María Entrecanales Franco graduated in Law from the Universidad Complutense and holds a Master’s Degree in International Law (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and a Master’s Degree in Managerial Positions in NGOs from ESADE 2000. She is the Co-founder and Honorary Chair of FUNDACIÓN BALIA por la Infancia, which was incorporated in 2001, and which has been awarded the IMPULSA 2011 prize by the Príncipe de Girona Foundation, as well as the UNICEF España prize in 2010 for its Volunteer Network. She currently combines her work at FUNDACIÓN BALIA with different entrepreneurial initiatives (co-founder and responsible for the Image area of the LATERAL Restaurant Chain).
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Barcelona-based FUNDACIÓN MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO and the Advisory Council of the ARCO Foundation. In 2011 she received the National Award for Women Managers, in the category Solidarity and Humanitarian Actions.