Maria Shiao (SEAS '86) has been on the CUCL Board since its creation in 2004. She has most recently been leading the Columbia Venture Community and CAA Arts Access initiatives in London. Before moving to London, she was the Founding President of the Columbia Alumni Club of Paris (2001-2004), and has been an ARC member or chair in Paris, Brussels, and London. Maria received the Columbia Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service in 2010.
Maria is a tech entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to startups and their growth ecosystem. She works across many technologies but now focuses on IoT and Smart Cities (hardware, SaaS, analytics/AI). Prior to her startup life, she had a successful corporate career with leading global telecoms and IT companies.
A native of Spain, Maria has lived in the US, France, Belgium and for the last 12 years, in the UK. In addition to her BS (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Columbia, she holds a MSEE from Telecom ParisTech and an MBA (Hons) from ESSEC Paris.