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International Women's Day: Coffee with Economists

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International Women's Day: Coffee with Economists

In celebration of International Women's Day we're delighted to invite 16-18 year olds to attend our free virtual event "Coffee with Economists".

Date: Monday 8 March 2021
Time: 16:00 - 17:00 (UK Time)
Location: Microsoft Teams, Online

Pop the kettle on and join an informal and inclusive virtual discussion with a panel of female economists as we celebrate International Women's Day 2021.

Covid-19 has drawn attention to the work of economists, however misconceptions around the subject and the stereotypical career opportunities associated with it still exist.

Designed for 16-18 year olds, this event will helps students to find out more about economics as a subject and discover the range of career opportunities available to them. The panel of female economists will share:

  • Their experience of studying economics at university
  • The key transferable skills they think are important for studying economics
  • Their current role and what it involves

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to put their questions to the panel.


Dr Lory Barile, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr Lory Barile is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, University of Warwick. Lory is also Widening Participation Academic Lead, Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, Co-chair of the Students' Progression Working Group and Member of the Athena Swan Department Committee in the Department.

Lory has also recently been nominated as Discover Economics Champion at Warwick which is a national campaign led by the Royal Economics Society to increase diversity amongst economic students.


Professor Wiji Arulampalam, Professor of Economics

Professor Wiji Arulampalam is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. After completing her BSc, MSc and PhD at the LSE, Wiji joined the Department of Economics in September 1984. She is an econometrician who mainly works on empirical applications although she has some theoretical econometrics papers too. Her work includes applications in various sub-fields of economics: Development, Education, Health, Labour, Medicine, and Public.

Wiji has also recently been named amongst eight academics from the Department of Economics who have been identified within the World's Top 2 per cent Scientists by Stanford University. The list contains names of the top 2 per cent of the most-cited scientists in various disciplines.

Lynda Whitney, Partner at Aon

Lynda works as a Scheme Actuary advising pension scheme trustees on schemes ranging in size from £300 million to over £4 billion of assets. Lynda's role is to help them understand the pension promises they are trying to deliver and how to ensure they have enough money in the pension scheme to meet those promises. This can involve both very technical areas around life expectancy and the range of performance they might expect to achieve from their assets, but also involves supporting trustees through negotiations with the sponsoring company and communicating with members.

Lynda is a partner at Aon and has worked for the firm for over 20 years. She is also a Council member for the Pensions Policy Institute an educational, independent research organisation that works in the area of policy debate on pensions. Lynda has previously taught a module on pensions for the MSc in Actuarial Science at Imperial College Business School.

In Lynda's career she has also had the opportunity to undertake PR and marketing of Aon’s services and this has included the occasional article in major newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and interviews on Radio 2 and Radio 4. Lynda is a former student of the Department of Economics at Warwick (BSc Economics, 1997).

Urvashi Parashar, Deputy Director at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Urvashi Parashar is Deputy Director (Advanced Manufacturing Sector Analysis) in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She leads a team of 25 multidisciplinary analysts who undertake appraisal and evaluation of sectoral programmes and provide advice and support on the economics of industrial policy. The team also provide crucial analysis of the sectoral impacts of trade and Covid-19. Urvashi has a first degree in Economics from India and a Masters from University of Bristol. Urvashi is a passionate advocate of having a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture to drive the impact of economics on public policy. She leads on the outreach strand of the Women in Economics initiative in the Government Economic Service and coaches and mentors many colleagues across Whitehall. She has experience of working both in the public and private sector. She was born and raised in India, and lives in Milton Keynes with her husband and two sons.

Gabby Palmer, Head of International Cash Equity Sales at J.P. Morgan

Gabby is Head of International Cash Equity Sales at J.P. Morgan. She joined J.P. Morgan in 2014, having spent 6 years in CEEMEA Equity Sales at Morgan Stanley, but she started her career in asset management. Gabby was a European media equity research analyst at Deutsche Asset Management (2002-2005) and a CEEMEA Analyst and Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management (2005-2008). Gabby is a CFA Charter holder and graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class degree in Economics and Economic History in 2002.

Victoria Tode, Final Year BSc Economics student and Vice President of the Warwick Women in Economics Society

Victoria is currently a final year Economics undergraduate student at the University of Warwick. Alongside my studies, Victoria is Vice President of Warwick Women in Economics Society, a newly founded society dedicated to improving equality and diversity in both the academic and professional spheres of Economics. She is also Female Representative and Course Representative for the Economics Department's SSLC. Next year, Victoria will be joining Deloitte in the Audit and Assurance service line in London, where she will also be working towards a Chartered Accountancy qualification.


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