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.

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.

Jelena Todorović
Event Coordinator

Jelena is a PhD student of Economist at the LMU in Munich. Her research interests span optimal taxation, optimal parental leave policies, complexities of a tax system, and inequalities. She is a Head of Events at WiE and has organized more than 20 online events with her team since 2020. As of 2022, she is a host of the Women in Economics Initiative podcast. She loves to travel, read, cook, run and study foreign languages in her spare time.

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
Research Team Coordinator

Sandra is a Ph.D. 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 to do just that as coordinator of the research 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

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.

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.

Marina Fuhrmann
Social Media Coordinator

After completing her master in Socio-economics at University of Duisburg-Essen, Marina works in Corporate Responsibility at ALDI Nord where she is engaged in making non-food supply chains more sustainable. Her interests are in development economics, international value chains and sustainability. Marina is based in Cologne, Germany. In her free time, she likes to cook, read, do several sports and spend time outside with her friends.

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.

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.

Friederike Remiorz
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.

Jodie Sheridan
Content

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.

Mera Cronbaugh
Outreach

Mera currently works at J-PAL North America as a Policy & Research Intern where she supports the translation of randomized evaluation research into policy insights. She recently graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in economics and Russian with a minor in consumer and family financial services. She is passionate about WiE’s work to foster dialogue about power imbalances across the field of economics and supports the Outreach team. 

Arnim Seidlitz
Researcher

Arnim is a PhD student at Humboldt University Berlin. His research interests include the economics of education, inequality in wages and maternal employment. He has also worked as researcher at the IFO Institute in Munich. Within the WIE-research team, he works on the WIE-index for the private sector pillar.

Lena Michaelis
Events Team

Lena is currently completing her Master’s degree in Economics at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Her economic interests include health and behavioral economics, as well as labor markets. During her Bachelor studies in Bonn, she has been an active member of the economics students’ association, organizing events and advocating the students’ interests in various bodies. At WiE, she is responsible for university collaborations as part of the events team.

Kate Milne
Partnership Manager

Kate is currently studying towards her MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh whilst working at The Fraser of Allander Institute, Glasgow. Her main research interests cover development, health, and gender economics, while her undergraduate thesis explored the relationship between women’s empowerment and economic development through reproductive rights. During the week, she enjoys reading, cooking, and thinking up new recipes for her vegetarian food blog. On the weekends, she loves to see friends, volunteer, and go for long walks with her dogs.

Eva Rath
Events Organization

Eva just started her master’s degree in economics at the University of Cologne. Her studies focus on the fields of development economics, inequality, and education. Through work experience, Eva has found that she wants to build a career in public policy or development cooperation. She joined WIE because she noticed a lack of women in every step of her education and work experience. Now she wants to plan events that showcase women in economics.

Malaika Rana
Content Creator

Malaika is a Master in Economics student at MIT- World Peace University (Pune) hailing from the diversified lands of India. With a passion for economics and studying it for 8 years now, she aspires to undertake research work on the role of technology and finance in gender economics, international markets, and economic development. A love for dance, dogs, and books keep her busy on weekends along with cooking and social volunteering.

Maria Hofbauer Pérez
Head of Finance

Maria is a Ph.D. Candidate in economics at LMU Munich. Her research in empirical economics focuses on topics in inequality, health, and gender economics. In her free time, she loves hiking, cross-country skiing, yoga, cooking, choir singing, and attending cultural events such as concerts and the theatre. 

Edith Wong
Website Manager

Edith is a high school student studying in Canada but originally from Hong Kong. She is intending to pursue economics in her post-secondary studies. Having worked for rural schools in China, her interests in economics include development economics, labor economics, and economic growth. She is also an active advocate for gender and racial equality. In her free time, she likes to read, go on runs and connect with her friends.

June Mariette Monteiro
Events organization

I am currently a master's student in Economics at Azim Premji University. My interests primarily lie in the economics of education and micro-economics and gender economics. I also enjoy coordinating events, so joining the Events team at WiE gives me an opportunity to pursue two things I have always wanted to: co-ordinate events to promote gender equality. I enjoy reading books, dancing, or cooking in my free time.

Vaibhavi Mayya
Website Management

I am currently studying BSc Economics in the U.K. I am volunteering as a finance assistant at Oxfam and have taken part in the finance accelerator investment banking and asset management simulation by AmplifyME. I am also actively involved in developing my coding skills and using software to conduct statistical analysis of data. By joining the team, I will get to know more about the work WiE does in revolutionizing the approach towards bringing about gender equality in Economics.

Francesca Rinaldi
Event Organization

Francesca is a M2 candidate in Analysis and Policy in Economics at the Paris School of Economics, having previously earned a master’s in Economics and Philosophy from LSE and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She works as a research assistant at LEAP - Bocconi University on projects in Italian middle schools. Her research interests cover theories of well-being, gender and education economics.

Altair Breckwoldt Jurado
Fundraising & Grants

Altair is currently working as an Analyst in the Banking Sector. After a two-year traineeship in the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office, Altair decided to do a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics at the University of Valencia about innovating and patenting activities of European Firms specifically in digitization technologies belonging to the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Milena Dehn
Events Organisation

Milena is a Ph.D. student in Economics at Colorado State University. She holds a Master in Economics from SOAS, University of London, and a Master in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from LSE. Her interests lie in feminist economics and philosophy of economics. In her free time, she likes rock climbing and learning new languages.

