Maria Palombini, MBA
Director, Emerging Communities & Initiatives Development, Global Business Strategy & Intelligence, IEEE-Standards Association
In 2017, Maria joined IEEE SA with a directive to build communities and advance initiatives to develop standards for enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. Her area of focus includes research on challenges and opportunities in integrating cutting-edge technologies such as AI, IoT, ML, VR/AR, smart materials and blockchain/DLT in the life science domain. She instituted the pharma blockchain initiative which seeks to educate all stakeholders – patients, regulatory, clinicians, pharmaceutical professionals, scientists, technologists - on the benefits and challenges of applying blockchain/DLT platforms to enable a patient-centric identity system that would benefit both the patient and critical operational areas of the pharmaceutical value chain. The work includes educating and building a global collaborative community that can reach consensus on technical standards and new protocol guidance required to enable industry buy-in for these emerging technologies and their breakthrough applications.
Maria currently leads the IEEE SA Life Science Practice with a mission to cultivate global group of experts to openly collaborate, evaluate and drive adoption of breakthrough technologies that are viable in preserving, protecting and sustaining life.
Maria has enjoyed a significant and accomplished career in multiple industry sectors (ie. pharmaceutical, life sciences, legal, finance, natural resources/mining, and luxury goods) both in the US and abroad. Her success has been the ability to motivate audiences to change a behavior and take an action. That ability to motivate a response is rooted in her core philosophy, “Technology inspires us; passion for change moves us.”
Maria currently holds an MBA from the Rutgers Graduate School of Business and a BA and BS from Rutgers College at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. She is an accomplished leader, public speaker, and writer having presented at various industry events and published blogs and articles in trade publications.