Meet the Team

We are a group of doctoral students from Swiss universities around the Lac Léman region passionate about economics and creating balance and inclusivity within economic research. 

Our Story

What makes us such a strong team is that we have a lot of love, respect, and acceptance for each other. We also have very different personalities that complement and allow us to occasionally stop each other from flying off the ground with ideas or giving up on something prematurely. The process of coming up with this initiative as it stands now was really organic and driven by our curiosity in the topic and wish to share that with others. 

Meet The Team

Steering Committee

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I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) and a master's in Economics from the HEC Lausanne (Switzerland). My research fields are Political Economy, with a focus on the interaction between organized crime and institutions, Labour Economics, and Migration Economics.

Outside academia, I love hiking and biking around Switzerland and dancing swing.

Federica Braccioli (she/her)

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University of Geneva

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I did my undergraduate and master studies at the University of Lausanne with one year exchange at McGill University in Montreal. I worked a year in England before going back to my alma mater university to pursue a Ph.D. My research focus is on conflict, political, and development economics, I am particularly interested in gender-related questions.

I love listening to podcasts and a ton of music when I am working. When I’m off a computer, I enjoy traveling, ice-skating, baking, yoga, and movies.

Katja Bergonzoli (she/her)

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University of Lausanne

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I did my undergrad at U Mannheim and my Master's at Barcelona GSE. My research interests lie at the intersection of macro, finance, and environmental economics. I am very interested in economic policy and have previously interned at the ECB and the IMF.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, surfing, playing football, and couch potatoing with a good book.

Laura Nowzohour (she/her)

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The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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I did my undergrad studies at the University of Bern and my Master's at HEC Lausanne, both with a focus on Economics. After an exchange semester at NHH in Bergen, Norway, I was an intern at Swiss Economics. My main research interest is theoretical industrial organization.

Besides being a sweet tooth, I am passionate about fashion and sports. As a chionophile, you will find me on any type of ski during the winter months.

Noëmi Jacober (she/her)

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HEC Lausanne

Communications Team

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I have a bachelor's from the University of Delhi and  masters from the University of East Anglia and The Graduate Institute. In the past, I have worked with JPAL, the World Bank, WIPO, and ITC. My research covers areas of Public Policy, Gender, and Conflict.

I am also a travel and yoga enthusiast and turned vegan recently.

Kritika Saxena (she/her)

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The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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I finished my BSc and MSc at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland with Quantitative Economics and Macroeconomic Policy orientations. I worked as a research assistant at the Swiss National Bank for a year before starting my Ph.D. at the Graduate Institute. My research interest covers monetary policy and international finance in connection with climate change.

In my spare time, I like to compensate for sitting in front of the computer with hiking, running, and horseback riding.

Viktória Vidaházy (she/her)

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The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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I hold a BSc. in Economics from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and an MSc. in Environmental and Natural Ressource Economics from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). My research interests lie mainly in climate policy design and energy market regulation, with a focus on applied microeconomic theory.

Language lover, keen baker, voracious taveller and recent runner. I'm at my happiest on a long walk or sharing a beer with good friends.

Felipe Fausto (he/him)

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University of Geneva

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I hold a B.Sc. in Economics from Presidency University, Calcutta and a Master's in Economics (Specialisation in Trade and Finance) from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. My areas of interest are Development Economics with a focus on Poverty and Gender, and International Trade. I have also worked briefly with the Reserve Bank of India on a project on Microfinance.

I am a passionate vocalist & music lover, avid reader, and cinema enthusiast. I enjoy connecting with people and knowing about global cultural diversity. Traveling, exploring and cooking bring peace and happiness to me.

Utsoree Das (she/her)

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University of Geneva

Research Clusters

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I hold a BSc in Management and an MSc in Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy), where I am also an alumna of Collegio Superiore of Alma Mater Studiorum. Before starting my Ph.D., I worked for the Center for CeRP at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. My research focuses on Education, Gender, and Labor Economics.

I am a keen Opera lover and I try to put my degree in violin to good use when I have time. I love cycling, running, hiking and virtually any activity taking place outdoors or in a theater.

