Following her early years in Europe, Silvana was educated in Ballarat before moving to Melbourne to study at Monash University. Silvana has had a wide and varied commercial career.
She commenced her career with the CES as an employment officer and following overseas travel, she joined Jetset Tours as a European consultant deploying her multilingual skills.
Subsequently she joined the most progressive library in Australia (Carringbush Regional Library) as the Secretary to the library and Community Activities Organiser. She developed an extensive program of adult classes and holiday activity programs over two campuses catering to the suburbs of Richmond and Collingwood.
Then followed major engagements in the publishing industry with a focus on sales and marketing of educational lists, first with Thomas Nelson and later with Blackwell Scientific including developing teaching videos for primary reading and maths programs as well as exporting the programs to the USA.
Relocating to Brisbane in 1991, she worked as sales and marketing manager for TriCare with responsibility for their retirement villages in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Then to LJ Hooker Project Marketing to work on the Teneriffe Wharves Project becoming the project manager responsible for record sales and personally settled 382 apartment sales. From Marketing Manager for LJ Hooker Project Marketing, she pivoted to establish a new project marketing company, Michelle Harris Property Marketing. The company became one of the leading off-the-plan property marketing companies during that time.
Subsequently Silvana set up the development company, the Neolido Group with Richard Spencer. Since then, she has been involved in property development including prosecuting the compensation claim for the land on which the GoBetween bridge was built, the realization of a joint venture in a 240ha development at Mango Hill and with startup companies such as Legion Telecom.
In the legal industry she has been involved with Delta Law and more recently Law & Commerce Partners. Her skills in the legal office include an intuitive capacity for the understanding of and engagement in lay research and court procedure, as well as a rare ability to assist and manage counsel within the demands of complex litigation.