Maria has specialist expertise in policy, politics, professional services and digital transformation. She spent over 25 years working in the professional services sector leading marketing and business development teams in Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam. Maria has also been an adviser to the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australia’s Ambassador to the USA when he held the position as Senator for NSW, and was the head of Strategy and Engagement at the Digital Transformation Agency within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Maria was also head of Strategy and Policy at WIRO in the Department of Customer Services in the NSW Government.
She is an active participant in and supporter of the Australian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Maria sits on the board of the Spark Festival, and the International Women’s Forum (Australia). She is also a Voting Mentor for the Genesis program at the University of Sydney, a member of the Board of Advisors for Idea Spies, and an Advisory Council Member for the Future Minds Accelerator. Maria is also the inaugural Convenor of the Australian Innovation Council. She was recognised in the 2018 International Women’s Day Showcase, was a nominee in the 2018 Women of Influence Awards and is the winner of the Startcon Australiasian Community Most Valuable Person Award in 2018.