Marina was born and raised in the Netherlands. She obtained her law degree in Groningen and obtained a master’s in Public Policy and studied Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. She is the founder and director of UStudy, an international education consultancy with offices in the Netherlands, Canada, and Malta. Marina has over 17 years of professional experience in the field of international education, e.g. at EducationUSA/AMIDEAST in Washington DC and Tunisia, at education interest organizations in Washington DC, and as a guidance counselor at the International School of The Hague in the Netherlands. She is a Fulbright Grant recipient for her studies in the US and has served on the selection committee for Fulbright grants both in Tunisia and the Netherlands.

She studied and worked in the Netherlands, the US, Korea, Tunisia, Malta, and Canada where she currently lives. Her children have experience studying in the US, Canada, and Colombia. Marina is a native speaker of Dutch and is fluent in English and German and has some basic level knowledge of French, Frisian, and Arabic.