Sonila Hasaj is an MIP fellow, currently pursuing a Master of Economic Development (STEM Designation) at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
She holds a Master of Science Degree in Finance, from University ‘Luigj Gurakuqi’ Shkoder, and in the past 3 years is working as a finance manager and data analyst-field based researcher at GO2 Sustainable Urban Planning Organization (grassroots NGO). During her engagement with GO2 she held key roles in managing several local and national projects related to sustainable tourism and sustainable urban planning issues (public services, urban mobility, public spaces) helping her to understand the territory in the economic, social and environmental approach.
She is a winner of the 2nd prize of the VIth international competition held annually by Leibniz Information Center for Economics (Kiel, Germany) demonstrating a real proficiency in research skills. Sonila was awarded the 3rd prize of the annual workshop “Challenges of Regional Development 6”, organized by University of Shkodra, Albania, while in 2015 she was attributed merits of excellence from the same university for the highest results in Bachelor studies at the Faculty of Economics.