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María José Espona has always been passionate about knowledge and its application to real-world issues. Her fascination with science and technology and her strong sense of social responsibility led her to set up ArgIQ, Argentina Information Quality, a non-profit organization based in Buenos Aires, that advocates for the use of information quality methodology in Spanish-speaking nations. Through her leadership, the organization has gained recognition both locally and internationally, earning her the Leadership Award from the prestigious MIT IQ Program in 2010.
Espona’s extensive research on weapons of mass destruction, particularly biological weapons, has also gained her acclaim in the academic community. In 2019, she received a doctorate in criminology from the University of Granada, Spain. Before this, she earned a master’s degree in terrorism studies from UNIR, Spain, which further fuelled her interest in criminology and criminal justice. Her diverse academic background also includes a degree in Biology from Argentina’s University of Buenos Aires. Presently, she is working on a master’s course on university education from the Buenos Aires University.
But it wasn’t just her research that had garnered attention. Espona is also a respected educator, teaching graduate courses at various Argentine universities, including the Defense University. Her dedication to educating professionals in intelligence government agencies has earned her the Best Paper Award at the 32nd ISECON in Orlando, USA, in 2015. Her innovative teaching methods also earned her an Iberoamerican recognition for educational excellence and a mention for student excellence from Education 21 in Miami, USA, in 2016.
Espona’s commitment to education and innovation has also been recognized by CorporateLiveWire in 2021/22, who awarded her the title of Most innovative short course provider. In addition, she has been included in the 2022 list of Global Data – Power Women by CDO Magazine and the 2022 list of Leading Academic Data Leaders, cementing her reputation as a global leader in data governance and biological weapons research.
Focused on Delivering High-Quality Courses
María’s primary focus is to continue delivering high-quality courses on information science at various academic institutions, both in Argentina and abroad, catering to English and Spanish-speaking audiences. Additionally, she is committed to running the NGO, ArgIQ and utilizing its website (www.argiq.com.ar) as a platform to host these courses. Furthermore, María’s passion for research will continue to drive her work as she investigates the impact of information quality on decision-making processes in infectious diseases and chemical and biological weapons. Through these efforts, María hopes to make meaningful contributions to the field of information science and equip individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions in these critical areas.