María Engonga studied Law in Alcalá de Henares University, in Spain and a Masters in International Law in Universitat Oberta de Cataluña with the challenge to have a more global vision of the law. She started her career in 2005 working in different Law Firms where acquired a wide and firm work experience in the sector. Her duties in the three different places were mainly focused on mercantile national law and community law. She worked monitoring thoroughly legal procedures, and giving personal advice to her employers. At 26 years of age, her knowledge and her interest in international and community law made her to continue her career in 2007 working in an international environment in the European Institutions, specifically in the European Parliament. Between 2007 to 2012 she was working in the European Parliament, first as a Local Assistant, and afterwards as a Parliamentary Assistant intern to two Spanish MEPs. The tasks she delivered were mainly related to his Parliamentary Committees, which were focused on Transport and Tourism, Legal Affairs and Economy. She was dealing with three languages at work, she studied the different reports and she gave the inputs to the MEPs on the most important topics. One of the Member of Parliament she worked for is the Deputy Head of the Spanish Delegation, which made the job demanding and very interesting. From 2012 she worked in private sector development, project management, EU public funding (H2020) and EU policies (entrepreneurship, innovation and cohesion policy), coordination of ICT, environment and business internationalization related EU projects in the European Centre of Companies and Innovation in the province of Guadalajara, Spain. Today, at 31 years of age María is the Technician Responsible for European Projects in the Business Incubator of the province of Guadalajara (CEEI) where she has fortunate to perform various duties as the promotion and improvement of the participation of the entrepreneurs around the province of Guadalajara, where one of her main tasks is to impulse the creation and promotion of the innovation and diversification in existing companies within the industrial and technological weave of the province. María is member of Goban and ANCESban, two Business Angels Networks to regional and national level, through which she was looking for investors that will help finance the realization of the different business plans that she is coordinating. Nowadays her main challenge is to find new models of business incubators, especially in foreign sectors, models which are already successfully working.
María is also the person responsible for Foreign Trade Department in the Business Confederation of Guadalajara with which the BIC Guadalajara has a close relationship, being the CEOE-Guadalajara one of the sponsors of the Foundation.