Marianna has broad expertise in democratization, local politics, human rights, gender issues and capacity-building. She has worked in the MENA region and Eastern Europe. At The Academy, she focuses on local democracy, anti-corruption, integrity and gender. She previously worked for the Foundation Max van der Stoel as a Project Manager, where she was responsible for projects around democratization in the MENA region. She has designed and facilitated trainings on, a.o. capacity building and political skills. She holds an MA degree in International Relations from the University of Auvergne in France and has completed a post-academic course on International Relations and Diplomacy at the Clingendael Institute.