Marina Yannakoudakis studied government, politics and modern history at Brunel University in Uxbridge and received an MA in Education from the Open University, United Kingdom. She was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for London in June 2009.
She is currently the Conservative and ECR (European Conservatives and Reformists) group spokesman on Women's Rights and Gender Equality in the European Parliament. She is also a full member of the parliament's Environment and Public Health Committee where she focuses on health issues. She is a substitute member of the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering.
As a former small businesswomen, one of Marina's focus areas has been promoting more women entrepreneurs. Marina drafted a report which was overwhelmingly adopted by the European Parliament to make it easier for women to start their own businesses, especially through access to EU microfinancing facilities. Marina is currently the lead negotiator in the Women's Rights Committee on draft legislation on boosting the competiveness of SMEs.