Katena was born and raised on Larrakia Country. Her mob are originally from Nyikina Country (Kimberley region) and Wakaya Country (Barkley region). Katena has spent the past eight years going walkabout. She lived in Sydney, travelled the world and landed in New York City where she briefly worked, and has now returned to Larrakia Country.
Katena has a double degree in Commerce and Arts, majoring in International Business, Arts Management and minoring in Dance Performance and Human Resource Management. She has spent most of her time working in events with additional experience in production, project management and has a growing passion for HR, people and culture. Katena strives to see First Nations people and cultures at the centre of education, art, creative spaces and governance.