Clara was born in Paris. In 2002, after studies in urban planning, a master’s in local development and European Voluntary Service safeguarding rural landscapes, she decided to move from the French capital to Ioannina, the capital of Epirus in Greece.
Working as project manager for European programs, she was designing and managing cooperation programs in the field of cultural heritage for more than 10 years before joining the team of a Greek parliament member. All together, her experience so far has convinced her that cooperation, capacity-building, local empowerment and participatory process are key aspects in local development.
Seizing the opportunity offered by the START program in 2019 to reinvent her career path, gain knowledge and explore tools to put the local community at the heart of the city; Clara seeks to experiment with gaming approaches and encourage the local population to actively play with the history of their city, discover the "treasures" surrounding them and write common stories. Her objective: to turn the local community into the ambassadors of their city, follow her traces and discover Ioannina's potential.