Maria is a certified Data Protection and Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) and an ISEB / BCS qualified Business Analyst with more than 15 years of cross-sector experience in technology, charity, media and fintech in varied roles across the software development life cycle from tester to applications manager to technical support for networking products and databases. Multi-lingual has liaised with clients from all over the world and looks into an integrative view of technology by leveraging her multi-disciplinary background in Business, Technology and Law.

She started her journey in technology in the call centre of 3Com and quickly progressed internally to technical support by achieving certificates through internal courses in 3Com university. After moving to IBM where she provided multilingual support to Informix she finished her degree in Law and came back to 3Com where she worked towards the harmonisation of processes after the acquisition by HP and got an eAward for it. She has rounded her knowledge in business with an MBA and different professional qualifications.