Executive Committee 2019 – 2020

President – Sabrina Allhusen

I am a finalist studying Spanish, Classics and Catalan at Trevelyan College and I am delighted to be President of DUWIB this year. Over the summer, I interned at Evercore for ten weeks, specialising in their corporate advisory energy team, and hope to go into either investment banking or management consultancy after I graduate. In previous holidays, I have interned with Lazard, Goldman Sachs, Christie’s and Somerset Capital Management, and I have also worked in Chile, the United States, Colombia and Spain. Having previously been Treasurer of DUWIB, as well as for the Hispanic Society, I hope to use my variety of experiences to further develop the industries our partners represent and to help DUWIB continue to grow and thrive as a society.

Treasurer – Katerina Bacova

Hi, my name is Katerina and I am this year’s Treasurer. I am currently in my 3rd year reading Economics with Management. I have gained professional experience as a summer intern in Data & Analytics at Royal Bank of Scotland, Vodafone and most recently at a technology start-up. Last year I was the Treasurer of Student Representative Council at College of St. Hild & St. Bede which taught me several skills when it comes to student group finances. Furthermore, when I am not in the library you can find me at the Durham Union, gym or running. I am looking forward to my role this year as well as to being part of such a great society and seeing all the events the girls have prepared this year!

Sponsorship Officer – Imaan Ahmad

I am a second year History student at St Cuthbert’s Society. I have done work experience in a variety of fields such as at UK human rights charity, Christie’s and Nomura and I am glad to have taken the time to find a career which truly motivates me. Most recently, I spent a week at Norton Rose Fulbright and this fantastic work experience contributed to my decision to pursue commercial law. I shadowed a partner specialising in corporate responsibility and human rights and this was a fascinating angle from which to explore commercial law. I hope to work in a similar field in the future. I am so happy to be a part of the DUWIB exec as I believe the society is a valuable platform from which to meet like-minded people and hear from professionals.

Development Manager – Iona Biggart

I am a finalist at Hatfield College studying Psychology and am delighted to resume my exec involvement this academic year. Having been involved in the DUWIB society the previous year as the 2018 – 2019 Marketing Manager, I am delighted to return to take on a new position on the exec team as the Development Officer.

In this new role, I aim to expand the DUWIB society beyond the traditional corporate sponsors to encourage the involvement of new diverse industries with the society. I hope to do this by forging strong relationships with potential future sponsors and increasing awareness of the DUWIB society within the Durham community to help aspiring students navigate the work place.

Over the summer, I competed a corporate PR internship at Jefferies bank as well as a work experience placement at FTI Consulting. In these roles, I worked on brand management for large financial organisations and built upon my extensive previous experience of PR and Marketing for a diverse range of companies including L.K. Bennett, Blue Marlin and the British Library. I hope to pursue a career in PR upon graduation and I look forward to applying the skills I learnt from the internship to my new role.

Alongside my involvement with DUWIB society, I aim to continue my charity work within the Durham community via the charity Project SOUP Durham which helps raise money for charities combating food poverty and homelessness. I look forward to returning to the society to begin a new role and work alongside such a talented team!

Mentorship Coordinator – Emily Farr

I am a Hatfield student entering my final year studying Human Geography and I am really excited to take on the role of Mentorship Coordinator for DUWIB this year. I have a wide range of professional experience, ranging from a spring internship at Smith & Williamson in their investment department to experience in law with both 9 Gough Square Barristers Chambers and Herbert Smith Freehills. I also involve myself in numerous volunteering projects, including co-leading an SCA project which works alongside the charity Beyond Boundaries to support people with mental disabilities. I have also volunteered in Peru with DUCK and locally in Durham for FoodCycle. I believe the DUWIB mentorship scheme is a brilliant way for students to learn more about potential future career paths and opportunities, so I hope to continue to expand the scheme and create many lasting relationships between Durham students and alumnae.

Communications Officer – Vanessa Gunn

I am a fourth year English Student at Grey college, and am delighted to be joining the DUWIB exec as Communications Manager year. While on my year abroad in Berlin I worked in Fintech, specialising in banking operations and innovation, and pursued my interest in Financial start-ups while interning at a digital consultancy in London in the summer. Previously, I completed an internship at INCE law firm and insight days at Tanfield Chambers, as well as doing work experience in advertising and brand management. While at Durham I participated in the DU Blueprint Enterprise Challenge, and continued working on my business idea in Berlin mentored by SAP. I aim to use my role within DUWIB to increase awareness of the Fintech industry within the Durham community, and diversify the current graduate offerings into innovative industries!

