María José González was raised in Uruguay where she attended college at University of the Republic and obtained her degree in Environmental Engineering. She specialized in Cleaner Production at Center of Cleaner Production, Universidad de Montevideo and is finishing her masters degree in Environmental Engineering. She has more than 18 years of experience in the environmental and waste area, working on consulting for public, private and international organizations. She was National Executive Director of a corporate organization with focus on Integral Waste Management and Recycling (CEMPRE). She worked as a United Nations consultant for the Uruguayan Government as National Project Coordinator for a project with a focus on waste valorization technologies for agro-industrial sectors, energy and circular economy (Biovalor – www.biovalor.gub.uy). Today she is working as a technical advisor of the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, coordinating the Environmental Unit and leading the Uruguayan Hydrogen Strategy.