilde de’ Medici di Toscana di Ottajano, Sandrine de Montmort, Léontine Prat Y Coll, Delphine Remy, Bernadette Reynders, Edith Roland, Brigitte de Roquemaurel, Joëlle Thils, Frédéric Van der Schueren, Michèle van Dessel, Catherine Vaxelaire, Marc de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck