Maria Herczog is the Senior Technical Advisor for Better Care Network. She is an economist and sociologist with over 35 years of experience in teaching and researching in family matters, child protection, and child welfare. Maria has played an important role in the child protection reforms of Hungary and other transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe during the last nearly three decades, including as a temporary advisor to UNICEF, WHO, Council of Europe, national governments, and the European Union. She has been a civil society representative on the EU Economic and Social Committee and a member of the Hungarian Economic and Social Alliance. Maria was elected to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Committee in 2006 and 2010, and served as the rapporteur for two years. She is a founding member of Eurochild on behalf of the Family, Child, Youth Association in Hungary and has held many roles since 1993, including board member and President. Maria has authored several books and articles on child welfare and child protection based on her national and international research projects, primarily on children deprived of family care, the child protection system, child abuse and neglect, and alternative techniques for tackling violence, abuse and conflict. Maria holds an MA in Economics from Karl Marx University of Economics, a Ph.D. (Csc) in Sociology from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and habilitated at the University of Pecs, Hungary.