María Solanas is Director of Programs at Real Instituto Elcano. Licenced in Political Science and Sociology (Political Sociology) and Information Sciences (Journalism) at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she has developed her professional career in the field of international and institutional relationships and political advocacy. She has been Vocal Adviser at International Policy and Security department at the Presidency of the Government (2004-2011), where she had responsibilities for Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as for issues related to migrations and human rights. She was coordinator of the Secretariat of International Relationships in the PSOE governament (2003-2004) and, between 1993 and 2003 was responsible for European issues. Her main areas of research are foreign policy, gender, equality and global governance. She is second vicepresident of the UNICEF Spanish Committee and member of the Mediterranean Network of Women Mediators.