Stella Schaller
Master in Development Studies
Project Manager

Stella Schaller is a Project Manager at adelphi in the field of climate diplomacy. She works at the interface between global sustainable development, climate change and peace. Her focus is on developing innovative public diplomacy instruments such as new information and dialogue formats for foreign policy actors and diverse international audiences. Beyond that, she contributes to research and advisory projects on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and voluntary carbon offsetting.

Stella is experienced in cooperating with international and national clients such as the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Environmental Agency (UBA). Furthermore, she has undertaken research on development, international cooperation and climate policy. She has been managing the editorial team and partner network of the interactive Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) knowledge platform since 2016. Currently, she is researching the implications of rising reactionary actors for ambitious European climate action. 

Prior to joining adelphi, Stella gathered practical experience in international organisations and development cooperation. For her graduate dissertation, she developed a multi-dimensional analytical framework and investigated the sustainability of a bio-energy project in the Himalayas. She was responsible for organising inter-parliamentary exchange events as part of her position at the Secretariat of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva. In addition, she was commissioned by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to research to which extend crowdfunding might be useful for financing sustainable development. Stella has regional competencies covering India and Haiti as a result of her work on diverse research projects and stays abroad. Alongside solid methodological skills in quantitative and qualitative data collection and assessment, she is experienced in event management as well as  developing and designing information and communications products.

Stella completed a Master degree in Development and Sustainability at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. During her studies, she engaged extensively with the topics of energy, environmental policy and ecology, and sustainable development in developing countries. She previously completed a Bachelor degree in media and communications with a minor in political science at the Universität Hamburg (Germany). She received a scholarship from the Graduate Institute.  

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