Last October, Pedro Carrascal was appointed as the new CEO of POP. With a degree in Law from the University of Deusto (1996) and a Master in Business Administration and Management (MBA) from the University of the Basque Country (2004), Pedro Carrascal joins the organisation with the aim of contributing his extensive experience and vision in the development of projects for the defence of rights, social innovation and the interests of chronic patients.
Pedro has been linked to the movement of people with multiple sclerosis since he was 8 years old and his mother was diagnosed with the disease, at which time she and others created the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Bizkaia. He has been the director of ADEMBI for 25 years (until 2022), as well as Esclerosis Múltiple Euskadi and Esclerosis Múltiple España, positions that he has held simultaneously during those years.
In addition, he has been one of the longest-serving members of the Board of Directors of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF), where he has contributed for 15 years. He has also been actively involved in the EMSP (European Multiple Sclerosis Platform) for 10 years, serving as its President from 2018 to 2022. His commitment to the patient movement led him to be one of the promoters of the Spanish "Neuroalianza" created in 2012 by Esclerosis Múltiple España, as well as to participate in the birth of the Plataforma de Organizaciones de Pacientes (Patient Organisations Platform) in 2014.
“Raising the voice and promoting patients participation in Spain is directly connected to the EU work and leadership of EPF. Serving to EPF bodies, like the Ethics Committee is a great opportunity to do thos better and also an honour”.
His background and experience at european level working for the MS community it´s also a good opportunity to serve the patients community.