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In the fall of 2019, we founded the Women in Economics initiative across French-speaking universities in Switzerland. Ph.D. students and professors from the Graduate Institute, the University of Geneva, the University of Lausanne, and EPFL have been gathering to discuss gender-based discrimination in the economics profession and foster professional development. We also aim to strengthen our local network among economists. 

Since the start of the program, two important learnings have shifted our perspective on how mentoring programs can contribute to mitigating the existing lack of diversity in the profession. First, the systemic problems making economics unattractive for women are similar to those that hold back other minorities from thriving in the profession. Second, to challenge the status quo we need allies from all backgrounds to be involved. 

Our mentoring program, therefore, is open to all members who identify with a minority in the profession* as well as allies who share our vision of feminism, inclusivity, and respect and are active in our initiative. Our mentors now include professors and professionals who demonstrate an open mind and willingness to mentor and stand up for women and other under-represented groups in the profession.


*Under-represented groups include, but are not limited to, women, individuals of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals from less privileged backgrounds, disabled individuals, people with mental health conditions, first-generation students, religious minorities (…).  

We are grateful for the generous support of our mentors!


Luisa Lambertini 

University of Geneva

 Céline Carrère, Julien Xavier Daubanes, Giacomo De Giorgi, Giovanni Ferro-Luzzi, Jaya Krishnakumar, Jérémy Lucchetti, Monika Mrázová, Marcelo Olarreaga, Michele Pellizzari, Jean-Charles Rochet

The Graduate Institute

Julia Cajal-Grossi, Imelda, Joëlle Noailly, Ugo Panizza, Cédric Tille, Lore Vandewalle, Martina Viarengo, Beatrice Weder di Mauro

University of Lausanne

Kenza Benhima, Rustamdjan Hakimov, Rafael Lalive, Camille Terrier, Tiziano Rotesi

Write to us if you want to join our mentoring program!