Maria was granted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Major in Applied Thermodynamics; a M.Sc. degree in Engineering Policy and Management of Technology; and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Industrial Management, partially conducted at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU | PA, USA).
Maria holds a diversified career in sustainable energy, having been employee of Agência de Inovação, the Portuguese National Innovation Agency; employee of IrRadiare, De Viris and WIN ENERGY, private companies; founding partner and manager of wee-solutions and Green Egg; president of APISOLAR, the Portuguese Solar Industry Association; and in-house consultant of ADENE, the Portuguese Energy Agency.
Presently, she is Technical and Financial Director of Lisbon's Energy and Environment Agency. Lisboa e-Nova; and research fellow and member of the scientific council of IN+, Centre for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research at IST.