Maria received MA in International relations from the National Research University-Higher School of Economics specialising in European Studies. Her primary expertise was the European Union, and her research focused on the EU policy towards the Eastern Partnership countries. Since 2017 she has been a fellow of the University Consortium (St Antony´s College, the University of Oxford).
At the moment Maria is based in Bulgaria and working in Acronis dealing with cyber protection and maintenance consulting. Maria assists empowering organizations in Nordics and Benelux regions to operate safely and offering cyber protection of data in any environment.
Prior to joining the IT company, Maria has taken part in the organisation of more than 100 expert discussions and international conferences of Valdai Discussion Club on the pressing issues of international agenda.