With more than 15 years of experiences 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 field experiences in Africa. 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 field visits. For the last four years, Maria was already based in Brussels as 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. She has been appointed as the New Director of VOICE in November 2021.