Samantha Greenwald
Editor

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
Researcher

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
Researcher

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
Researcher

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
Researcher

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
Editor

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
Editor

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.

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
Researcher

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.

Klaudia Szabelka
Researcher

Klaudia is an International Baccalaureate graduate currently pursuing last year of an undergraduate degree MA(SociSci) in Economics and Politics with Joint Honors at the University of Glasgow. One of the reasons why she decided to join the team was that since the very beginning of her studies she encountered mostly male oriented theories, books and ideas. She was really surprised that this domain is extensively dominated only by one sex. Henceforth, she is now very passionate about researching gender gaps and all the possibilities for equal opportunities in economics.

Yannik Lamers
Social Media Promoter

Yannik is currently completing his master’s degree in Socioeconomics at the University Duisburg-Essen. He is especially interested in the fields of inequality in several dimensions; wealth and income distribution and welfare states. Besides from studying, he is following his passion of communications. He has worked in several positions in the field of corporate communications. At WiE he is responsible for all social media related activities.

Lucie Wahl
Design & Promotion

Lucie Wahl is a young film director. Besides studying political sciences in Vienna (University of Vienna), she participates in various art projects. Lucie helps WiE with their design and promotion activities.

Marina Fuhrmann
Social Media Promoter

Marina is a master student in Socio-economics at University of Duisburg-Essen. Her interests are in development economics and international value chains. Currently, she is working at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) in a project fostering sustainability in the Asian textile and garment industry. Marina is based in Cologne, and a part of the WiE social media team. In her free time, she likes to cook, read, do several sports and spend time outside with her friends.

Elena Koukoura
Website Coordinator & Social Media Promoter

Elena joined WiE as a Social Media Manager to help with the promotion of the goals, work and events of the organisation. She recently graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpretation of the Ionian University in Corfu. She is currently working as a Social Media Manager at a store and at an online Youth Cultural Community and she is attending online seminars on Digital Marketing. She has done an internship at the French Embassy of Greece and speaks 4 foreign languages.

Alex Beatty
Researcher

Alex is an undergraduate studying Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently on exchange at Roskilde Universitet Denmark. Her research interests include sustainability, gender, and the future of work, and she is in the process of organizing an early-careers conference for women in economics in London. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running, and learning other languages.

Insa Weilage
Researcher

Insa works as a researcher at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, where she is currently doing her PhD in economics. Her research focuses on adult education with links to other labour market topics. Curious about persisting gender patterns in the labour market, she contributes to WiE’s research team.

Anina Harter
Strategic Partnership Management

Anina joined the WiE strategic partnerships team as a Ph.D. student in economics at LMU Munich. She works as an empirical researcher at the Ifo Institute and focuses on sovereign debt and political economy topics. Anina holds a master’s degree from UCL and has lived in London, Montréal, and Heidelberg. In her free time, she loves to explore nature, cook, read, travel & discuss politics.

Aayushi Chandra
Partnership Management & Fundraising

Aayushi is currently studying Economics and International Studies at Ohio State University. Her most recent research experience was through the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she understood the mechanisms of U.S. sanctions and evaluated their effectiveness in curbing global proliferation. She is interested in creating equal representation in the realm of economic foreign policy and emphasizing women’s economic contributions throughout history. In her free time, she enjoys reading, Facetiming friends, and hiking.

Allison Libbe
Researcher

Allison is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying Economics and German. Her academic interests include international trade, labor economics, and political economy. Additionally, she is a current writer for the Michigan Journal of Economics. At WiE Allison is part of the research team and is passionate about closing the gender gap in economics. In her free time, Allison enjoys reading, upcycling, and hunting down a good cup of coffee. 

Jana Schütz
Researcher

Jana is currently an Economics Ph.D. student at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, interested in pension economics and gender economics. At WiE she is part of the research team. In her free time, Jana likes to go to concerts, watch movies, or do sports such as running.

Yuki Takahashi
Researcher

Yuki is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bologna, working on topics in behavioral and labor economics with a particular interest in how bias and discrimination affect people’s labor market outcomes. At WiE, Yuki is a part of the research team and eager to know more about gender and other diversity issues.

Vickie Menjivar
Outreach

After completing her B.Sc in Economics, Vickie worked in the Belize public sector as a Social Policy Officer for a year and is now an economic analyst at a private consultancy firm. She seeks equality through a balanced capitalistic and socialistic economic approach. Thus, her research interests include development economics, labor economics, and macroeconomics. Outside economics, she dedicates time to Lions Clubs International as a community volunteer and to WiE as an outreach volunteer.

Gill Geng
Outreach

Gill currently works as a competition economist. She studied (BSc) Economics & Econometrics at the University of Bristol and obtained a MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. Her main interests in Economics are applied microeconomics and econometrics. Her Master’s thesis focused on investigating households’ willingness-to-pay for goods and the variation by demographics. In her free time, Gill enjoys cooking and doing Pilates.

Allison Fong
Website Management

Allison is a student at Washington University in St. Louis studying Communication Design, Political Science, and Human-Computer Interaction. She is originally from the Bay Area in California, and is passionate about accessibility and equity for all. She believes that design can be one of the means to achieve that goal, and hopes to apply her passions to helping WiE improve its online platforms as a part of the website team.

Jasmine Chen
Mentoring Project

Jasmine (Xiaoting) Chen is currently a master's student at Bonn University Graduate School of Economics. She has broad interests in economics, including: financial economics, behavioral economics, filed experimental design, development economics, and economics history. She is also co-founder of an international educational non-profit called “Education Without Barriers”. In the next step of her life, she would like to become a Ph.D. candidate and do economics research, not only publishing journal papers but also bringing real changes to the world! In WiE, she works in the mentoring project, hoping to connect people all around the world to empower the development, both in academia and industry, of women economists.

Friederike Güttner
Website Management

Friederike supports and promotes WiE and it’s as a member of the Website Team. She studied Economics (B.Sc.) at Goethe-University in Frankfurt and worked as a student assistant during her Master in International Area Studies at Halle (Saale), at the Leibniz Institute of Economic Research. In her current position, Friederike is responsible for the public relations of a non-profit association. She enjoys her free time with friends and family, practicing the piano or playing exit games.

Caroline Foshee
Content

Caroline is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing degrees in Economics and Mathematics. After graduation in 2022, she plans to pursue a PhD with an emphasis in labor economics and social welfare. At WiE, Caroline bridges across the events and writing teams by producing write-ups of WiE’s monthly events. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her French bulldog, traveling, and exercising.

Jodie Sheridan
Outreach

Jordan is a British Luxembourgish national with a Master degree in political sciences from University College London. After 5 years of professional experience in public policy and public finance at the European Investment Bank and PwC Luxembourg, Jordan took the entrepreneurial leap and is working as a freelance consultant in the field of sustainability and scale-up advisory. She is passionate about promoting sustainable development and the possibilities degrowth economics has to offer. In her free time you can find her out on (or under!) the ocean, with the plants in the garden, or curled up with a good book.