Maria is a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. She is a doctor in Innovation Management by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Her work in topics related to different aspects of innovation, business and policy, sustainable development, capabilities of industries, and innovation for tackling societal challenges (special focus on ICTs and Nanotechnologies). Her experience relates also to different international settings, especially Latin America, Europe and Africa. Since 2011 she has also been working for the intensifying of Finnish and European STI cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean, especially on the level of the EU-CELAC Senior Officials on Science and Technology Meeting (SOM) and the working group on ICT for societal challenges.