With 20 years' experience in the development sector Maria is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Inclusive Societies pillar of the H&M Foundation. Further, she heads the foundation's programme in India, addressing the systemic interrelated challenges in the ecosystem surrounding informal waste pickers. The programme takes a holistic approach andincludes nine partner organisations as well as supporting social entrepreneurs and building business opportunities in the circular economy space. Maria joined the H&M Foundation at its inception in 2013 and has previously worked within several international development organisations such as the Swedish UN Association and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Maria holds a bachelor's degree from University of Sussex, BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology with Development Studies, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Science Research from Nottingham Trent University.