Executive Committee 2021-22

Co-President – Kiki Thiara

Hi, I’m a third-year Natural Sciences student at Collingwood College. After managing the finances of the society as Treasurer last year, I’m delighted to take on the position of Co-President alongside Eve and implement some of the fantastic initiatives we have planned. I’ve enjoyed working closely with members of the exec in ensuring the society runs smoothly during COVID-19 and am excited to continue making progress and expand our partnerships in the coming year.

Having completed a summer internship in Investment Banking at Bank of America I look forward to joining the IBK Industrials team as a full-time Analyst upon graduation. Having had previous spring weeks at Deutsche Bank, Bank of America and RBC feel free to direct any questions relating to Investment Banking internships – always happy to help!

I look forward to using my role within the DUWIB exec to empower women with a support network and access to exciting opportunities, as well as continuing to place a focus on diversity and collaboration both within and outside the university community.

Co-President – Eve Howarth

I am in my final year studying Economics at John Snow. After being the Mentorship Co-ordinator of DUWIB last year, I am delighted to be Co-President and to have the opportunity to support and guide our fantastic executive committee alongside Kiki.

I intend to go into M&A within either investment banking or corporate finance having completed summer internships at Lazard and Deloitte. I believe DUWIB 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, so I am very excited to offer this opportunity to others through the society. I am more than happy to answer any questions from students about a career in banking / professional services or my involvement and experiences of being part of DUWIB. Our exec will be working hard throughout the academic year to bring back the in-person events we all love and I look forwarding to meeting many of you there.

Treasurer – Jingyi Wendy Wang

Hi! My name is Jingyi and you can call me Wendy. I’m a second-year student studying Accounting and Finance. I’m from China and spend my first year at St. Mary’s College. In my spare time, I like dancing and fencing. I joined DUWIB as I want to empower female students to enter business world by utilizing my knowledge and network. Also, I hope to make like-minded friends through DUWIB!

Sponsorship Officer – Cara Hart

Hi, I’m a finalist studying Law at Collingwood and am very excited to join the DUWIB exec this year. After university I am looking forward to undertaking a training contract at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and pursuing a career in commercial law. Attending DUWIB networking events last year helped me to better understand and distinguish the different offerings of firms. I also benefitted hugely from my DUWIB mentor, so would encourage past and present members to participate in this valuable scheme.

Reading the astonishing statistic that the number of women holding FTSE 100 chief executive positions in the UK is six, which is less than the number of CEOs named Dave or David (Financial Times, 2018), particularly alerted me to the need for greater female representation in senior industry positions. I am passionate about the society’s ethos of enhancing opportunities and challenging barriers to access.

Outside of my academic life, I enjoy travelling, skiing and cycling whenever I can. I am really looking forward to working with this year’s exec and our many incredible sponsors!

Development Manager – Veena Tadikonda

Hi everyone! I’m Veena and I’m your development officer for 2021/22. I am a 2nd year law student who is an aspiring solicitor with a keen interest in business. I look forward to working with the wonderful exec team and growing as a society while we aim to bring the best opportunities to our members. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions/queries.

Mentorship Coordinator – Phoebe Farman

I’m Phoebe, a third year Economics student at St Aidan’s College. I’m really excited to be part of the DUWIB exec this year as Mentorship Coordinator as I have really benefitted from the scheme and can’t wait for others to do so too. I am currently undertaking an internship at Standard Chartered Bank within their Financial Markets division and am hoping to go into something similar after my time at Durham! I’m looking forward to seeing women within the society be empowered, facilitated in their journey of excellence through the mentorship scheme and connect with so many like – minded individuals to help strengthen their professional foundations.

Communications Manager – Francisca Lam

Hi, I’m Fran, a second year law student at St Aidan’s College. Born and raised in Hong Kong, I am very proud of my upbringing and experiences from abroad and am keen to bring those into DUWIB. While having done internships in a family law firm in Hong Kong has cemented my interest in practising private client law (specifically family law), I am still open to exploring different career paths having recently completed an internship at PwC which allowed me to develop a stronger understanding of auditing and business practices as a whole.  In my role, I look forward to growing the society along with the rest of the exec and to create opportunities for other women to take heed of, challenging traditional barriers that exist and breaking them.


Communications Manager – Hannah Matthews

Hi I’m Hannah, a second year BA Geography student at St Mary’s College and I’m really excited to be joining the DUWIB exec this year. Over the summer I have undertaken a Marketing Internship with a local charity and this has motivated me to pursue a career working within the charity sector. I have also interned with the Bright Network on their Public Sector, Policy & Charity scheme and been part of numerous volunteering projects over the past few years. All these opportunities have allowed me to build valuable skills and gain experience of the industry which I aspire to be part of. I decided to join DUWIB because it is an amazing community full of motivation, ambition and talent and I am really looking forward to being on the exec.

