Mariana has a bachelor’s degree in Tourism from UFMG (Brazil) and a Master’s degrees in Human and Social Sciences from Panthéon-Sorbonne Universities (France), University of Padova (Italy) and University of Évora (Portugal). She has experience in the areas of Planning and Public Policies in Tourism, development of cultural itineraries, project elaboration and in local community development. Mariana designed the development project in Rural Tourism in Alvorada de Minas. In 2015, she was invited to take over the Tourism Board at the Municipal Secretary of Culture, Tourism and Heritage of Diamantina, where she was responsible for planning and implementing public tourism policies. She currently works as a consultant and adviser on community-based projects for local and regional development. She is a founding partner of Veredas Tourism Development.