Maria is an engineer. She holds a master’s degree in Economic Expertise of Development Policies and Projects from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She has seven years’ experience working in the field of development and ten in project management. Maria is an expert in identification, management and strategic evaluation and the impact of cooperation programmes in conflict and crisis regions. She is a specialist on Colombia in particular on issues relating to peace and armed conflict. She joined CIVIPOL in 2016 to lead the EL PAcCTO project to combat organised crime in South America.