Serena Ribisi was born in Sicily and loves books and words, a passion that led to a degree in Modern Literature at the University of Palermo. In 2012 she started to work with Navarra Editore, and the Una Marina di libri book festival in Palermo. At the same time, she helped to set up a small company, Veritec Srl, where she worked as administrator. Dividing her work time between two apparently unconnected areas, culture and business, made her realise she needed to acquire skills that would provide her with financial support while doing what she loves.
So she moved to Venice and took a degree in Economics, Arts and Cultural Activities Management at Ca’ Foscari University and in the meantime worked with entities involved in exhibition and event organisation, like We Exhibit and her university.
After her degree, she decided to return to sunny Sicily, to work in cultural planning for the Farm Cultural Park at Favara. While doing this she also completed a Masters in Economics and Management of Cultural Property and UNESCO Heritage.
In 2018 she was selected to take part in the initiative Build Up by the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation, which enabled her to become an official Linker-Junior. This exciting training and social experience made her passionate about the Matera European Capital of Culture project.
Since April 2019 she has been working as Online Ticketing and Info Point Manager and hopes that the south of Italy will benefit from the legacy of Matera 2019.