Samantha Greenwald

As an editor at WiE, Samantha is responsible for editing, proofreading and drafting opinion pieces, interviews, and reports. In addition to this, Samantha is an active member of the WiE research team with a focus on survey development and the use of online and social media analytics. Samantha studied Finance and Spanish at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Currently, she resides in New York City and works at CNN as a Financial Analyst.

Aylin Shawkat
Strategic Partnerships

As a strategic partnership manager at WiE, Aylin focuses on identifying and creating relevant collaboration opportunities with universities, companies and think tanks. Aylin studied Business Administration and Economics at the University of Frankfurt and holds a Masters degree in Applied Economic Analysis from Stockholm School of Economics, with a particular focus on gender policy. Currently, Aylin lives in Berlin and works as a business developer at the Swedish trade and invest council.

Julia Schmitjans

As a researcher at WiE, Julia’s tasks include data acquisition, compilation and analysis to continuously update and improve the Women in Economics Index.
Julia is a green finance expert and economist at IPC GmbH where she is advising financial institutions operating in emerging and developing economies on green lending approaches, impact reporting as well as topics related to development finance.

Pia Molitor

Pia works on the WiE Index focusing on the Academic sector. Pia received her bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Bonn. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and her academic interests include empirical economics, labour economics, inequality as well as gender-related topics. In her free time, she likes to compensate for sitting at the desk with hiking, yoga and fascia training or a pub visit and live music events.

Marta Martin Grund

Marta is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics at the University of Glasgow. Her academic interests include Developmental Economics, International Political Economy and Economic Thought. As part of the research team, Marta's main role is to conduct the research for the private sector pillar for the 2020 WiE Index. In her free time, she can be found with friends or enjoying nature's beauty. As she started her degree in 2018, she faced the reality of a non-diverse profession. A specific quote struck her: 'Economics is too old, too white, too male'. As an aspiring female Economist, Marta understands the struggles women and other minorities continue to face and she is committed to contributing in the much necessary progress.

Catalina Posada

Catalina is currently enrolled in the Environmental and Natural Resource Economics master's program at Toulouse School of Economics and she recently completed her first year of master’s program abroad at the University of Oslo. She did a double degree undergraduate program in Economics between the University of El Rosario in Bogotá and TSE in Toulouse. Her main fields of interest are environmental and development economics, she also enjoys cultural history and animal welfare studies. At WiE, Catalina is part of the research team in the academic pillar and she is engaged in working towards gender equality.

Chiara Toietta
Event Manager

Chiara studied International Economics and Finance at Bocconi University and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Her academic interests include microeconomics, behavioural economics and experimental economics. At WiE, together with the other members of the events team, she's responsible to coordinate and organize the events. In her free time, she loves running and doing all sorts of outdoor activities.

Ella Needler
Editor and Design Contributor

Ella is an undergraduate student in her final year at Washington University in St. Louis studying economics and finance. Her academic interests include macroeconomics, behavioral economics, philosophy of economics and the history of economic thought. At WiE, Ella works on content for the editing team and helps coordinate design materials for other various teams. Outside the world of economics, Ella is passionate about sustainable fashion, enjoys attending concerts, and practicing yoga.

Merve Demirel

Merve is currently an Economics PhD student at Stockholm University, interested in development, gender and labour economics. At WiE, she writes blog posts and contributes to the strategic development of the initiative. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and spends as much time possible close to the ocean.

Charlotte Raab

Charlotte is currently completing her master's degree in International Economics at the University of Göttingen. She has a deep interest in international cooperation, economic policy, and gender issues. Her academic training focused on macroeconomics and economic policy in various areas (gender, environment, social security and the European Union). When she is not dedicating time towards her passion for economics and gender equality she likes being active outdoors, cooking dinner with friends, dancing and spending time with a good book on hand.

Vishakha Pipal
Content Editor and Creative Lead

Vishakha is a public policy graduate with a passion for comparative politics, emerging markets, and everything gender. Her academic adventures focussed on evidence-based policymaking, data analysis, and drug policy. When not working towards inclusivity and gender equality, she likes to spend her time crafting, discovering museums, and reading crime fiction.

Tasneem Kalla
Strategy and Management

Tasneem has a Masters degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her academic and professional interests include the intersection of human rights and economic empowerment for women, transitional justice and women’s human rights. When she’s not advocating for women’s rights or doing transitional justice work on the African continent, Tasneem can be found curled up with a book, hiking or playing Pokemon. She is part of the WiE Strategy and Management team and works with the Editorial team in identifying new topics for discussion and brainstorming ways to achieve gender equality.

Hannah Busshoff
Data Scientist

Hannah studied Data Science at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Cologne, where she has specialized in econometrics and labour economics. In her consecutive PhD studies, she will focus her research on causal machine learning and labour economics. In her leisure time, she loves going outdoors and running.
Jelena Todorović
Event Coordinator

Jelena is a master student of Economics at LMU and graduates research assistant at ifo Institute for Economic research. Her research interests cover public economics, optimal taxation, income inequality and equality of opportunity. She will be a guest researcher at LISER from September until December 2020. She is an event coordinator at the events team, and at the moment she is organizing events with LMU in Munich and LISER in Luxembourg. She is a passionate traveller and volunteer (more than 800h so far), enjoys reading, baking, skiing, and doing calligraphy lettering. 

Janaki Shibu
Event Coordinator

Janaki is pursuing a Master’s in Economics at the University of Bonn. Her research interests lie at the intersection of labour and feminist economics. In her undergraduate thesis, she examined the pattern of occupational segregation in the formal and informal labour market in India, and its relationship with wage inequality within a feminist political economy framework. She is an event coordinator and is currently organizing events with Uni Bonn and the University of Warwick. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing several musical instruments and cooking.

Sandra Kretschmer
Event Coordinator

Sandra is a PhD student in Economics at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg where she is analyzing ways to achieve a sustainable and ecologically sound energy market design. Sandra is passionate about sustainability, gender equality and awakening others to these issues. At WiE, she helps doing just that as part of the events team. In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends, run or hike through nature, do yoga, read fantasy books and grow plants.

Rakshita Ravindra Hebbar
Web Designer

Rakshita graduated in Engineering Management and has a bachelors degree in Information Science and Engineering. She carried out her research activities in Quality Management at a manufacturing firm and worked as a web analyst. Her interests lie in programming, statistical data analysis and women empowerment. She loves to travel, read novels and pen down her thoughts as poems.

Carolin Formella

Carolin is a Graduate Economics Student at the LMU Munich and recently completed an exchange semester at the Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Besides studying, she works as a Research Assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition. Her fields of interest include trade, migration and inequality.