Treasure Earth Prize Team

Treasure Earth Appoints new Non-Executive Director

Maria C. Scanlan, Non-Executive Director

Treasure Earth is delighted to announce the appointment of Maria Scanlan to the Board as Non-Executive Director, effective 17 October 2018.

A highly skilled legal professional, Maria brings a wealth of international experience, firstly in financial services as Head of Legal at Royal Bank of Scotland, where she leads a team of in-house lawyers, prior to which, as Senior Associate at DLA Piper, she specialised in complex High Court litigation, international arbitration and regulatory investigations, and again as Senior Associate in the international arbitration team at US global law firm WilmerHale in London.


Having started her career as a solicitor at one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent law firms, Russell McVeagh, Maria moved on to become Foreign Policy Advisor at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade where she worked as a Foreign Policy Advisor, responsible for WTO accessions, and while at the Ministry, she was seconded to the New Zealand Parliament as Private Secretary for the Cabinet Ministers for Trade, Trade Negotiations and Disarmament.

Maria holds a BCL (Oxon) Masters in Law degree from Oxford University, with a Distinction in International Dispute Settlement, and was the University of Oxford Law School’s sponsored representative for the Hague Academy of International Law.  She has also attained a certificate in WTO/International Trade Law from Georgetown University Law Centre and a Bachelor’s Degree B.A. LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland, with the equivalent of First Class Honours in both degrees.

Maria currently volunteers for Liberty’s human rights advice line as part of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s pro bono Programme and has been a Committee Member of DLA Piper’s WIN Future Legal Leaders and a pro bono law lecturer at the University of Tanzania.

Welcome Maria

The valued skill-set that Maria brings to Treasure earth C.I.C complements the existing team perfectly and will contribute greatly to the success of the Paradigm Prizes, to the strategic direction of the company and to the vision of the Treasure Earth challenge addressing major global challenges of the 21st century in areas of peace, climate, CSR and care.