I am Maria and I was born in Lima, Peru. I left home when I was 18 to study in The Netherlands. That was the first time where I left my comfort zone. I enjoyed and learned so much that I continued to move around. I’ve lived in different countries: France, China and now UK, so I enjoy travelling, discovering new cultures, languages and connecting with people. Peru is a country of big differences and my parents always encouraged me to appreciate what we had and give back to those in need. I was an active member of an organisation where we constructed emergency housing in the slums of Lima and I also visited a local hospital and play with waiting their chemotherapy. I joined IKEA in 2015 as Marketing Purchaser in IMS (Service Office, London) and since May 2018 I became the Marketing Leader in Greenwich store, London.