Meet the team.

Summit Coordinators

The Coordinators take overall command of the Summit with influence over every aspect of its planning and implementation. The pair are the main outlet for innovation each year and as the representatives of the Summit they meet with key partners to discuss the aims and logistics of the weekend. On the weekend itself the Coordinators will be responsible for the general image of the Summit and organisation of the summit's extensive team. They will also be on hand to answer any questions from delegates, speakers and sponsors.

Talks Team

Each year the Talks Team strive to secure a distinguishing variety of high-profile speakers for the Summit. From Nobel Prize Winners to Central Bank Governors, year upon year the Summit can claim to welcome movers and shakers of the economic, political and business worlds. Inviting speakers and subsequently arranging their speaking arrangements and logistics are just a few of the tasks involved in creating the Summit. Besides organising stand-alone promotional speaker events leading up the Summit, our Team members also conduct various seminars addressing happening issues of today during the Summit.

Operations Team

The Operations Team is responsible for handling the logistics and operations throughout the year and for the Summit weekend itself. It is the team at the Warwick Economics Summit that manages and organises the Summit activity. The team is responsible for taking care of all of the background activities that keep the Summit running efficiently behind the scenes and ensuring that the delegates of the Summit ultimately receive the highest quality of experience at the University of Warwick. They also oversee the purchase of merchandise in a cost-efficient way and ensure that the weekend operations run smoothly. The Operations team works closely with other teams to bring our marketing strategy to life and maintain a physical presence on campus and beyond.

Communications Team

The Communications Team is responsible for all communications, both internally and externally, regarding the Summit. They liaise with the media, ranging from national press outlets to student publications in order to give the Summit as much coverage as possible. They are also responsible for the management of the prominent social media presence that the Summit enjoys. The team will be working to bring you the latest news on the development of the 2019 programme, as well as the best of the weekend as it happens. Be sure to keep an eye on the website, our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for our updates.

External Relations & Hospitality Team

Responsible for marketing the Warwick Economics Summit to students outside the University of Warwick. The Summit attracts students from top universities across the world - last year it hosted over 200 external delegates from 17 different countries! The team also provides delegates with premium accommodation and directions on how to arrive on campus, while also ensuring that the external participants are comfortable throughout their stay.

Tech Team

The Tech Team is responsible for the maintenance of the Warwick Economics Summit website and all the technical aspects that the Summit requires throughout the year. These responsibilities range from ticketing through to live-streaming the talks during the weekend. This year, the Tech Team has worked exceptionally hard to bring you a new website and revised version of the WES app and will continue to do so all the way up to the Summit weekend.

Marketing Team

The Marketing team is responsible for building and promoting the WES brand throughout and beyond campus, all year-round. Furthermore, during the Summit weekend, we work hard to provide an unforgettable experience for all our visitors. This entails coming up with social media content and creative ways to announce our speakers and events, designing and making the promotional material, and ensuring that WES 2019 is a sell-out success, just like every year before it.

Social Events Team

The Social Events Team is the creative engine that drives the Summit Ball, which is widely regarded as one of the highlights of the University of Warwick's social calendar. The Ball each year improves on its predecessors and the team will be responsible for ensuring that all aspects are planned, from the Theme, to the entertainment that will be provided for delegates. In addition, the team will be responsible for organising the many socials on which are built the core elements of The Summit team: friendship, relationships and memories.

Finance & Sponsorship Team

The Finance and Sponsorship Team is responsible both for management of the summit finances and liaising with sponsors; raising sponsorship and ensuring our partners get the exposure they deserve. Working with our high profile sponsors for mutual benefit is a big part of the team's role, and we are also responsible for the departmental budget allocation, control of summit spending and ensuring we can get the most out of one of the largest society budgets on campus

Isabella Fausti

 Coordinator

Studying:

PPE (3rd Year)

Biography:

Impressed by WES2018, which featured ‘her’ former PM Mario Monti, Isabella joined the team in Spring 2018 as External Relations & Hospitality Coordinator, contributing to bringing delegates from 40+ universities to the 2019 edition of the Summit. In the (rare) moments of relax, she dreams about the next exotic destination she will visit or cultivates her passion for literature.

Giovanni Pierdomenico

Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (3rd Year)

Biography:

The Warwick Economics Summit has been a constant in Giovanni’s time at Warwick. WES welcomed him in the Communications Team as a shy and lost fresher and transformed him into a trustworthy (?) overall Coordinator. He spends most of his time in the grid or in front of a beer. He particularly enjoys telling anecdotes about his region of birth and shouting against his laptop. 

 
 

Eleni Sandi

Talks Head Coordinator

Studying: 

EPAIS (2nd Year)

 

Biography:

Eleni is a 2nd year Economics, Politics and International Studies student. She joined the WES family a year ago as a fresher ready to dedicate her energy and passion for current affairs to WES 2019. Now she’s back at it with her team for one more year of inviting super famous speakers, stressing over everything and organizing the greatest conference Warwick has ever seen. If she’s not busy running late for lectures, she’s probably in the library attempting to snack discreetly on floor 5. If you want a cookie, stop by.

