Daniella is Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of Gibraltar. She is internationally recognised for her expertise in leadership, learning and institutional change for sustainable development. She is the recipient of several research awards including the Macquarie Innovation Award for Research (Australia 2007) and Marie Curie International Research Fellowship (European Commission 2009). The institutional change efforts she led at the University of Gloucestershire were recognized with a Green Gown Award in 2007, 2011. She was the founder Director of the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustianability (ARIES).
Daniella has assessed strategic higher education initiatives for government agencies in Australia, New Zealand, China, Morocco and Europe. Together with Dr Alex Ryan, she led a large HEFCE QAA funded ‘Leadership, Governance and Management’ project on embedding sustainability into quality assurance processes in higher education (2010-12) and a Higher Education Academy study into flexible learning and new pedagogical ideas (2013).
She was awarded a PhD (University of Cambridge, St Catherine’s College) in the early 1990s. She acted as lead evaluator for projects funded by the European Union, United Nations, World Conservation Union (IUCN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), British Council, and several government agencies organizations. She chaired the UNESCO Global Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Group on Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). She leads the University Educators for Sustainable Development Project (UE4SD), a project that brings together 53 Universities across Europe, to embed sustainability into teaching and learning.