Born and raised in the Arctic, she studied Russian literature and languages in Siberia, television - in Moscow and documentary film-making - in New York. She worked as a radio journalist and television producer, created several documentaries, edited and published few books, founded and fully administered international film festival in Alaska, lead marketing department in a commercial bank in Russia, and then served as trade commissioner for her home country in Canada for ten consecutive years. In the last five years she worked on feature film as script editor, and private business consultant. Analytical and creative, she masterminded Culterra Magica, arts and culture enrichment program, and launched it in Northern Tuscany, Italy with support of Toronto's Business, Arts and Culture Integration Centre (BACIC) in 2014. Aside of her business pursuits, she became really passionate about bread baking and sculpture. Starting summer of 2017 Marina offers a new class to Culterra Magica's guests, - Bread is Culture. She is convinced that only creativity and hard work help to convert a dream into reality.
Montreal’s Concordia University Graduate in Fine Arts, she is a multilingual traveler, originally from Siberia. Her interests are broad, - from guitar and painting to fashion and design, - and she enjoys anything arts and music related.
Philanthropy is a big part of Sayyyna’s life, she is kind, responsible and genuinely passionate about helping others, therefore she volunteers a lot. She is somewhat a perfectionist, but highly creative and easy-going, and focused on enjoying life to the fullest!