Maria Marenco, born in Latin America, grew up in Sweden and currently based in London.
Maria has spent most of her professional career in the broad overlapping fields of health and informatics. She is inspired by a holistic vision of human wellbeing, that encompassesphysical and mental health. Guided by this vision, and after several years of accumulated and valuable experience also in the pharma industry (i.e. large corporations), Maria launched her own company – MentFort Ltd.
In addition to her entrepreneurial background, Maria is involved in The Swedish Blockchain Association, as a vertical lead for the eHealth/Health sector and the Sweden/NordicChapter Lead for the Government Blockchain Association.
Maria is also part of the HIMSS EMEA Communities Team – Public Affairs and Communications and is the in-house subject matter expert for innovative assistive technologies such as DLT/ Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, as well as Mental Health.
Moreover, she is a HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Taskforce Contributor and member, member and Contributor HIMSS Blockchain Policy and Ethics Tiger Team (PETT)
After having completed the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Program she has been deep diving and exploring the potentials and challenges of DLT (Distributed LedgerTechnologies) in the healthcare domain in a variety of applications.
Embracing her multicultural background and experience, she is always keen to exchange vision, knowledge and thoughtwith her peers across the globe, both in broad aspects of the use of technologies, as well as the importance of cultural and ethical considerations in furthering the potential success of such technology adaption.