Rossella Tarantino

@ Matera 2019

Economist, she is specialized in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies, with a focus on education, culture and social innovation.

She is the Development and Relations Manager of the Foundation Matera-Basilicata 2019.

From 2002 to 2014 she worked in in the Public Investment Evaluation Unit of Basilicata Region: she drafted Strategic Plans (i.e. Regional Economic and Financial Programmes), conducted evaluation studies on projects and policies, designed and developed pilot projects on local development empowered by creativity (i.e. Visioni Urbane, considered as one of the best practices in cultural policies). In addition, she also took part in twinning experiences with Eastern Countries and ran a project on archeology and communities involvement in Jordan.

In 2010, she was entrusted by Regione Basilicata to Matera 2019 Committee for the preparation of the bid for the title of ECOC. As Project manager, she defined and ran the pilot projects and residencies aimed to strengthen the EU dimension and to encompass it in the city and citizens dimension, developed all the plans aimed to ensure the budget allocation of the bid book, ensured a close coordination between the bid strategy and the regional and urban policies, took part in the drafting of the 2 bid books as to the aspects concerning finance, legacy and governance as well as to the 2 interviews with the Selection Panel. From 1994 to 2001, she worked in Brussels and matured a long experience in running and assessing cooperation programmes with third countries (India, Mediterranean countries) in the cultural and education field. She took part in several monitoring missions on site both in Indian and EU Universities. In addition, she designed and ran a EU project on Museums storytelling and merchandising.

For the European Commission she took part in a number of selection panels of EC projects in the media and cultural sector. She is also the author of 3 publications (Feasibility studies on tourism and culture; on Visioni Urbane; on Open Matera-Open future, published on Symbola Annual Report).

European committed, she had the privilege of being one of the first Erasmus students (1988 University of Louvain la Neuve).