A Peruvian lawyer and policy maker with five years of experience working in the non-profit and public sectors, Maria aims to promote the social and economic inclusion of citizens in Peru and other developing countries- focusing on improving public education and providing adequate land governance. While working for the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, she gained insights on how defective legal frameworks together with informal economies hindered access to property rights of vulnerable populations in Peru and India. In 2014, after working as a consultant for the World Bank on land governance, she became advisor to the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, drafting legal initiatives and taking part in APEC meetings. Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and a professional title of Lawyer with the highest honours. She comes to Oxford after having worked at the Ministry of Education for two years. Among her various achievements there, she developed and led a mobile text messaging project to provide teachers with clear information on the Ministry’s policies and to motivate them by showcasing their importance to improve public education. The programme reaches more than 200,000 teachers and has been received positively nationwide.