Marketing Manager: Victoria Eslami

I am ecstatic to commence the role of Marketing Manager with DUWIB and help the society with its goal to inspire young women aiming for success. Being a second year Business and Management student, I have a passion for the corporate world and have a specific interest in business consultancy as well as marketing. Currently, I have experience in multiple finance and banking sectors such as Lloyds Bank and HSBC. I also co-founded a business in Durham called ‘The Book Exchange’, hence have a strong fervour for entrepreneurship. I’m a member of St Cuthbert’s college and look forward to continuing to network with new students, as well as other women in business! 

Events Manager – Drish Patel

Hi, I’m Drish! I am a second year Business Management student from John Snow College, and am extremely pleased to undertake the role of Events Manager this year at DUWIB! In the past, I have attended insight programmes at PwC, KPMG, EY, Royal Bank of Canada and Lloyds Banking Group as well as completed work placements at Sky and Asda head offices. I am hoping to use this experience to help guide members through the distinct career options available in the field of business alongside advise them about the varying complexity of application processes. As part of the executive committee this year, I would like to actively engage female students at all degree disciplines and years in various business-related job prospects. By providing professional resources and networking opportunities, I am hoping this upcoming year, the events management team can further improve the experience, development and connectivity of society members.

Events Manager – Kamile Wisniewska

My name is Kamila Wisniewska and I am currently studying Economics with Management at University College. I have been part of various societies over the past two years at Durham, including holding the Secretary position at French Society and being the Publicity Officer at Durham Society for Economic Pluralism. Career-wise, my main interests are in banking and consulting and I am currently at BNP Paribas in Global Markets for the summer. I have completed some earlier work experience placements such as a week at a local Solicitors’ Office and one at Ericsson in Business Operations. Outside of the academic life, I love learning languages and playing various sports, including tennis and squash.

Events Manager – Kaira Lawrence

I am a final year student studying Geography at St Aidan’s College. I have a vast range of experience focused in Marketing and Management teams which I hope to peruse after graduating. For the last 2 summers, I have worked for international education companies in administration and activities/events. Within University last year, I worked as Publicity and Social Media Officer for SACFS and coordinated events for the creative arts organisation Thorn. I am really excited to use my diverse experience to contribute to DUWIB as Events Manager. Throughout my time at Durham, I have been really impressed with DUWIB society to provide empowerment, opportunity and a network of support to students.  Over the next academic year, I’ll also be working in association with The Times to manage graduate research projects on campus. I am thrilled to be working with DUWIB and can’t wait for the exciting and varied year ahead.

Events Manager – Kiyara Sen

I’m Kiyara, a second-year Law student at John Snow College. During my first-year studying at Durham University, I’ve attended various networking events with Inns of Court such as Lincoln’s Inn and Inner Temple along with completing a two-months long internship at Human Rights Law Network, India. Such experience enabled me to hone crucial elements of communication, research and organization skills that I plan to employ while organising events for DUWIB. Feel free to direct any questions relating to Law, vac schemes or mini pupillages – always here to help! I plan on extending the platform that this society offers, to students not only interested in business and finance but also students who plan on working in other fields such as law, politics and tech. I look forward to working with exciting sponsors we have and, to engage with the current and new members joining the society this year.

Events Manager – Harriet Good

I’m a fourth-year linguist studying French and Spanish at St Chad’s College. I‘ve just got back from a year abroad where I worked in translation in Spain, taught English in Belgium and worked on turtle conservation in Costa Rica. During my time at Durham I have completed internships at Freshfields in their Madrid office and the Spring and Summer internship programmes at Goldman Sachs in their Securities division, as well as other work experience in the legal and finance sectors. I’m really excited to be on the Women in Business Exec this year, working with our incredible sponsors and being part of a team that is putting on some fantastic events so hope to see lots of you there!

Events Manager – Erin Hanson

Hi, my name is Erin Hanson and I’m a Combined Honours student studying History and Politics. I first came across the society last year and subscribed to the newsletter, and I believe that it was one of the greatest decisions I made in second year. The varied and informative events allowed me to think more seriously about life after graduation, and the networking events led to me successfully applying for a training contract at a law firm in London. The society stands for empowering women and raising aspirations for female Durham students to aim for top positions at world-renowned companies around the world, and I am honoured to be able to be a part of the exec to keep this amazing society running. Apart from attending DUWIB events, I also enjoy playing netball, long walks with my cockapoo puppy called Buddy and researching the politics of education!

Exec Applications

DUWIB is run by an annually selected Executive Committee. Applications for all Executive Committee positions open in Epiphany Term each year. Please check our Facebook page to see whether our applications are currently open.