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Regional HR Learning & Development Director (APAC, GC, MEA)
Rohde & Schwarz

Regional HR Learning & Development Director (APAC, GC, MEA) at Rohde & Schwarz, and the Founder and Chair at Leadership ScientificTM, Maria is a Behavioral Scientist specializing in Servant Leadership Strategy. Maria has a consistent track record of success in reducing companies' attrition rates and raising employee work passion by connecting the people's purpose to organizational results through her ground-breaking research on Servant Leadership. A client complimented: "Maria has helped us reduce 17% of attrition and increased our engagement satisfaction by 90% in less than a year; she is one of us in our corporate family!" – CHRO, Global FMCG. She is also a Professor at the University of Reading, Malaysia, and the International School of Management, Paris, France. Maria has been awarded Top 50 D&I Thinkers by Thinkers 360, and the Top 100 Best Global Coaching & Leadership Professional by the Global HRD Congress. She was honored twice as the Iconic Woman for Creating a Better World For All by the Women Economic Forum. Maria is also a two-time-consecutive Best Researcher award-winner from the ACPSB academic accreditation council, in Paris, France, in 2018, and in Houston, USA, in 2019. Her two latest scientific publications "Key Factors and Used Cases of Servant Leadership Driving Organizational Performance", IGI Global, 2021, is a comprehensive volume on Servant Leadership's effectiveness, and global evidence in organizations; and, "Can Genuine Servant Leadership Gain Followers' Respect for the Leader? Evidence from the Asian high-power distance cultures", ProQuest, 2020, examined the conditions in which servant leadership promotes followers respect for the leader in Asian high-power distance cultures