Maria Salem is an international development professional and a Monitoring and Evaluation expert with focus on policy and programming for development and peacebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has an MSc. in Applied Development Studies from the University of Reading in England, and a Post-graduate Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Toronto in Canada. For 23 years Maria had active roles with organizations such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNOPS, UN-ESCWA, European Commission and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Currently, she is the Monitoring and Evaluation specialist with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions – Department of Peace Operations in the UN Headquarters. She is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the UN Mine Action Strategy 2019 – 2023 in (37) countries and territories globally. Maria is a proud mother of two daughters and a supporter of human rights, women’s rights, freedom of expression, and the environment.