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We remain grateful to our previous members for their involvement and support throughout the years.

The Rare Voices in Economics initiative could not exist today without their help and work.

Thank you!

Co-founders
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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.

Laura Nowzohour 

The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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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.

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University of Geneva

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I grew up between Brazil, the United States, and France, and started my career in policy work at the Climate Investment Funds (a Trust Fund of the World Bank) before starting my PhD in political economy in Lausanne. I am interested in political economy, development economics, and climate change economics, all from a micro perspective. I am currently running a field experiment in Bogotá, and am exploring different facets of the effects of climate change on conflict and development.

Alice Antunes

University of Lausanne

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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)

University of 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.

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Noëmi Jacober (she/her)

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University of Lausanne

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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 hold a BSc in Management and a 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 PhD, 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 spent my undergraduate years in Beijing at Renmin University of China. After my studies in the master's program in Economics at the Graduate Institute, I have moved to the University of Lausanne to pursue my PhD degree. My research interests lie in macroeconomics, especially on small and medium firms' borrowing constraints and its implications.

Wenxia Tang (she/her)

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University of Lausanne

I hold a BSc in Economics from the University of Geneva and a MSc in Economics from the University of Lausanne. Prior to my PhD, I worked as an intern in Monetary Policy Analysis at the Swiss National Bank. My research focuses on monetary economics, international macroeconomics and financial economics. I am particularly interested in the relationship between global liquidity, monetary policy and sovereign debt management.

I am a creative person who thrives in artistic environments. I shoot black and white analogue photography and play the piano. I am also a chess enthusiast who enjoys occasional sport activities such as basketball and bouldering.

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Maxime Phillot (he/him)

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University of Lausanne

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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 (she/her)

The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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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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