Maria is an experienced and award-winning communications practitioner and copywriter with over 20 years’ industry experience. She specialises in global thought leadership, professional sports and finance communications.
In 2018 she won an APEX Award in the 30th Annual (United States) APEX Awards for Writing – Best Rewrites ““Investing in technology stocks has become vital for returns”.
She is also a competition judge for Newsletters & Communications in the SA Publications Forum Competition in South Africa. Now in its 17th year, the Forum rewards excellence in internal and external corporate communication media. She is a jury panel member for the African Excellence Awards, which honours the most outstanding achievements of communications professionals across Africa.
Maria served as contributing editor of alternatives magazine HedgeNews Africa for six years where she extensively covered emerging market alternatives, African markets and interviewed numerous Africa and emerging market-focused global funds. She has also moderated Africa-focused panels at alternative fund events.
Prior to returning to South Africa in 2006, Maria spent seven years in London working in global communications for blue-chip financial services companies including HSBC, Deutsche Bank and the world’s second largest hedge fund administrator at the time, Bank of Bermuda.
Maria holds a post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London, and a post-graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of the Free State, South Africa.