Alessia is responsible for the management, design, implementation and monitoring of projects in Southwest Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. As a member of the International Development (ID) leadership team, Alessia contributes to business development and strategy development and execution.

Alessia is passionate about delivering exceptional results and sustainable impact.  She holds extensive development and humanitarian experience acquired in diverse and complex international settings. Prior to joining UQ, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO), Alessia held senior managerial roles in various emergency response, recovery and resilience building programs in Timor-Leste (2008-2012), the Philippines (2014-2015) and more recently in Bangladesh and Turkey (August 2018-December 2018), supporting the humanitarian responses to two of the biggest refugee crises in recent history. Between May 2015 and February 2018, as a member of the Asia Pacific leadership team of a leading Managing Contractor, Alessia directed a number of DFAT funded projects in the Pacific region, contributed to various major business development pursuits and led substantial corporate change initiatives.

Alessia co-leads the Queensland Chapter of Australian Women in Emergencies (AWE) Network and is a board member of Creative Recovery Network (CRN), a not-for-profit organisation that secures and promotes the role of the arts in building resilience and preparing for and recovering from disasters.


Master of Science, Poverty Reduction and Development Management (University of Birmingham)

Bachelor of Arts, Media Studies and English Literature (University of Queensland)