María-José, hailing from Mexico City, has been a program lead at the HPI School of Design Thinking since 2020, and coaching design thinking since 2016 with projects spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her educational background entails an MA in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance, specializing in Public Innovation Labs in Germany. A year of certification in Design thinking. She also holds a political science and public administration BA from the Universidad Iberoamericana. With 10+ years of experience being a social entrepreneur: founding social enterprises/NGOs, both in Mexico City and Berlin, focusing on community building, sustainability, and women’s empowerment both in marginalized and indigenous communities.