Alexandra “Alessa” Haller is a University Innovation Fellow and a Member of the 2017 Cohort at Susquehanna University (SU) in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Combining her passion for innovation and problem-solving with adaptability and connection-building skills, Alessa hopes to increase sustainable economic development in low and middle-income countries, ultimately fostering diplomatic relationships between governments, NGOs and civil society groups.
Alessa is a dual-degree Master of Science Public Policy and Human Development (Foreign Policy and Development) candidate at the United Nations University-MERIT and Maastricht University School of Governance in the Netherlands. Her studies focus on analyzing critical issues and designing policy recommendations for developing countries using evidence-based policymaking tools geared towards sustainable economic development.
She greatly enjoys working within a three-member team producing weekly newsletters on international development issues for the Office of Development Finance at the Department of State. Her first development experience was as a University Innovation Fellow with Stanford University analyzing landscapes, identifying critical issues, designing solutions, and implementing sustainable programs on campus.
Alessa is extremely interested in a career in international development. She speaks fluent German, conversational Spanish, and Dutch at a beginner level. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Diplomacy) and German, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Global Economy and Financial Markets) from Susquehanna University.
For any inquiries, Alessa can be reached at email@example.com.