Maria Groenewald was appointed as VOICE Director in November 2021. With more than 15 years of experience in the NGO sector, Maria Groenewald has developed solid advocacy and project management skills in both, the humanitarian and development field.
Having studied Political Science, Communication Science, and Sociology in Germany and France, Maria started her career working for the German VOICE member The Johanniter International Assistance where she gained a lot of operational experiences, e. g. in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Chad or Djibouti.
After that, Maria joined another VOICE member, Plan International Germany, where she stayed for more than ten years in different roles, e. g. being responsible for the humanitarian and development programme in Asia with extended monitoring visits to Indonesia, Timor-Leste, the Philippines or Pakistan. Before joining VOICE, Maria was already based in Brussels for four years as Plan Germany’s Senior Resource Mobilisation Manager for DG ECHO and DEVCO (now INTPA).
Specialised in humanitarian and development programming, nexus, business development, resource mobilisation, child rights programming, audits and ex-ante assessments, Humanitarian Partnership (former FPA) and Grand Bargain, Maria joined the VOICE Secretariat’s team in February 2021 as Programme Coordinator and Deputy Director before stepping up as Director ad interim in July 2021 and finally becoming the Director.