Stefanie Rinaldi is from St. Gallen, Switzerland. She completed a Master of Arts in International Relations in Geneva and studied Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. In between her studies she worked as a policy advisor at the Swiss Federal Office for Migration. Furthermore she voluntarily worked for several NGOs, Amnesty International among others. As a Mercator Fellow, she focused on the encouragement of the active involvement through establishment of human rights in Palestinian refugee camps.