CML Advocates Network

The global CML Advocates Network (CMLAN) connects patient organisations in more than 90 countries on all continents. It was founded by four CML patient leaders from Germany, Israel, Czech Republic and UK.

The Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation hosts the “CML Horizons” conference as the annual global leadership meeting that welcomes patient leaders from all world regions. An elected “CML Horizons Steering Committee” carries all responsibility to run the “CML Horizons” conferences.

The CML Advocates Network is run by the elected CML Steering Committee composed of six CML patient advocates representing the major regions of the world plus the three co-founders of the network. The steering commitee is supported by a management team.

The current Steering Committee Members are:


  • Šarūnas Narbutas
    Co-Chair of the CML Advocates Network
    Lithuanian Cancer Patient Coalition POLA
    Region Central and Eastern Europe & West Asia representative
  • Rod Padua
    Co-Chair of the CML Advocates Network President of Touched by Max, Philippines Region Asia-Pacific representative
  • Jana Pelouchová
    Co-founder of the CML Advocates Network
    President of Diagnoza Leukemie, Czech Republic
  • Giora Sharf
    Co-founder of the CML Advocates Network
    Director of Flute of Light, Israel
  • Jan Geissler
    Co-founder of the CML Advocates Network
    Chair of LeukaNET, Germany
  • Lisa Machado
    Treasurer of the CML Advocates Network
    Canadian CML Network Executive Director, Canada
    Region North America representative
  • Eunice Oreka
    President of Max Care Foundation, Nigeria Region Middle East & Africa representative
  • Felipe Tapia
    Vice-president of Maxi Vida Association, Chile Region Latin America representative
  • Zack Pemberton-Whiteley
    CEO of Leukaemia Care, United Kingdom Region Western Europe Representative

The management team consists of the Executive Director, Denis Costello, our Head of Communications and Programme Manager Celia Marín and the Head of Member Relations, Events and Programme Manager Lidija Pecova

For more information, please visit the CML Advocates Network website.