Lorena Aldana is a heritage professional from Mexico. She is the European Policy Coordinator at Europa Nostra, the largest and most representative umbrella organisation for heritage NGOs in Europe. In this role, she coordinates Europa Nostra's work in the field of EU heritage policy and advocacy. She also coordinates the participation of the organisation in different EU-funded heritage projects. Previously, she was part of the task force charged with implementing the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 in the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). As such, she worked on the design, management and communication of the Year’s activities at EU level. In the past, she also worked for the Organisation for Economic Co–operation and Development (OECD), in the research and design of heritage–led local development strategies. She has participated as speaker and panelist in manifold international conferences, such as the European Cultural Forum 2017 by the European Commission in Milan, the UNESCO Italian Youth Forum 2018 in Matera, the Cultural Heritage for a More Reliable Europe Conference by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Plovdiv, the European Youth Event 2018 by the European Parliament in Strasbourg and the #EuropeForCulture Conference by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Vienna. She holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Economics and Management (University of Bologna, Italy), a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs (ITESM, Mexico) and a Certificate in Political Science (Science Po Toulouse, France).