Events Manager – Nessa Owen

Hello! I am a Second Year Business and Management Student at John Snow College. This year I will be applying to Placement opportunities in marketing for my third year. I work part time as a waitress, but also love spending my time singing, performing and volunteering. Since I started at Durham, I have often felt like I am not good enough and I don’t belong; These feelings of imposter syndrome are so common and I realised this by attending several DUWIB events, where I was reassured that I deserve to be here and I am good enough. I look forward to organising and attending many more events this year and hopefully making lots of new friends and connections. Working as an events manager for DUWIB will empower me to achieve my personal and professional goals, as I will be surrounding myself with likeminded and ambitious women!

Events Manager – Hester Bromovsky

Hi I’m Hester, a second year finance student at Hatfield college. I am very excited to be joining the DUWIB exec this year as one of the event mangers and hope to be able to organise some really great events, to make the most of this post covid world. I have business experience from managing a fund whilst a member of an Investment society and am currently applying for summer internships for next year, in the hope to pursue a career in a finance related industry. Outside of work I play lacrosse for both the uni and for college.

Events Manager – Gabriela Scanlon-Rubio

I’m Gabriela, a third year Physics student from Castle. I am delighted to be joining the DUWIB executive committee this year as an Events Manager.

Career-wise, I am interested in Finance and would love to work abroad in the future. My past work experience includes a Spring Week at Citi and some time at Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Rothschild & Co. I am also looking forward to joining Citi as an Investment Banking Summer Intern in 2022.

I am very excited to be part of the DUWIB committee this year as I think it is important to support women in the workplace, particularly in underrepresented industries, and to support and inspire each other’s journeys at Durham. I am looking forward to meeting and working with other determined and career-focussed women in the DUWIB community. I can’t wait to organise some fantastic events for our members over the next year – and, in particular, am hoping to organise plenty of in-person networking events as these have been greatly missed due to the pandemic!

Events Manager – Priya Singh

Hi, I’m Priya, a third-year finance student at Butler with a predicted First-Class Honours. I am really excited to be joining the DUWIB exec as Events Manager this year, working towards empowering and inspiring young women. I am passionate about the Banking and Investment sector with an aim to pursue a career within the field. This year, I interned with a strategy consultancy firm, Total Solutions Group, where I ideated and executed business strategies for launch, expansion, and financing of 4 projects. Previously, I completed a Financial and Professional Services internship and an insight event with Bank of America. In high school, I interned with Mastercard for a summer programme. I am currently serving on the exec of eight different societies at a college and university level including Finance, Business, Mountaineering and Indian Societies. I am also the Events Manager for Durham Student Volunteering & Outreach and lead the Créche project. In my spare time, I enjoy adventure sports and love horse riding. DUWIB 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. 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.

Events Manager – Zoe Letros

I’m a German-born/American-raised second year business student at Durham, hoping to jumpstart my career in consulting post uni. I am currently interning at a private equity recruitment firm in London, where my team and I focus on conducting executive search for firms in the Middle East. Last summer, I worked as a Financial Services intern at KPMG in Frankfurt and this year I led the Durham TAMID consulting project alongside my studies. I am extremely passionate about this society and cannot wait to begin organizing networking events, workshops and guest speakers for the upcoming academic year! Feel free to reach out with any questions or ideas!

Events Manager – Françoise Labode

Hi, I’m Françoise and I am a final year Law student from Hild Bede. I am also the President of Enactus Durham and Durham’s Jumpstart Representative!

I have secured work experience from a variety of places for example within the payments industry at Pay.UK (the UK’s retail payments authority), Durham University and government backed organisations such as NCS and ORCA EPA. Furthermore, I was the Durham Campus Ambassador for Linklaters and have secured an internship at Slaughter and May. Moreover, I have experience working within the charity sector and as a Girlguiding Advocate.

Since starting university, I have attended countless Law, Business and Sustainability related events. Similarly, I have attended fantastic insight events hosted by the likes of GCHQ, KPMG and GSK. Over the next year, I would love to facilitate in-person, COVID friendly events that all members can benefit from. This will range from events for professional career paths, but also the non-traditional career paths that are equally important!

I am looking forward to being on the exec next year and can’t wait to build on the society’s progress to make it even more accessible, diverse, inclusive, and relevant for our members to ensure that the glass ceiling is fully broken!

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.