Federico Colombo

Deputy Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

Federico is a third year economics student. He joined WES last year as a team member, and made a lasting impact with his boundless energy, endless collection of hats and competitive spirit. When he is not busy making lifelong connections with our speakers or ensuring that the content for the conference is the most engaging yet, he is at the gym or fixing his beloved motorbike. You will always find him at the grid or in the library being anything but quiet. If you spot the hat, drop by for a chat. 

Ami Kocher

Deputy Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (2nd Year)

 

Biography:

Ami is a second year economics student who has been part of WES throughout her time at Warwick. Since joining, she has brought her positive aura and energetic personality to WES. Her great ambition is a reflection of her love for WES and she fuels the talks team to maintain the excellent quality of our speakers, her goal for the WES Talks team is to inspire our audience with a brilliant lineup. Other than drafting emails, Ami spends her time Thai Boxing, at Smack or watching trash TV. She is a kind and caring friend who is always happy to help but greatly appreciates snacks in return.

Nishakya Ranasinghe

Operations Coordinator

Studying:

Economics and Industrial Organisation (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

Nishakya is a 3rd year student of Economics with Industrial Organizaition. Given that she is more organized than the industries she studies, Nishi became operations coordinator after one year of being a team member in the same team. She is famous for having everything under control and being always available to help, characteristics that make her curcial to ensure a great summit.

Pier Luigi Colizzi

Operations Coordinator

Studying:

Management (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

 Pier Luigi is a 3rd year student in Management with Finance. Pier has always been passionate about Economics and what WES stands for and after being an Operations team member last year Pier Luigi (Pigi) was extremely eager to take on a coordinator role this year. He is extremely dedicated to his role and never fails to think out of the box. Besides this, he enjoys sports, going out with friends and reading. 

 

Georgiana Puscas

Communications Coordinator

Studying:

PPE (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

After attending WES as a delegate last year, Georgi was so impressed by the Summit that she couldn’t miss the opportunity to join the organising team. As a final year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student, she saw no better place for her than Communications. Now responsible with the alumni engagement strategy of the Summit, Georgi wants to ensure that all past and current WES members enjoy being part of the network. Apart from her academic interests, Georgi loves music, literature, sports and travelling.

Chris Lim

Communications Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (2nd Year)

 

Biography:

To join WES, Chris had to leave his loving family back in Malaysia, cut through the thick Brummie accent and sell his soul to neoclassicism. This gem of an individual is a very busy man, being involved in WES means that he has no time for frivolous pursuits such as Love or an Economics degree. He likes to believe that his Instagram stories are very funny, and he invites you to share the same belief. For each of his articles, Chris puts in a ton of effort researching and writing it, and he would greatly appreciate you reading them. Like ... now.

Tom Kurian

Communications Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (2nd Year)

 

Biography:

Tom is a second year Economics student. He joined WES at the end of his first year and is eager to expand the global outlook of the summit as Communications and Press coordinator. When he's not writing about Ebola or Silicon Valley, he enjoys running, badminton, playing the guitar and alto saxophone, listening to podcasts and visiting new countries. Tom also (unironically) considers himself a Kanye West superfan.

Kako Higashida

ERH Deputy Coordinator

Studying: 

Economics (2nd Year)

 

Biography:

For two years now, Kako has continued to charm ambassadors and show them the beauties of WES. Ask this second year Economics Japanese cutie if Star Wars and Star Trek are the same thing and she might actually never talk to you again. She might be small, but never underestimate her; she is driven, fierce and will make you submit that ambassador agreement ASAP. Oh, and if you're looking for her, you will easily recognise her by her amazing sense of fashion. She also changes her hairstyle quite often, but do not worry, her love for WES will never change!!

Aydan Ali

ERH Head Coordinator

Studying:

PPE (3rd Year)

Biography:

Aydan is a diligent, hardworking, and warm-hearted third year PPE student. Her passion for fashion almost outweighs her love for food and cooking. Her favorite dish is Coq au Vin. During the day, you can usually find her at the grid and at night she’s the life of the party. It’s rare you’ll find her awake because her ability to sleep anywhere or anytime is unmatched. Her goal for WES is to create a global community of ambassadors that have an opportunity to network together and share their experiences.

Sohaila Abdelaal

ERH Deputy Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (2nd Year)

 

Biography:

Sohaila, also known as Su, is a second year Economics students who joined WES at the end of her first year. With her positivity and her endless list of memes, there is never a dull moment with Su. She is a go-to person if you seek inspiration for a healthy lifestyle and the motivation to go to the gym. She may be the youngest member of WES, but her mature and conscientious perspective towards her work is what keeps the ERH team organised and focused to reach their goals. 

