Lily Serna is a mathematician with an unrivalled passion for education, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advocacy . In 2009, she completed a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance and a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. She did an Honours year with a first class thesis in Mathematics, with applications in Biology. She has sat on the Board of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute for four years. In 2012 she was appointed Numeracy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week.
However, Lily is best known for her media work: as the resident Numbers Expert on SBS's Letters and Numbers with David Astle and Richard Morecroft. She was also co-host of SBS's Destination Flavour. Lily has also published a maths puzzle book named Lily's Numbers Puzzles.
Lily is a data analyst at the enterprise software company, Atlassian, specialising in building mathematical and statistical models.
Client Comments for Lily Serna
- Lily spoke very naturally about her experiences and connected well with her audience. The students remained thoroughly engaged throughout her presentation. Thank you Lily.
University of New South Wales
- Lily was an engaging, funny and relaxed speaker. She came early and was well prepared. The speech content was perfect for the event and audience. Lily ran the game 'numbers' brilliantly and it was a really great addition to our event allowing people to see her in action in our very own ABS numbers game. She was also very generous with her time staying behind to sign autographs and for people to get their photo taken with her.
Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Lily was really engaging, but more importantly, was so willing to mingle and speak with individuals. With the relaxed nature of this event, it was so appreciated!
The Association of Independent Schools of NSW Ltd
- Lily was very engaging and the students immediately related to her. Her talk was interesting and relevant to our girls. When we played the Letters and Numbers game, she was encouraging when students were sharing their responses and helped us with her mental arithmetic techniques.
Santa Sabina College
- Absolutely fantastic. Lily was marvellous.
- I just wanted to thank you again for your work at the Sunrise Alpha. I am so pleased with how it turned out, and have had excellent feedback from some of the students already. You did an awesome job MCing the semi chaos of our experiment into a smooth show!
With Google's help we're already dreaming of rolling this out nationally, so hopefully we can work together some more!
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"Tamie and Emma are wonderful! I was amazed at the phone call I received on the day of my event from Emma offering any assistance I may need. That is definitely above and beyond what is expected."
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