Maya is a researcher and consultant working on inequality, poverty and fiscal policy. Her expertise is in distributional analysis, and she also enjoys more conceptual, and ethnographic style research. She currently works both for academic institutes like the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town and International Organisations like the World Bank's Equity Poverty Lab and the Global Development Network. She has a Masters in Economics (Public Policy and Development) from Toulouse School of Economics and was awarded an ODI Fellowship, during which she
worked in the governments of East Timor and Burundi.