Clara Wobbe
Financial Management

Clara is currently in her last semester of studying the Master of Economic Policy at the University of Siegen. Her economic interests include European economics and economic development, and she will complete her master thesis topic on a sustainable EU debt landscape. At WiE, she will assist in the administrative work of the finance team, while in her free time she likes reading, hiking, and singing in a choir.

Sheida Teimouri
Diversity Advocate

Sheida is currently an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her field of research is International Macro and Labour Economics. She is especially interested in the impact of trade and financial integration on the labor market and the policies to mitigate the adverse effects. She is passionate about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in the field of Economics. She joined the WiE team as a diversity advocate to put her passion for Diversity & Inclusion promotion into action.

Kaneta Zillur
Researcher

Kaneta recently completed her master’s degree in Economics at LMU Munich. Prior to moving to Germany, she worked in Bangladesh on issues of governance, urban poverty, and social networks. During her graduate studies, she became more interested in gender inequality and wrote her thesis on the impact of Covid-19 through a gender lens. Currently, she is working remotely for PPRC, on issues of urban development and Covid recovery. Kaneta is also a street photographer and is trying to promote more women photographers into the genre.

Jasmine Chen
Outreach & Mentoring Program

Jasmine is doing a master's thesis at Bonn University Graduate School of Economics. Soon, she will start her Ph.D. life at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Her passion for Financial Economics combined with both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. In WiE, she is mainly focusing on Mentoring Programme to empower more female economists for better development in their future careers. Meanwhile, she is co-founder of Education Without Barriers, where she improves education inequality to develop underprivileged children worldwide.

Jenny Peters
Country Ambassador

Jenny is a PhD candidate and tutor in Economics at the University of Edinburgh, funded by the Carnegie Trust. Her research interest is macro labour, specifically focusing on the cyclical dynamics of gender inequality. Jenny previously obtained her MSc in Economics from the University of St Andrews, funded by the ECB’s Women in Economics Scholarship. At WiE she is the Country Ambassador for Scotland, and her goal is to create an empowering and inclusive community of female and non-binary economists.

Veerangna Kohli

Veerangna is a Research Assistant in Public Policy at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. She has a Master's degree in Development Economics from the University of Göttingen in Germany and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women in India. She has extensive expertise through her work with many organisations in India and Germany, including the Planning Commission of India, RWI, Essen, and the University of Göttingen. Her research interests include Development Economics, Economics of Education, Empirical Economics, Gender Economics, and Behavioural Economics. She is highly committed to feminism and also hopes to improve access to and quality of education in low and middle-income countries. Outside of work, she enjoys table tennis, drawing mandalas, playing the piano, cooking, and volunteering (3 years of experience).

Sophie Murray

Sophie is a recent graduate of Stockton University in New Jersey where she studied economics and mathematics. Her academic interests include developmental, behavioral, and welfare economics, with a passion for equity and inclusionary advocacy at the forefront of her work. Her research studies focused largely on race, gender, and class analyses in the U.S.

Wiebke Stein

Wiebke currently works as an evaluator and researcher at the German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deval) in Bonn. She studied Economics (BSc) in Hannover and Bristol and International Development Studies (MSc) at the University of Amsterdam. She also obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Hannover. Her research focuses on topics related to economic development in Southeast Asia. Wiebke is also a consultant for the World Bank where she works on topics related to adaptive social protection in the Pacific. In her free time Wiebke enjoys cooking and playing music.

Sofía Harguindeguy
Country Ambassador

She works at the Inter-American Development Bank with programs and projects of Urban development and Neighborhood Improvement, Trade and Investment, and with the IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory. Previously, she worked in the private and public sectors; she gained 3y of experience in private economic consulting and then worked as an economic advisor for the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Uruguay. Sofia has also worked as a Consultant for the United Nations on environmental and climate change policy impact assessments. Sofia holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. And has teaching experience in Microeconomics, at Universidad de Montevideo and UdelaR. Her research interests include development economics and climate change. She joined WiE to spread its voice and encourage young women economists in America Latina.

Meike Schneiders

After finishing the MSc programme “Philosophy & Public Policy” at the LSE, Meike just joined the German publisher “Nomos” as an Editor for humanities. Passionate about Gender Equality, during her studies, she co-hosted a feminist reading group, wrote a feminist column for her university paper, and did a lot of voluntary social media work. Carrying this passion into her working life she now joins the WiE Social Media Team. 

Antonia Kurz
HR Coordinator

Antonia is the HR Coordinator at WiE, supporting the other teams through the advertisement, recruitment, and onboarding of new volunteers. She is maintaining oversight of, and contact with, our growing pool of now more than 50 team members.

Outside of WiE, Antonia is a PhD candidate in the department for Spatial Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research is at the intersection of Environmental Economics and Trade, in particular the impacts of environmental regulation on firm performance and international competitiveness of sectors. She spends her free time mostly on one of her bikes, counting laps in the pool, learning how to play tennis, or creating new dishes in the kitchen.