Lily Serna

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Lily Serna
Born (1986-07-05) 5 July 1986 (age 33)
OccupationMathematician, television presenter, data analyst

Lily Serna (born 5 July 1986) is an Australian mathematician and television presenter,[1] best known for co-presenting the SBS game show Letters and Numbers (2010−2012[2]) and the cooking show Destination Flavour (2012). She works as a data analyst for Atlassian in Sydney.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Jerusalem, Serna attended Cheltenham Girls' High School in Sydney, Australia, and graduated from the University of Technology Sydney in 2009, with a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance and a Bachelor of International Studies.[1][3] She spent a year living in Bordeaux, France.[4]


In August 2010, Serna began co-presenting Letters and Numbers on SBS Television while completing honours studying part-time in mathematics with applications in biology.[5][3]

In August 2012, she was appointed Numeracy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week and in September to the board of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute,[6] although she is no longer a board member. She works as a data analyst for software company Atlassian.[7] She had previously been a data analyst at Fairfax Media.[8]

Serna was co-host, with actress and presenter Renee Lim and Adam Liaw (second season winner of MasterChef Australia) of the SBS cooking show Destination Flavour which was first broadcast as a 10-part series in late 2012.[9]

Serna appeared in an episode on risk for the ABC's Catalyst television program which aired in 2019.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Serna became engaged to Blair Hickey at Surprise Bay during a hike in Tasmania early in 2019.[11] They have a child born in late 2019.[12]


  • Serna, L. 2012. Lily's Number Puzzles. Hardie Grant. ISBN 1742704018
  • Serna, L. 2019. Curious: life hacks through maths. Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9781760781156


  1. ^ a b "Lily Serna". Saxton. 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
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  3. ^ a b Sacha Molitorisz (2 August 2010). "Boot camp for the brain". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
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  5. ^ "Meet the Hosts: Lily Serna". Letters and Numbers website. Special Broadcasting Service. 2010. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Gender's in the Balance". Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. 3 October 2017.
  7. ^ "LILY SERNA Mathematician & Data Analyst: Atlassian". AMSI Careers. Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  8. ^ Roberst, Elise (28 April 2019). "Data star Lily Serna". Careers with STEM. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  9. ^ "MasterChef winner Adam Liaw snares own TV show on SBS". The Daily Telegraph. 14 March 2012. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Should I Risk It?". Catalyst. ABC. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  11. ^ Serna, Lily (6 January 2019). "We're getting married!!!". Instagram. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  12. ^ Serna, Lily (31 December 2019). "One final addition before the year is out". Instagram. Retrieved 16 May 2020.