María is our keynote speaker for Day 1 at TICTeC 2024: she’ll kick proceedings off by speaking about Joining the dots on civic tech and anti-corruption, drawing from a lifetime of experience in bringing tangible improvements to democracies across the world.

She has a long career in transparency and democratic institutions, working first across Latin America and then globally with both Directorio Legislativo and the Open Government Partnership. Along the way, María also founded the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, convening 24 civil society organisations from 13 countries.

With her team at Directorio, María developed a methodology for building consensus across polarised stakeholders on tricky issues — and has brought many of those agreements to Congress, where they were signed into law.

The Regulatory Alert Service, also from her Directorio team, enables political analysts to predict changes in regulation across 19 countries.

Among many other achievements, María has been awarded the NDI Democracy Award for Civic Innovation.

Directorio Legislativo