Who we are

Current Committee Chair


Prof Jo Swaffield

Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton

Jo is Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Jo is a labour economist interested in low wages, working hours and in-work poverty. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Low Pay Commission. Jo is a member of the Home Office’s Migration Advisory Committee and a Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Expert Volunteers

Expert volunteers assist the work of the RES Women’s Committee and contribute to the Women’s Committee’s activities. Expressions of interest to become an expert volunteer are accepted on a rolling basis. If interested, send your CV and cover letter to resoffice@res.org.uk.


Dr Danula Gamage


Danula is a policy analyst at Ofgem. Danula is supporting the production of the Status of Women in Economics Report in the Monitoring the Status of Women in Economics subcommittee.


Ema Talam

Staffordshire University

Ema is a lecturer and a PhD student in Economics at Staffordshire University. Ema joined the RES Women’s Committee as Expert Volunteer in November 2020. Ema is supporting the work of the Chair of the RES Women’s Committee in activities related to communication and engagement.


Dr Wanyu Chung

University of Birmingham

Wanyu is Associate Professor of Economics at University of Birmingham and Research Affiliate at Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Wanyu is supporting the work of the Communication and Engagement sub-committee.


Ume Smith

Warwick University

Ume is a 2021 Economics graduate for Warwick University. Ume is supporting the new initiative of the Women’s Committee “UK Women in Economics Network”, which aims to bring together best practices across the public, private, and academic sectors to progress women’s careers in the economics profession.

Dr Francesca Foliano

University College London

Francesca’s primary research interests are economics of education, labour and gender economics. She holds a BSc in Economic and Social Science from Bocconi University, a MA in International Economics from the University of Sussex and a PhD in Economics from the University of Kent. Francesca supports the work of the Women’s Committee Mentoring Programme sub-committee.

Committee members until 2024


Prof Stefania Paredes Fuentes

RES Diversity Champion

Stefania (she/her) is Principal Teaching Fellow in Economics and EDI Co-Lead for the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Stefania is interested in Economics Education and works on increasing diversity in the discipline. She has been involved in various outreach and widening participation initiatives. Stefania is also Senior Associate and member of the Executive Board of the Economics Network and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Chloe Maycock

Senior Economist in the Cabinet Office

Chloe is a Senior Economist in the Cabinet Office, and has worked in the Government Economic Service since 2015. Chloe has worked on a wide range of policy areas, including transport, climate change and regional economic growth. Chloe has also previously led government wide initiatives to support female economists at the start of their careers, and is passionate about empowering women in economics.


Kiran Krishna

Principal Economist, Information Commissioner’s Office

Kiran is a Principal Economist at the Information Commissioner’s Office. Before this, she was a Senior Economist at Ofgem. She also represents the RES Women’s Committee in the RES Economics Diversity & Inclusion Network. She has a Master’s in International Economics and has also worked at a think tank on European capital markets. She has been committed to supporting women and other underrepresented groups in economics her whole career – through research, mentorship and organising D&I initiatives.

Committee members until 2025


Prof Almudena Sevilla

London School of Economics 
Chair of UK-WEN until Nov 2025

Almudena Sevilla is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at LSE and a recipient of an ERC grant. Her research focuses on the areas of gender economics and human capital and is published in top economics journals. She has held positions at leading institutions such as University College London, the University of Oxford, and the US Congress. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 2004. Almudena is president-elect of the Society of the Economics of the Household, and Chair of the RES UK Women in Economics Network.


Kate Collyer

Council member (until 2026)

Kate is Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority, where she heads a division responsible for providing rigorous economic thinking, research, analysis, and advice to help the FCA deliver on its strategic objective of making financial services markets work well. Kate has nearly 20 years’ experience as an economist in roles spanning the public and private sector. Kate has undertaken several senior roles in government. She has published in The Economic Journal.


Prof Monica Costa-Dias

Council member (until 2026)

Monica Costa-Dias is Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol and Deputy Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She holds a PhD in Economics from UCL and is Visiting Professor at the University of Porto, a Council Member of the European Economic Association (2021-25), a Research Fellow at IZA, CEPR and the HCEO, and the editor of Fiscal Studies. She is a labour economist.


Anna Leach


Anna heads the economic intelligence team which produces and analyses the CBI’s economic surveys and provides the CBI’s macroeconomic forecast. She has worked at the CBI since 2008, when she joined as Fiscal Economist working on the CBI’s Budget submissions and public finance analysis. She moved on to head the economic analysis team in 2012, leading on the CBI’s assessment of near-term economic conditions.


Misa Tanaka

Bank of England

Misa Tanaka is the Head of Research at the Bank of England. She has joined the Bank in 2002 after completing a D.Phil in Economics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She has held a number of positions across Monetary Analysis, Financial Stability, and Prudential Policy Areas of the Bank.


Dr Valentina Tonei

Lecturer in Economics, University of Southampton

Dr Valentina Tonei is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Economic, Social and Political Science of the University of Southampton (UK), Department of Economics. Previously, she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York (UK). Her primary research fields are Health Economics, Family Economics and Applied MicroEconometrics. She co-leads the Women’s Committee Mentoring Programme sub-committee.

Committee members until 2026

Prof Sir Christopher Pissarides

President Elect

Sir Christopher Antoniou Pissarides FBA is a Cypriot economist. He is the School Professor of Economics & Political Science and Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus. His research focuses on topics of macroeconomics, notably labour, economic growth, and economic policy. In 2010, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics, jointly with Peter A. Diamond and Dale Mortensen, for the analysis of markets with theory of search frictions.

Prof Jo Blanden

Council member (until 2027) and Member of Women’s Committee

Jo Blanden is Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey where she has worked since 2005.  She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics. Her research interests are in Family, Education and Labour Economics.


Dr Erin Hengel

Brunel University London

Erin’s research interests are law and economics, corporate finance and applied micro theory; she has also investigated gender discrimination in peer review. Erin is from Pine Bluff, Arkansas (U.S.), has an undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in Conway and received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Staff Committee members


Marie-Luiza De Menezes

RES Member Operations Director

Marie-Luiza oversees the development and delivery of the Society’s key programmes for its members and potential members. She is staff strategic lead on Diversity and on the Education & Training, Women’s and Conference Committees. She has overall responsibility for the events, finance, elections, grants and CRM/CMS functions. Marie-Luiza has an extensive background as a senior manager within the charity sector specialising in new projects around organisational change and workforce development.

Get in touch

For further information on the work of the committee or if you have any related issues please contact the RES Office at resoffice@res.org.uk.