Executive Committee 2020 – 2021

President – Imaan Ahmad

I am in my final year studying History at St Cuthbert’s Society. After being the Sponsorship Officer of DUWIB last year, I am delighted to be President and to have the opportunity to support and guide our fantastic executive committee. I am looking forward to pursuing a career in commercial law after university and feel grateful that I was able to attend DUWIB events and open days at law firms to build my understanding of commercial law. I am more than happy to answer any questions from students about a career in law and the application process. Our exec will be working hard throughout the academic year to adapt and change plans given the COVID-19 pandemic so that the society can continue to support its members.

Treasurer – Kiki Thiara

I’m Kiki, a second-year Natural Sciences student at Collingwood College. I’m delighted to be joining the DUWIB exec as Treasurer this year. I have gained professional experience through spring weeks at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America and will be interning in the investment banking division at Bank of America next summer. This summer, I also took part in the diversity symposium at Jefferies Investment Bank and was Project Lead with Reshape Co. helping struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. I plan on utilising this wealth of experience in my role as Treasurer. Feel free to direct any questions relating to Investment Banking spring weeks & internships – always happy to help! 

Alongside my involvement with DUWIB society, I aim to continue my work within the Durham community as Collingwood College ethnic minority representative and open day ambassador. In terms of charity involvement, as well as being sponsorship officer for Enactus Durham, I have been part of the launch of inState which is a state-school led peer network aiming to promote access to corporate careers for state school students. I hope to use my role within the DUWIB exec to empower women with a support network and access to exciting opportunities, as well as promoting diversity and social mobility within corporate careers.

Sponsorship Officer – Tabatha Baylis

I’m Tabatha, an English Literature finalist at St Aidan’s College. My past work experience includes work in insurance and journalism. Over the summer, I interned at the Cabinet Office for five weeks, where my work involved everything from speech writing to overseeing commercial spending. I also took part in Shearman & Sterling’s Head Start scheme, and am the campus ambassador for Debevoise & Plimpton for the upcoming academic year. After graduation, I am looking forward to going into commercial law or the civil service.

I decided to join DUWIB as I’ve seen first hand the impact that the society has had on their members’ careers. As a member, I’ve found that DUWIB is a valuable platform with which I have been able to broaden my commercial understanding and gain insight into a variety of industries. 

Development Manager – Olivia Campbell

My name is Olivia and I am a second year student at St Hild and St Bede studying English literature. I spent this summer doing various internships in Law, Business and Marketing with firms like Slaughter and May and BrightNetwork, and worked at Estée Lauder’s head office in London. I have experience in Entrepreneurship and business growth from Young Enterprise and the NatWest Entrepreneurship challenge, both of which I was a finalist and proceeded to have my products sold in Waterstones and Vivacity. I also recently founded ‘Scoop’, a non for profit business which aims to reduce plastic and competitively price against market leaders and huge corporations in the industry like Tesco in order to offer a more sustainable solution to low socio economic groups. All proceeds from Scoop Durham will go to local charities and into the community. After University I am hoping to go into Law or Entrepreneurship. I decided to join DUWIB because I hope to make a difference to our members through connecting them with professionals they may have not had access to before and also to help reinforce women’s place and right to be in top industries.

Mentorship Coordinator – Eve Howarth

Hi, I am a Second Year Economics student at John Snow. I have had work experience as a Deloitte Scholar, as a Spring Insight Schemer at Morgan Stanley and Lazard, as well as a Summer Intern at Amplify Trading. I have also had a wide range of experiences including at JP Morgan, various Law firms and as Financial Services Director for a Mentor Scheme aimed at 6th form students. I intend to go into M&A within either investment banking or corporate finance. Alongside my studies I will continue working at Deloitte under the scholar scheme and look forward to rejoining Lazard as a summer analyst in 2021. I decided to join DUWIB because it empowers and facilitates women to strive for excellence and gain the skills needed to build meaningful professional relationships. This is something I am extremely passionate about and have been fortunate enough to experience the benefits of first hand through the various female mentors I have, so I am very excited to offer this opportunity to others through the mentorship co-ordinator role.

Communications Manager – Katya Irwin

I am a finalist at Hatfield College, studying Combined Honours in Social Sciences, specifically Politics, French and Business. I am really excited to be joining the DUWIB exec as a Communications Manager this year, working towards empowering and inspiring young women. Over the summer I interned at EY in Business Consulting, and have also previously interned at both law and marketing firms. These experiences have not only allowed me to build valuable skills, but also to gain a better understanding of the working world that DUWIB aims to prepare young women for. In addition, I enjoy playing hockey and tennis, and have been involved in volunteering for the UN in combatting FGM in Tanzania. I am really looking forward to working with this year’s exec and our incredible sponsors.

Communications Manager – Davina Chu

I am a finalist studying Spanish and Arabic at Hild Bede. With an international upbringing, I am very proud of my experience around the world. Over my year abroad, I’ve interned with King & Wood Mallesons in Madrid, Spain, and have had work experience in Hogan Lovells in London as well as a small law firm in Hong Kong. I’ve also volunteered abroad in Peru for a couple of months, and spent 5 months in Jordan studying Arabic during the pandemic. I’m looking to further my career in the legal world, with a particular interest in startups. Knowing that women are often underrepresented in the corporate world as we get to partner-level, being an exec on DUWIB is the perfect opportunity for me to highlight and address this issue.

