María Cortés Puch
Director of the Networks Program, Paris
19, Rue Bergère
75009 Paris, France
María Cortés Puch is the Director of the Networks Program for the SDSN. She leads the SDSN efforts to build a global network of universities, research centers and civil society organizations to support the sustainable development goals. The Networks Program works with the members of the SDSN, organizing them around National and Regional Networks. These Networks pursue sustainable development innovation locally through research, degree programs, executive training, public education, demonstration projects, convening of social stakeholders and incubation of new companies.
Prior to joining the SDSN, María worked for UNESCO at the Science Policy and Sustainable Development Division. Previously, she coordinated the European energy and transport programs at the Polytechnic University in Madrid, and worked for two years as a Scientific Officer at the Spanish Office for Science and Technology in Brussels, analyzing EU policies for international cooperation, transport and energy. She began her professional career with the National Institute of Aerospace Technology in Madrid as a Technology Transfer Officer.
Maria holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University (Fulbright scholar) and BSc. and MSc. degrees in physics from the Complutense University in Madrid (with one year at Paris VII as an Erasmus scholar). She currently lives in Ottawa with her family.