Maria-Ottavia is a master candidate in international history at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Her thesis focuses on human trafficking in the Mediterranean with a strong focus on emotional and physical abuse, as well as violence and collective memory. Prior to moving to Geneva, she completed a Bachelor of History at the Universities of Paris IV-Sorbonne in Paris and Ludwig-Maximilians in Munich.
Her various experiences living abroad taught her the necessity of adaptation and the crucial impact that knowledge of a local language can have. She currently teaches French to asylum seekers as part of the Migration Initiative at the Institute.