Valentina was born in Cyprus and has lived in Alexandroupolis since 2003. She has a BA in Education, and an MSc in Informal Learning (Democritus University of Thrace). Fond of continuous professional development, she expands her knowledge through seminars, workshops and courses. Head of Museum Education at the Ethnological Museum of Thrace for 8 years (where she started as a volunteer in 2007), she also leads various community projects and activities with diverse audiences of all ages and is the city leader for Fashion Revolution Greece (an NGO working towards ethical and sustainable fashion).
She loves to combine techniques: historical empathy, performance, improvisation, museum theatre, gastronomy, art and adjust them to site specific and local needs. Although as a child she felt that museums were boring, she now passionately believes that the application of museum education methods to social issues can bring about change and, naturally, uses every given opportunity to put that to the test.
As a START Fellow, Valentina enhances her cultural management skills and discovers new strategies for meaningful impact. Through her initiative EMERGE, a community PopUp Museum to disrupt perceptions of mental illness and promote mental health in Greece, she plans to use this methodology and pop up even more!