Expert, Technical Interoperability Department, Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
Maria has worked on rail related topics for over 15 years. She is currently an expert at OTIF, updating and revising the appendices to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) that deal with the technical provisions on harmonisation and technical interoperability. OTIF is an intergovernmental organisation with 51 member states from Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Maria works closely with the European Commission (EC) and the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) with the view to establishing and maintaining equivalence between international and EU legal provisions. She also deals with cross-cutting activities between the Technical Interoperability, Law and RID departments on issues related to digitalisation and dangerous goods. Maria is educated in international law, diplomacy, international and public relations and holds a PhD in Transport from the University of Oxford and St Anne’s College. You can read more about Maria here.