UK WEN is an initiative within the remit of the RES Women’s Committee. This work is led by our Steering Group, chaired by Prof. Almudena Sevilla. 



Prof Almudena Sevilla

London School of Economics

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.

Almudena is Chair of the UK WEN Steering Group and co-leads the ‘Action’ initiative. Find more information about our initiatives here


Tera Allas, CBE

McKinsey & Co

Tera leads economic research at McKinsey & Company and is a Trustee of the Productivity Leadership Group and a Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Previously, she worked as Deputy Head of the Government Economic Service and as a management consultant at McKinsey. Tera holds a M.Sc. in Technology and Industrial Economics (with distinction) from Aalto University and an M.B.A (with distinction) from INSEAD. In 2018, Tera was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to economic policy.

Steering Group


Kate Collyer

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) 

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 and has published in The Economic Journal.

Kate co-leads the UK WEN ‘Action’ initiative. 


Kiran Krishna

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Kiran is a Principal Economist at the Information Commissioner’s Office. Before this, she was a Senior Economist at Ofgem. 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.

Kiran is co-lead of the ‘Communications’ workstream for UK WEN. 


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.

Anna leads the UK WEN ‘Partnership’ workstream.  


Chloe Maycock

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Chloe is a Senior Economist for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 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.

Chloe leads the UK WEN ‘Support’ initiative. 


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.

Misa leads the UK WEN ‘Network’ initiative. 


Dr Wanyu Chung

University of Birmingham

Wanyu is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham. She is affiliated with the UK’s Office for National Statistics as ONS Fellow and Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) as Research Affiliate. She has also held positions at the University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham. She received her PhD from University of Warwick in 2014. Her areas of expertise are international trade and international macroeconomics.

Wanyu is co-lead of the ‘Communications’ workstream for UK WEN. 


Marie-Luiza De Menezes

Member Operations Director | Royal Economic Society

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.

Victoria Parkinson

Programmes Officer, Diversity | Royal Economic Society

Victoria previously worked at KPMG in various project and programme management roles within Management Consulting and Marketing. She has a background in Economics having studied Economics and International Studies at Warwick University.

She supports our two Diversity networks: The Diversity and Inclusion Network, and the UK Women in Economics Network (UK WEN); and facilitates delivery of their initiatives.


Dr. Maria Psyllou

University of Birmingham

Maria is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham. She has also held a position at the Queen Mary University of London. She received her PhD from the University of Leicester in 2018. Her research mainly focuses on the economics of education. She is passionate about increasing diversity and empowering women in economics. Maria is the Discover Economics Academic Champion for the University of Birmingham, and she is leading numerous school outreach initiatives, targeting female students from disadvantaged backgrounds, aiming to reduce the gender imbalance in economics studies.

Maria leads the ‘Inspire’ initiative.

Meryem Recber

Migration Advisory Committee

Meryem is an Economic Advisor at the Migration Advisory Committee where she works on developing recommendations to government on migration policy through evidence. Before this, she has worked in several roles across government. She has recently completed her Masters in Economics and has worked on several Diversity and Inclusion initiatives throughout her career.

Meryem supports the ‘Communications’ workstream. 

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