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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: Tuesday 8 March 2022
Time: 17:30 - 18:30 (UK Time)
Location: Microsoft Teams, Online

Pop the kettle on and join an informal and inclusive virtual discussion with a panel of distinguished economists as we celebrate International Women's Day 2022.

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 help 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 is also the Discover Economics Champion at Warwick which is a national campaign led by the Royal Economics Society to increase diversity amongst economic students.


Dr Maureen Paul (PhD Economics 2004) - Interim Chief Economic Advisor at Ofgem

Maureen Paul is the Interim Chief Economic Advisor at Ofgem, ensuring that Ofgem’s decisions are supported by robust analysis. Maureen is passionate about making the energy markets work in the interest of existing and future energy consumers and have been working at Ofgem to do so since 2013.

Maureen oversees the policy and analytical work of Ofgem’s Office for Research and Economics, with around 30 multidisciplinary members of staff – economists, social researchers, behavioural scientists and policy experts, with wider leadership responsibilities for over 60 economists. Maureen has responsibility for advising on Ofgem’s biggest priorities, including network price regulation, charges for the use of Great Britain’s energy networks, and retail and wholesale energy market issues.

Achieving real change with regards to greater diversity and inclusion is an important part of Maureen’s leadership. She co-chairs Ofgem’s ethnic diversity staff network and has responsibilities for helping the organisation identify and put in place policies that promote inclusion, equality and diversity within our workforce. Before joining Ofgem, Maureen worked with the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading on several market studies, Competition Act cases and mergers cases. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Warwick.

Dr Michela Redoano - Associate Professor in Economics, University of Warwick and CAGE and CES-Ifo Associate

Michela is an applied economist mainly working in intersection between public economics, political economics and behavioural economics; in the sense that, for example, policy choices (such as decisions over public expenditure and taxation) are the outcomes of strategic interactions between voters and elected policy makers at different stages of the political process. The common denominator of most of Michela's work is the understanding on how these interactions work and what drives political choices from the perspective of both voters and policy makers at different stages of the political process.

Beyond doing research and teaching Michela is chairing the WEDGG Group in the department which is responsible for addressing wellbeing, equality, diversity and gender issues. One of the key priorities is to engage in activities to increase the representation of females in the Department. The Department has recently achieved a Bronze Award from the Athena Swan Charter in recognition of the commitment to gender equality. Michela is also working in collaboration with the Royal Economics Society to provide mentoring opportunities for young female economists.

Dr Eleni Angelopoulou - Deputy Director General DG Specialized Institutions and LSI Oversight in the European Central Bank

Eleni is an economist from Greece. She has a PhD in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick. Currently she is Deputy Director General in DG Specialized Institutions and LSI Oversight in the European Central Ban, Banking Supervision. She has worked in the ECB Banking Supervisor since its establishment in 2014. She has been originally appointed to the ECB as Head of the Crisis Management Division, working closely with line supervisors on crisis preparedness and management. She has represented the ECB in several committees and fora related to crisis management.

Previously she has worked in several positions in the Bank of Greece, including as an economist in the Economic Research Department with special focus on monetary policy transmission. She has also done research on a Marie-Curie fellowship in the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn in 2003-2004.

Sania Faizi - Economist for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Sania Faizi is an economist in the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs working in the Joint Air Quality Unit which is responsible for delivering the government’s plan for improving air quality by reducing roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. She has previously worked in other policy areas including food vulnerability and the National Food Strategy. Sania is passionate about applying research and analysis to solve policy problems and make a wider impact on society.

She holds a BSc in Economics Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and an MSc in Economics for Development from University of Oxford. Women’s empowerment is close to her heart, having focused on gender and development in her Master’s thesis as well as contributing her time to organisations promoting gender equality.

Anesha Seennapen - Third Year, BSc Economics

Anesha is a third year economics student at Warwick. She came from Mauritius, a culturally diverse country and my time at Warwick has definitely matched that. She had the opportunity to be involved with many different societies and by far her favourite has been Warwick Women in Economics. She was the events officer last year and for 2022 she is acting secretary. She very much enjoys working with the girls and studying economics at Warwick allows her to be involved in different projects and opportunities.

Isabelle Tomova - Second Year, International Management

Isabelle is a second-year International Management student at the University of Warwick. Originally from Bulgaria, she left her home country at the age of 17 to pursue her studies at United World College Changshu China after winning a full merit-based scholarship. There, she attended discussions and events with corporate representatives, which sparked her interest in economics and finance. At the University of Warwick, she has been involved with extra-curricular activities as part of the executive team of Warwick Women in Economics Society and Warwick Women’s Careers Society. Isabelle is passionate about sustainability and female empowerment.

Nur Batrisya Fathima - Final Year, BSc Economics

Batrisya is a final year BSc Economics Student. From Malaysia she is the first female in her family to go to university. She is passionate about Gender Economics which has led her to choose it as her Dissertation topic.


Registration for the event is essential. Registrants will receive an email the week of the event containing a link and instructions of how to join. If you have any queries about this event, please email 

Please also note that our Widening Participation and Outreach Team are running other events of this kind this term and we will provide details of them on our homepage.

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