 
 

Eleonora Bonel

Tech Head Coordinator

Studying: 

PPE (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

Eleonora is a third year PPE student with strong drive on achieving her goals. Her good organisational skills and hard-working character allows her to lead the Tech team to become better and better. All the way from Italy, she is not here to slack. She aims to organise every aspects of the Technology of WES to the greatest details. In another life, she's DJ-ing in Berghain. 

David Sun

Tech Deputy Coordinator

Studying:

Engineering (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

David is a 3rd year Engineering student. His fashion sense is certainly one of the first things you will notice of him, although his passion for WES and dedication to the team stand out in a similar way. His calm brings a balance to the Team in times of difficulty, and he is determined to deliver the best WES experience in his faculties. No one knows if he wears contact lenses, but be sure he won't lose sight of his goals.

 

Serena Mile

Tech Deputy Coordinator

Studying:

Computer Science (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

Serena is a third-year computer scientist. Thought this couldn’t get cooler? Just wait. You’ll certainly have noticed her cat-walking in the Grid, or queuing for Smack q-jumps while giving people around her the model stare. She is bright, hard-working and when you won't find her at the gym, she'll be busy working on delivering the best WES edition in her power. 

Jaakko Ikonen

Marketing Coordinator

Studying: 

EPAIS (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

He finds graphics design pretty cool. A third year EPAIS student, Jaakko aspires to make your WES experience as visually striking as possible. After attending the Summit during his first year at university, he realised there is no better place to fulfil his creative design needs than WES. When he isn’t busy designing posters, you’ll probably find him sipping black coffee at the Library café.

Bartosz Trydenski

Marketing  Coordinator

Studying:

Management (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

Connected with WES since the very beginning of his life at Warwick, Bartek is a second year Managment student from Poland. Bartek's understanding of the WES brand is admireable. He strongly understands what WES is and where it is trying to go. His excentric, and sometimes unpredictable character is what makes him who he is. In his free time Bartek loves a good chat, but Mondays may not be the best days for that. He is usually recovering after being dissapointed by Arsenal's performance on the weekend.

 
 

Aabia Afzal 

Social Events Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (2nd Year)

 

Biography:

Inspired by attending the 2019 Summit, Aabia joined the WES family in March 2019 as a Social Events Coordinator. Funny, friendly, supportive are probably the best words to describe her. If you ever need a chat, the best daal recipe or some Spanish lessons, she is the perfect person to approach. When she isn't busy planning the next WES social event, you can probably find her taking endless photos of her friends at brunch or eating peanut butter with rice cakes in the library. 

George Cazan

Social Events Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

George’s WES adventure began as a marketing team member in his second year, but as the clear life of the party he decided to make the switch to Social Events Coordinator. When George isn’t dedicating his time to WES or in the Grid, you can probably find him dancing away at some European music festival.

 

Ines Beleza

Finance Head Coordinator

Studying: 

Economics (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

3rd year Economics student, 3rd year in WES – Inês’ dedication continues as Finance Head Coordinator for WES2020. Few can pronounce her name correctly but many can attest to Inês’ calm and collected yet highly driven personality. When she’s not planning team budget allocation or pushing for sponsors, you can find Inês on the Altoria dancefloor, watching Peaky Blinders, exploring new destinations and enjoying some quality sushi and drinks with friends.

Sai Kumar

   Finance Co-coordinator &                     Treasurer

Studying: 

EPAIS (2nd Year)

 

Biography:

Sai is a second year EPAIS student from Switzerland and India. He joined WES last year as a Finance team member and was the Master of Ceremonies of WES2019. When he is not watching a cricket match, you can find him at Swiss pres running after the fondue. He will happily try new cuisines and is always available for a drink with friends. Sai is also passionate about traveling and always seeks to get to know new cultures.

Filippo Biancifiori

Finance Co-Coordinator

Studying:

Economics (3rd Year)

 

Biography:

Finance, Football, Filippo. Filippo joined WES in his second year, skipping the Team member step. A third year econonics student, if he is not preparing for the next econ test or working on his dissertation on financial contagion, find Filippo on the football pitches with his Italian team mates on Wednesday afternoons, or SMACK on Tuesday evenings complemented by Access on Thursdays. An enthusiastic Italian in heart and London investment banker in becoming, Filippo is always open for a Peroni if it’s after 5pm and will happily beat you in every beer pong match at pres. A compassionate personality, slightly cynic at times, it is always good talking to him or hitting him up for excellent and honest advice for internship applications.

Kai Foerster

Finance Co-Coordinator

Studying:

PPE (3nd Year)

 

Biography:

After attending WES for two consecutive years as a curious PPE student, Kai was so impressed by the Summit’s reach that he decided to join as Finance Coordinator at the end of his second year. When not inviting some of the world’s most prominent research institutions, NGOs and international organisations to partner with WES, he can be found eagerly debating about politics and current affairs in the library, at house parties, and in Access’ smoking area. Kai, as a proud German-Japanese, will never lose a chance to be perfectly on time, eat or cook sushi, and of course join for a good pint of German lager. 

 

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