Marina Yannakoudakis was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for London in June 2009. She was born in London in 1956, the daughter of Greek Cypriot immigrants.
She sits on the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She is also a member of the delegations to the Balkan states, the High-Level Contact Group for relations with the Turkish Cypriot community in the northern part of Cyprus and is the European Parliament's contact point for the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) in Stockholm.
Marina has been a Conservative councillor for Oakleigh ward in the London Borough of Barnet for four years. She will be stepping down from her seat in May 2010.
Her background is in business. She founded Viamare Travel jointly with her husband Zacharias in 1984, specialising in the representation of Mediterranean ferry operations in the UK. The company grew to have an annual turnover of £4million. Marina was Financial Director until 2009.
She first became active in politics when studying at Brunel University, where she gained a BSc in Government, Politics and Modern History (1979). Marina also has a Diploma in Administrative Management with distinction from the Institute of Management Services (1980) and an MA in Education from the Open University (2002).
Marina lives in Barnet with Zacharias and they have three grown-up children - Stephanie, Basil and Larry.