Michaela was born in 1990 in Bonn-Duisdorf, Germany. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Maastricht University in 2012. After gaining some work experience in the financial sector, she continued her studies at the University of Mannheim where she obtained her Master’s degree in 2015. Before joining the Ph.D. program at the CDSE, Michaela was a trainee in the Macro-Financial Policies Division at the ECB. Her research interests include monetary policy, growth and development.