Maria is an Associate Director for the Destruction Creative Lab with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. Maria has worked in many years mentoring start-ups, designing acceleration programmes and teaching entrepreneurship and innovation at Oxford University. In 2012, she founded the Oxford Seed Fund, an educational fund that helps Oxford MBA students acquire investment experience and provides student founders from all disciplines the opportunity to obtain funding for their ideas. She has also worked in the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses programme running workshops on growth opportunities and strategy.
Maria holds a PhD in Physics and an MBA. She has worked as a Materials Science and Engineering Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University and has industrial experience as a senior scientist in a global corporation.