Matera 2019

Elvira Stephanie De Giacomo was born in 1983 in Toronto to Lucanian parents who had moved there for work . However, they returned to Matera in1990  as they missed their homeland and their family. Elvira’s natural interest in multiculturalism led her to complete a Masters Degree in Intercultural Mediation Sciences (English, French and German) at the University of Bari. Her passion for the area around Matera was crucial to her completing a PHD in Economic Geography, specialising in Tourism Geography. During her studies she started collaborating with the Agency for Territorial Promotion of Basilicata(APT).Thanks to her management and organizational skills she coordinated the Data Processing Centre where she became skilled in collecting and processing statistical data, and in tourism legislation and tourist accommodation  services.
She enthusiastically accepted the invitation to be involved in the drafting of the first Candidacy Bid Book  for Matera 2019. Over these months of intense work, characterized by close collaboration and intense cultural activity, she took the minutes of the Scientific Committee. She also coordinated the drafting of the Bid Book, which was one of those selected from among 20 Italian candidate cities. At the end of this period of hard work she left the Committee to have a  baby. She continued to be involved in various activities for the Committee and subsequently for the Foundation, where she began working regularly in December 2017.
At present she works in the Executive Office, supporting the activities of the Executive  and Administrative Offices. She helps to organise institutional meetings and coordinates the activities of all managers across the Foundation.