Marketing Manager – Sarah John

Hi, I’m Sarah! I’m a fourth year marketing student (I did my BA in History) and I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the DUWIB exec as the Marketing Manager! I have worked in publicity and marketing for numerous College and University events, and I would ultimately like to pursue a career in digital and social media marketing. 

I have previously worked in recruitment for Contechs as well as in event management for Triumph Motorcycles, working with the marketing and events team for their ‘Triumph Live’ event. I have also volunteered abroad in Peru with DUCK, and more locally within Oxfam book stores. I joined DUWIB because it is a community full of ambitious, smart and talented women, and I look forward to continuing to network with new students as well as Durham alumnae and other women in business.

Events Manager – Ines Sanchez-Asiain

Hi I’m Ines! A 3rd year Business & Management student from Hatfield College. Having lived in 3 different countries (Spain, USA, UK) over the past 81/2 years, has allowed me to gain international experience and has played a key role in providing me with the professional capabilities and interpersonal skills to develop positive lasting relationships.

Career-wise, I am interested in finance and consulting. I had work experience in a Private Equity firm where I put into practice the evaluation and modelling of potential investments and company portfolio analysis. I have also completed Harvard’s Financial Accounting and NYU’s Corporate Finance online summer programmes.

As part of the executive committee this year, I would like to engage and provide members of the society, with the professional resources and networking opportunities within the business industry and its diverse sectors. I can’t wait to organize some amazing events alongside the other members of the exec!

Outside of my academic life, I enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends, singing and playing sports such as tennis and volleyball.

Events Manager – Kiyara Sen

I’m Kiyara, a third-year Law student at John Snow College. During my time studying at Durham University, I’ve attended various networking events with Courts of Inn 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 – Emma Duncan

My name is Emma and I am a second year Liberal Arts student at St Cuthberts Society. My combined honours degree has allowed me to study a range of modules in History, English, Spanish and Business. I am extremely excited to be helping DUWIB grow alongside our diverse range of sponsors this year. 

I have a high interest in media and marketing, being fortunate enough to spend a year working on the editorial team of a national magazine. This allowed me to gain first hand experience of writing and editing articles, as well as meeting strict print deadlines. Having originally started a Law degree at Durham, I have a wide range of professional legal experience. This includes an internship with Clifford Chance at their London and Amsterdam offices, as well as insight opportunities with Linklaters and Slaughter and May. I was also fortunate enough to assist the defence QC on an 8 week high-profile murder trial at the Old Bailey. 

Having decided Law was not for me, I took a year away from University and worked as a Property Manager, before returning to Durham to study Liberal Arts. I have also spent time volunteering in South Africa, as well as more locally in Durham through the GOALS group. 

I believe that DUWIB is a brilliant platform for students to gain an insight into potential career opportunities and I look forward to expanding the reach of the society to more like-minded women in business.

Events Manager – Toni Salami

Hey, I’m Toni and I am ecstatic to be on the exec this year as one of the events managers. I am a finalist studying Business & Management at Josephine Butler College. Over the summer, I interned at Blackrock, specialising in ETF Sales covering Multi Asset and Fixed Income Clients where I have received a graduate offer to return after I graduate. Previously I have experience from Goldman Sachs, Nomura, JP Morgan, GlaxoSmithKline and KPMG and I have also been fortunate to have volunteered in Fiji for a few months. I aim to use all my experience to guide our members through their varied career paths in the Financial Services as well as inspire and empower young women, like myself, to smash the glass ceilings! Again, I’m really excited to be on the Exec this year, working with our incredible sponsors to execute meaningful and impactful events for our members. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Events Manager – Beth Zheng

I’m Beth and I’m in my third year studying Law at Castle. I am an aspiring commercial solicitor and managed to secure two vacation schemes with UK and US firms this summer. Beside various law firm open days, I have previously completed work experience at the United Nations and the Houses of Parliament with an interest in international relations and diplomacy. I am looking forward to interning at the Ministry of Justice next summer. I’m so excited to join the DUWIB exec and work with a committee of strong, powerful women!

Events Manager – Betty Lorimer

I am a finalist at Hatfield college studying history and am delighted to be joining the DUWIB exec as an events manager. After attending the DUWIB Allen & Overy and Linklaters networking brunches last year I was hugely impressed with the events offered by the society and its aims of empowering Durham’s female students within business.

I found the networking and insight opportunities unparalleled in confirming to me I wanted to pursue a career in Law. This summer I had secured an internship with Carey Olsen which unfortunately was unable to take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously I have also completed work with Lloyd’s Banking Group and in the offices of my local MP. I have since undertaken two virtual internships, with Linklaters and Clifford Chance which I hope to draw upon over the coming months as I begin the process of applying for legal training contracts. I’m very excited to be spearheading a DUWIB Women in Law event over the next academic year which I hope will encourage more women to consider law, especially areas of law still underrepresented, as a viable and exciting career option. 

Outside of work I represent the university in polo and organised last year’s polo ball. I also play netball for my college and tutor A level students in history and English literature.

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.