Director, Emerging Communities & Initiatives Development Global Business Strategy & Intelligence,
IEEE Standards Association
My professional life has given me an opportunity to meet and work with talented people and see the world from many different aspects. Each experience has opened a new door of learning but none have been as inspiring as the world of disruptive and emerging technologies. I am believer that disruption is not always bad and when adopted on the principle of growing economies that lead to better quality of life or the advancement of underserved populations, that it should be embraced to the fullest extent. I have been fortunate enough to work in many different industry sectors including finance, legal, pharma/life sciences, telecommunications, and natural resources. The driving force to learn and accelerate in those sectors is my passion for “changing the status quo.” As an enthusiast of blockchain and advocate for emerging technologies adoption, I get the unique opportunity to fully utilize the unique combination of knowledge on multiple industry sectors with my passion for innovative disruption. And for that, I am energized to see what tomorrow brings. Maria is the founder of DisruptiveRx, an information gateway addressing the critical need for pharmaceutical and life sciences executives to connect innovation with business strategy to re-think the pharmaceutical value chain. She has extensive experience in building global media and events brands in multiple industry sectors. She holds a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers College and an M.B.A. from Rutgers Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University.