Maria Ingold: Strategic Technical Innovator | Speaker | Writer

Media & Entertainment advisor, speaker and writer

Extensive executive expertise (20+ years as CTO) deploying successful emerging visual technology, content monetisation and commercial and consumer experiences across Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT).



Global speaker and thought leader — over 200 times — including NAB, IBC, IABM, "TEDx: Innovating the Impossible". Keynotes, presentation, chairing, C-level interviews and panels. Topics: AI / ML / GenAI, video streaming (VOD / OTT / SVOD / AVOD / security), innovation and sustainability.


CTO / Advisory

Strategy and innovation Chief Technology Officer (CTO) consolidating alignment between customer and business. Permanent / board advisory / consulting / fractional across telecoms and media, streaming, digital innovation, start-ups and private equity.



Published and internal writer — high level or detail on strategy, technology and trends. Magazine and journal articles, white papers, positioning papers, proposals (RFQ, RFI, RFP). Topics include: AI, ML, GenAI, video streaming, smart home, IoT, wearables, VR, innovation and sustainability.

Innovation Thought Leadership

Many companies innovate ineffectively — limiting their potential for growth and high-quality, cost-effective, efficient delivery. Maria provides thought leadership to help companies, teams and individuals easily understand existing and emerging technology, learn how to innovate effectively, and build brand reputations that enable two-way discussions to factor in feedback. 

Maria's Six Steps to Success

Operating globally at executive level, Maria uses six steps to deliver success and Return on Investment (ROI).

Where are you now?

1. Where are you now?

Strategic, commercial, risk and technical audits and due diligence.

Where do you want to go?

2. Where are you going?

Market / product research, risk analysis and vision creation.

How do we get there?

3. How do we get there?

Brief, business case with RoI, reporting and plan development, RFQs / RFIs / RFPs.

Implement it

4. Implement

Lead successful implementation across disparate stakeholders.


5. Operate

Profitably deploy new products and services while maintaining existing offerings.

Talk about it

6. Talk about it

Build brand, share case studies and receive feedback to factor in and repeat.

Learnings from Lockdown: Sustainable Streaming

Credibility through expertise in media and telecoms

Maria builds credibility through expertise by writing useful articles that educate and lead the reader on a journey toward understanding.

Follow mireality’s blog for essential reading on emerging technology, industry trends and insights extracted from expertise in innovation.

Frequently Asked Questions

mireality has worked with start-ups, SMEs, and corporates who are looking to innovate, get a higher return on investment or receive specialist advice. mireality also provides technical and strategic due-diligence for private equity and industry. For government mireality has provided advisory and thought leadership. In a permanent capacity, Maria has been Global VP of Solution Engineering for Synamedia. Maria is open to new opportunities, so reach out.

Pricing has ranged from hourly specialist consultancy or advisory, to fixed-cost projects, to time and materials, to salary for the right role. Contact Maria to discuss your requirements. 

Maria is a British / American dual-national. She can work anywhere British or American passports allow, with London, UK as her home base. In her career she has worked globally, including Americas, APAC and EMEA. Remote, hybrid or on-site is possible with minimal notice, including locations in the UK which require a driving licence and car.

Global VP Solution Engineering (and Bids & Proposals), board advisor, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), or related VP innovation, product or strategy roles.

Reach out to Maria to discuss permanent roles. Maria currently only provides board advisory and creative services through mireality.

Maria is a native English speaker and somewhat conversational in Spanish. She also studied Japanese.

Maria consulted to our company on developing an OTT Strategy and evaluating various technology options for our OTT implementation. It was a pleasure working with Maria, she is not only very knowledgeable technically with good business acumen..she is also a fantastic person!
Maria is excellent to work with. She is very clear and straightforward in what she says, and very knowledgeable in her area. Where she doesn’t know something she will say and find out for you, so you know where you stand. I trust her to a very high degree.