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 researcher at WiE, Julia’s tasks include data acquisition, compilation and analysis to continuously update and improve the Women in Economics Index. The index monitors the representation of female economists in leadership positions differentiating between academia, the private and public sector.

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 (including gender finance). She received her MSc in International Economics and Economic Policy from the Goethe University, Frankfurt and her BSc in Economics and Spanish Philology from the University of Potsdam. During her studies she specialized in development economics and applied microeconomics, analyzing amongst other things the effects of financial inclusion.

Pia Molitor

As part of the Research Team, Pia is helping with the WiE Index focusing on the Academic Sector.

Pia received her bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Bonn and worked at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) as a student assistant. In her bachelor thesis she analyzed different aspects of part-time work where her interest in various gender related topics deepened.

Nicolas Meys

Nicolas is a graduated student in Economics (M.Sc.) at the University of Cologne. He received his B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Bonn. As an intern at Deutsche Bundesbank, he worked on a report revolving around the topic Green Finance and Central Bank Involvement. Previously, Nicolas worked as a student assistant at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, where he assisted in the following research projects: IRSDACE, Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue in the Age of Collaborative Economy, Online Talent Platforms, Labour Market Intermediaries and the Changing World of Work, and The Impact of Indoor Climate on Human Cognition: Evidence from Chess Tournaments. Fields of interest include: the emerging opportunities and challenges of digitisation, particularly in the context of labour economics; the dynamics of incorporating climate risks into stability analysis.

Marta Martin Grund

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.

Marta is currently studying Economics and Politics at the University of Glasgow. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland however she originally comes from Malaga, Spain.

Catalina Posada

Catalina did a double degree program in Economics beween the University of EL Rosario in Bogota and Toulouse School of Economics. She is enrolled in the master's program of Tououse School of Economics and she is currently doing an exchange program at the University of Oslo for her first year of master's degree. She is also a member of the TSEconomist student magazine association.

Chiara Toietta
Event Manager

Chiara recently joined WiE as a member of the Editorial Team to help with the organization of events and podcasts.  

Chiara studied International Economics and Finance at Bocconi University and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. She’s currently working as a junior consultant at SIRIS Academic in Barcelona, where she’s helping to design and implement strategies and policy solutions in the field of higher education and research.

Ella Needler
Editor and Design Contributor

Ella is an undergraduate student in her final year studying economics and finance. Her academic interests include macroeconomics, behavioral economics, philosophy of economics, and the history of economic thought. Outside the world of economics, Ella is passionate about sustainable fashion, enjoys attending concerts, and drinking craft beer.

Merve Demirel

Merve is a research assistant at the Stockholm School of Economics and will soon be an Economics PhD student at Stockholm University. Her main research interests are in development and labour economics, where a focus on gender becomes inevitable. Before he masters, she worked with a number of organisations focusing on providing migrant women with a sustainable source of income, and fostering cooperation between private sector and civil society in Turkey.

Charlotte Raab

Charlotte received her undergrad degree in economics from the University of Mannheim and currently completes 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 not dedicating time towards her passion for economics and gender equality, Charlotte likes being active outdoors, cooking dinner with friends, dancing, and spending time with a good book on hand.

Julia Park

Prior to receiving her Masters in International Affairs- International Economics, Julia aided in the establishment of the first repatriation site in Myanmar. Since then, she has worked with Innovations for Poverty Action in Yangon, running the pilot stages of a randomized control trial, and also with the Secretary of Health of Sindh, Pakistan, developing a strategy to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Julia currently works as an analyst for the Chairman of UC Berkeley Haas School of Urban Economics, providing advice and forecasts on economic and demographic trends across various markets throughout the United States.

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 development 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 is a human rights activist and gender justice advocate. She completed her master’s degree in human rights law at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2019 where she focused on women’s rights, refugee law, and international criminal law. While completing her masters she filmed a documentary in the South African township of Langa highlighting the importance of alternative narratives. She has NGO sector experience and is passionate about human rights, transitional justice, and gender justice. Her experiences have provided her with a unique set of skills that show her multi-disciplinary approach to innovative solution finding.

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, Hannah loves going outdoors and enjoys running.

Hilal Akıncı
Event Coordinator

She is a PhD candidate in Economics at Namık Kemal University, Tekirdağ-Turkey with an MS in Economics and Finance, an MA in International Trade and Logistics Management, and a BS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. She participates in both academia and business. She enjoys learning and sharing her knowledge with others. Her life motto is “Sapere aude!”. She is uncomfortable with any kind of inequality. Gender inequality is one of her biggest concerns since many women still suffer due to patriarchal motifs. She dreams of a world that has equal opportunities for every gender and race.

Jelena Todorović
Event Coordinator

Jelena is a Master's student of Economics at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. In addition, she is also a graduate Research Assistant at ifo Institute for Economic Research. Her Interests are in Public Economics, Optimal Taxation and Inequality. She is a certified Peer Mediator.

Janaki Shibu
Event Coordinator

Janaki is currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Bonn. Her research interests lie in the field of labor and gender economics. In her undergraduate thesis, she examined the pattern of occupational segregation in the formal and informal labour market, and its relationship with wage inequality, within a feminist political economy framework. She believes that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of marginalised communities and the persistent inequalities of social welfare systems across the world, more starkly than ever before. After the completion of my Master’s, she hopes to work with some of these disadvantaged communities to learn from their experiences and utilize these learnings for more effective policy recommendations.

Viktoria Beck
Event Coordinator

Viktoria has a Master in Management from ESCP BS. She completed her Bachelor's from Goethe University in Economics & Business Administration and Économie et Ingénierie financière from Université Paris-Dauphine. She has worked in (Fin-)Tech & Venture at N26, Rocket Internet, and Cavalry Ventures. Her core area of interest is Behavioural Economics.