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In 1987, she obtained the International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Adriatic. She attended the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS) in Rome, where she graduated in Political Sciences (International Relations). In 1990, she became a flight attendant for Air France.
Since 1999, she is an official of the United Nations World Food Programme. She is currently the director of the United Nations World Food Program for France and Monaco, headquartered in Paris. In February 2015, she conceived, managed and launched the global awareness campaign "805 million names" with football star Zlatan Ibrahimović and ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors.
- A woman soldier: diary of an Italian lieutenant in Lebanon (Rizzoli - 2008). This is the first book written in Italy by a woman-soldier and tells the everyday life of soldiers in the front line.
- The train of Kosovo Polje (SELLERIO - 2003) for which she received the Award for Fiction The Country of Women.
- Essays on civil-military relations among them: "The role of female soldiers in peacekeeping missions" (Italian Air Force Magazine), "Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership" (Il Sole 24 ore - Harvard Business Review).
- "Marina Catena: soldier and humanitarian". euronews. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- TEDx talk: "The Magic of Names"
- "805 million names" campaign with football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Huffington Post OP-ED: "805 Million Names" and how it all started
- Visite de la Directrice du PAM Mme Marina Catena à Monaco - News Monte-Carlo (in French)
- Interview: ERASMUS Alumni (in Italian)
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