Having a deep passion for innovative pedagogy and self-awareness, Maria aims to plant her own seed in the field of social change. With the completion of a double B.A in Business Administration and Pedagogy (Athens University of Economics and Business), she began her career in the field of social entrepreneurship as community facilitator and project manager in an educational program for youth entrepreneurs in the Impact Hub (Athens). In recent years, she has worked as a trainer in different organizations (the British Council, Save the Children etc.), delivering multi-varied educational programs and activities. Continuing her studies with a 3 year degree in Theatrical Play and an MSc in Counselling Psychology (University of Thessaly), she developed her ideas for an holistic approach to education. Her interdisciplinary working experience with teachers, children and adolescents from different cultures, backgrounds and ages, has shaped her aim: social empowerment through a community space offering culture, self-awareness and civic engagement in combined educational programs. Taking the 2018 START Fellowship Program as an opportunity to develop this goal further, she has formulated this into a project to combine her interests and fulfil her vision for social change.