Maria is a former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce and previously worked at the World Economic Forum.
Maria is a former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2005. She worked with the World Economic Forum in Geneva from 1977 to 1996, where she became Managing Director, responsible for the celebrated Annual Meeting in Davos, building the public awareness it enjoys today. She holds Executive Board, Board and Advisory Board memberships on the International Crisis Group, EastWest Institute, the Institute of International Education, and the Elliott School of International Affairs (George Washington University), among others.
Maria is of Greek origin and Swiss nationality, and was educated in the United States. She graduated with honors from Harvard University and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University, Toronto.