Christel Marchand Aprigliano, Chief Advocacy Officer
Christel Marchand Aprigliano is an international speaker, nonprofit executive, and diabetes advocate, having lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1983. After several years in client engagement roles for multinational organizations, she turned her expertise to diabetes advocacy. Through her efforts to bring the diabetes patient perspective to policymakers and the public, she became a frequent guest speaker internationally and on Capitol Hill, testifying in front of Congress in 2017 and 2019. She holds a BA from McGill University (Montréal, Canada), a MS from University of Maryland Global Campus (Heidelberg, Germany), and the hands of her husband and daughter whenever she can.
In addition to providing patient advocacy insights for panels at the International Diabetes Federation, FDA, The Atlantic, Diabetes Technology Society, Havas Health and BBK Global, she has been the keynote speaker for the World Congress Summit on Patient Centricity in Advocacy and Touched By Type 1 conferences. Aprigliano sat on the gubernatorial appointed Florida Diabetes Advisory Council and acts as a peer reviewer for diabetes journals, PCORI, and international grant organizations. Aprigliano is also the founder of The Diabetes Collective, Inc., a nonprofit that provided adults impacted with diabetes a peer facilitated event called The Diabetes UnConference.