Stella is passionate about digital innovations and entrepreneurial ecosystem building and has experience in advising start-ups and ecosystem-builders for sustainable development within the context of development cooperation (amongst others in the context of a sustainable urban development programme implemented by the German International Development Agency (GIZ) in Ecuador, Latin America). Actually she is working as an innovation advisor for GIZ and before that held a position as policy advisor for BMZ with the topic of scaling the most innovative technical solutions for development; She has worked in an impact oriented start-up herself and has extended experience in social business modelling. She has more than 8 years of professional experience in both the private sector (start-up) and development cooperation (GIZ & KfW in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Germany). She holds a B.A. in Philosophy & Economics from University of Bayreuth and an M.Sc. in Development Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science.