María Cortés Puch

Vice President of Networks

SDSN Leadership

Madrid, Spain

Maria joined SDSN in 2013 and currently leads its Networks Program, managing the expansion and consolidation of the largest global network of universities, research centers, and civil society organizations working in support of the achievement of the SDGs.

Prior to joining the SDSN, María worked for UNESCO at the Science Policy and Sustainable Development Division for two years. Previously, she coordinated the European energy and transport programs at the Polytechnic University in Madrid, and worked for two years as a Scientific Officer at the Spanish Office for Science and Technology in Brussels, analyzing EU policies for international cooperation, transport and energy research. She began her professional career with the National Institute of Aerospace Technology in Madrid as a Technology Transfer Officer. Maria holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University (Fulbright scholar) and BSc. and MSc. degrees in Physics from the Complutense University in Madrid (with one year at Paris VII as an Erasmus scholar). She is currently based in Madrid with her family.