Mariana Ziku is the co-founder and programme curator of the Biennale of Western Balkans. She is interested in the intersection of digital, traditional and open culture.
She is a Ph.D. candidate and research associate at the Intelligent Interaction research group, Dept. of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean. Her research is in crowdsourcing and participation applying open data in digital cultural heritage, with focus on intangible cultural heritage. She holds an MSc in Digital Humanities, Department of Computer Science, KU Leuven, a Certificate of Specialised Training in Cultural Organisations Management, University of Athens, a MA and BA in Sciences, History and Curation of Art, School of Fine Arts, University of Ioannina. She authors, organises and participates in European, Balkan cross-border and national research and cultural projects, and has received her institutional training on digital methods and intangible/audiovisual/documentary heritage in Egypt, Belgium, and Germany granted by the Leonardo da Vinci European Commission programme.