Eleonora Brandimarti (she/her)

University of Geneva

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I hold a BSc in Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and a MSc in Economics from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). My research interests are Human Development and Conflict and the Economics of Crime. Before my PhD, I worked with NGOs and the United Nations.

I am also a slow reader, street food enthusiast, and amateur DJ

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The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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I have a BSc in International Relations from the University of Turin and a MSc in Economics and Political Science from the University of Milan. Currently, I am working on my own research and teaching as a PhD candidate at the University of Geneva. My main focus are intergenerational mobility, urban economics, and migration choices. Before my PhD I have worked for Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, investigating migration and integration patterns in Europe.

The need of feeding my curiosity pushes me towards reading about everything and talking to everyone, trying to develop connections with people and ideas outside my field. I enjoy running, alone or in groups, and occasionally climbing and skiing.

Pietro Campa 

University of Geneva

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The Graduate Institute Workgroup

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I hold a BSc and a Master’s degree in Economics from Los Andes University. I currently work as a research analyst of the Gender Innovation Lab, part of the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region at the World Bank. Before, I worked with the Development Research Group (DIME) and other research institutions such as Center of Economic Development Studies (CEDE), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and International food Policy (IFPRI). I have worked a lot with field work projects and have strong knowledge on impact evaluation. My main focus is on gender, agriculture economics and entrepreneurhsip.

When I'm not knee deep in data, I enjoy cycling and I have a huge soft spot for elephants. I have a healthy addiction to feminist literature and I like to explore the obstacles that stand between us and a fair and equitable society through literature
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Paula Gonzalez Martinez (she/her)

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I have a bachelor degree from the University of Bologna and a master degree from the Graduate Institute. I am a research assistant at the Center for Finance and Development, for which i conduct fieldwork in Bangladesh. Before starting the PhD I worked at the WTO, the ILO and the German institute for economic research (DIW). My research focuses on financial inclusion and women labor force participation.

I am an insatiable reader but i also enjoy aperos by the lake, countryside bike rides and smashing the glass ceiling (and the "angels of the house").

Carlotta Nani (she/her)

The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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I did my undergrad at U Mannheim and my Master's at Barcelona GSE. My research interests lie at the intersection of macro, finance, and environmental economics. I am very interested in economic policy and have previously interned at the ECB and the IMF.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, surfing, playing football, and couch potatoing with a good book.

Laura Nowzohour (she/her)

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The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Mentoring Team

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I did my undergraduate and master studies at the University of Lausanne with one year exchange at McGill University in Montreal. I worked a year in England before going back to my alma mater university to pursue a Ph.D. My research focus is on conflict, political, and development economics, I am particularly interested in gender-related questions.

I love listening to podcasts and a ton of music when I am working. When I’m off a computer, I enjoy traveling, ice-skating, baking, yoga, and movies.

Katja Bergonzoli (she/her)

University of Lausanne

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I did my Bachelor's and Master's in Economics from Jadavpur University. I have an interest in applied microeconomics and development, especially in the areas of education, child labor and corruption. I am also interested in working on the intersections of political economy and network theory.

I love discovering new cities by walking around and often stop to click pictures, observe people playing chess, or join for a table tennis match.

Pritam Saha (he/him)

University of Geneva

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I finished my BSc and MSc at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland with Quantitative Economics and Macroeconomic Policy orientations. I worked as a research assistant at the Swiss National Bank for a year before starting my Ph.D. at the Graduate Institute. My research interest covers monetary policy and international finance in connection with climate change.

In my spare time, I like to compensate for sitting in front of the computer with hiking, running, and horseback riding.

Viktória Vidaházy (she/her)

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The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Sounding Board

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Cedric Tille has been a professor of economics at the Graduate Institute since 2007, specializing in macroeconomics, capital flows, and monetary policy. He previously worked as an economist at the International Research Function of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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Lore Vandewalle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute, where she holds the Pictet Chair for Finance and Development. Previously, she was a part-time senior researcher at the University of Oslo. Professor Vandewalle obtained her PhD from the University of Namur in Belgium in 2011. Before joining the Graduate Institute in September 2012, she was employed as a researcher at Bocconi University, the London School of Economics and the University of Gottingen.

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