Maria Staszkiewicz studied Linguistics, International Relations and European Studies in Poland and Germany. Afterwards, she worked in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels. Since 2010, she has been living in Prague where she has served as Director of the Association for International Affairs and later as Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Central Europe. Currently, she is leading the Czech FinTech Association which represents the interests of businesses which, with the aid of modern technologies, bring innovations to the world of Finance. She is interested in the digital economy and the social impact of digitalisation.