Maria is a maritime lawyer who has been working in the Greek shipping market since 2002. She is currently the in-house legal counsel at Load Line Marine SA. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce (in Economics and Accounting) from the University of Melbourne, she travelled to the UK where she obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Bristol and thereafter qualified as a Barrister-at –Law from the Inns of Court School of Law. She is a Member of Lincoln’s Inn in London. She is also a qualified English solicitor and a Greek qualified lawyer. She started her legal career in London and subsequently worked in two major international law firms with offices in Piraeus. In 2006 she was one of the founding members of Young Shipping Professionals (YSP) in Piraeus, where she served on the Board until 2012. She has been a speaker on shipping law practice and new developments in numerous conferences/presentations in Greece and abroad. She recently qualified as a CEDR accredited mediator and has been working in the promotion of mediation in Greece and internationally.