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Maria Cavit

World Union of Wholesale Markets
Former Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
Maria Cavit was Secretary General of the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) from July 2003 until March 2017. WUWM is a non-profit member association that provides a networking and lobbying platform for the management of fresh food wholesale and retail markets in 45+ countries. She was made a WUWM Honorary Member in May 2017. From 1996 until 2003 she worked as the WUWM Executive Secretary within its then mother organisation - the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA).

Before beginning her WUWM role within IULA, Maria helped organised the World Mayoral Forum held during Habitat II (the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements) in Istanbul and she also managed the Secretariat of the European Municipal Insurance Group.

Prior to life in the Netherlands, Maria worked 4 years in the marketing department of the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand (HortResearch). She has held various roles in the public relations and event management sectors in Oceania, also working three years as a newspaper journalist in Australia.