Maria Fokianou is a lawyer, a graduate of the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace and holder of two postgraduate degrees: "Crisis, Mass Disaster and Emergency Situations Management" by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and “Health Economics and Management” by University of Piraeus. She had been member of Athens Bar Association from 1994 to 2018 and member of the Administrative Chamber since 2011.
She has worked for Human Rights and Democratization International Organizations, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda, the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Angola, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kossovo. She has also served in Greece as the Director of Human Recourses of Doctors without Borders, the Coordinator of the education programme in the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment and Culture & Sustainable Development, and as the Deputy Director of ELIX -Voluntary Work Camps.
She was a consultant of Members of the Hellenic Parliament (Ch. Karydi, G. Papadimitriou, D. Papadimoulis) and ministers (Ph. Sachinidis, N. Filis).
She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
She has been the Director of the Appeals Authority since September 2018.