Mariana Ziku specialises in the area of cultural informatics and digital heritage. She is a PhD candidate and research associate at the Intelligent Interaction RG, Dept. of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean and a research associate at Web2Learn, currently working in the CitizenHeritage project. She participates in Research & Development projects contributing on crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence and data analysis in the fields of digital culture, cultural heritage and cross-border arts & culture supporting open GLAM (Galleries Libraries, Archives, Museums). She is the co-founder and programme curator of the Biennale of Western Balkans (BoWB), promoting intangible heritage through art, technology and open knowledge in the Balkans, currently running a Creative Europe Programme.

She has an MSc in Digital Humanities (Dept. of Computer Science, KU Leuven), a Certificate of Specialised Training in Cultural Organisations Management (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and MA, BA in Sciences, History and Curation of Art (School of Fine Arts, University of Ioannina). She received her institutional training on digital methods and intangible/documentary/audiovisual heritage in Egypt, Belgium, and Germany granted by the Leonardo da Vinci EU programme. She is also a musical instrument and music theory graduate in classical piano and harmony, of the Municipal Conservatory of Ioannina.