Maria specialises in the management of cultural institutions. Her tools are strategic planning, policy development and concept definition of new infrastructures. Surrounded on a daily basis by artists, architects and cultural managers, she is a great believer in creative thinking as the most valuable asset for individuals in contemporary societies. With a background in political science and business administration, she founded the cultural consultancy Lordcultura over 10 years ago; her interest in how the cultural sector can be a driver for development took her to Cambodia at the beginning of 2011. While developing her own research she is supporting UNESCO in the field of cultural policy; in her free time she is learning traditional dance and practising her photographic skills.
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