Maria Aiolova is an educator, designer, consultant and community builder in New York City. She is an innovator in ecological design, smart cities, and sustainable urban infrastructure. Maria is the Leader of Arup University in the Americas, where she directs learning, research, foresight, and innovation. She co-founded Terreform ONE, urban research, and foresight consulting group. She worked with the developer of New Lab to create a vibrant community of over 100 companies working in emerging technologies such as urban tech, robotics, artificial intelligence, and connected devices. Maria served as the Academic Director of Global Programs at CIEE, where she created semester-long programs in Berlin, Barcelona, Prague, Shanghai, Cape Town, and New York City. She is an inventor who holds 18 technology patents. Maria lectures and teaches internationally about design principles and emergent practices.