As a member of the International Development leadership team, Alessia contributes to strategy development and execution and is responsible for the design, management, implementation and monitoring of diverse development projects, spanning from advisory services, to bespoke short courses, to long term training programs.

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 (FAO), Alessia held senior managerial roles in various emergency response, recovery and resilience-building programs in Timor-Leste (2008-2012), the Philippines (2014-2015) – leading the Haiyan program -  and in Bangladesh and Turkey (2018) – supporting the humanitarian responses to the respective countries’ refugee crises. Between 2015 and 2018, as a member of the Asia Pacific Leadership Team of a leading implementer (Managing Contractor) of development programs, Alessia directed a number of DFAT funded projects in the Pacific region, contributed to various major business development pursuits and led significant corporate change initiatives.

Alessia is the Chairperson 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, and co-leads the Queensland Chapter of Australian Women in Emergencies (AWE) Network, dedicated to the promotion and support to women in disaster resilience and emergency management.


  • Master of Science, Poverty Reduction and Development Management (University of Birmingham)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Media Studies and English Literature (University of Queensland)