Maya was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She studied photography and movement therapy for people with disabilities. She was also running an art gallery in Crete, Greece. After she moved to the Netherlands, she obtained two Masters in creative arts psychotherapy and in performance studies alongside a Certificate of 2 years studies in Medicine and a Certificate in Integrated Human Rights Studies. She comes from a family who is strongly engaged in politics and civil society service, running humanitarian projects in Greece and in conflict countries in the Middle East, Eastern and Central Africa.
She is drawing from her background as interdisciplinary-arts practitioner, researcher, psychotherapist and pedagogue. Her work includes running groups with physical and mentally challenged people, women migrant groups, users of psychiatric institutes, amateur and professional performing artists. She contributes to TMP (transnational migrant platform) a migrants' platform who advocates migrants rights internationally, to Respect-Network Europe an organization who advocates the rights of domestic undocumented migrants, to Media Performance Think-tank, a research lab for performing and media arts and to Beyond Arts Platform, a community-arts based working group. She is member of the Global Coalition on Migration, an international network of migrants’ rights organizations, advocates and trade unions.
In Kromantse foundation, she has the overall responsibility for the successful planning, execution and monitoring of community based projects, women empowerment, enterpreneurship, community health outreach and cultural awarness projects. She is responsible for the development of the business plan, communication, administration of all projects as well of research for new financial resources and promotion of the foundation.