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Maria is a Lawyer, graduated from the University of Sao Paulo and with LL.M. from New York University. Lived and worked in New York, Chicago, Zurich and Copenhagen besides Sao Paulo.

Currently she is Head of Compliance for Region Europe at Novo Nordisk (since 2017) based in Copenhagen.

Before that, Maria was Associate General Counsel/Head of Compliance for Novo Nordisk International Operations based in Zurich (2014-2016). Earlier, she gained extensive experience in Latin America, starting as M&A transaction lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, later as Head of Legal & Compliance for Novo Nordisk in Latin America (2004-2013).