Maria has worked extensively facilitating change processes since 2003. Her current interests are in facilitation of group processes for team building, strategic planning, facilitation, process documentation, design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation processes for projects, as well as training in agricultural and social-related matters. Maria has 13 years experience as a trainer at the university level and six years with rural communities, and has conducted training in Uganda and across Africa. She has a PhD from the Institute of Crop and Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Gottingen, Germany. Maria also has an MSc in Animal Reproductive Physiology at the Graduate School of Tropical Veterinary Science, James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Makerere University, Uganda.