María Fernández Sabau specialises in strategic planning, policymaking, concept and development for foundations, third sector and governments worldwide.
María’s international personal and professional experience have helped her develop an ability to understand culturally diverse group’s needs and agendas, making her a trusted advisor in the identification of priorities and recommendation of strategies.
For more than 15 years as researcher she has created visions and impact strategies in more than a dozen countries. Some of her projects include: policy developments for several UNESCO offices in South East Asia, Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Strategic Plans since 2003; advisory assistance to United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); impact research analysis for Tate Exchange o collaborations with PLANTA project- Fundación Sorigué among others.
Since 2015 María is a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and has facilitated and participated in several of its Sessions. Since 2017 she is also Impact Research Fellow at the University of Westminster.
She has recently completed her Masters in Contemporary Migration and specialised in Social Innovation. And she is currently writing her dissertation about private sponsorship of refugees with the objective to identify new models of support to asylum seekers.
Maria is also a member of the Fundación Compromiso y Transparencia Advisory Board, committed to promote transparency, corporate governance and social innovation. She is advisor to Cmax Foundation, whose mission is to promote and support innovative ideas that will help improve the quality of life of displaced people by natural disasters and complex emergencies by delivering humanitarian shelter and aid solutions. And, she participates as guest speaker in a number of specialized conferences and University courses and contributes on a regular basis to specialized publications.