Lena Heller joined Deval as an evaluator in October 2022. She studied the master’s programme International Migration and Intercultural Relations at the University of Osnabrück with a semester abroad at the University of Malmö, Sweden. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. During her studies, she gained experience in research on migration and forced displacement, among others at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) and at the Center for Flight and Migration in Eichstätt. She gained practical experience in the field of development cooperation at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). Prior to her master’s programme she worked as a counsellor for asylum seekers at the German Caritas Association.