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Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio is a postdoctoral research fellow studying the effects of gender, culture and organizational behavior on international strategic alliances using quantitative and qualitative research methods. She earned a JD, LL.M., and a Magistére-DJCE degree in Common and Civil Law and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences (summa cum laude) while studying at universities in France, Belgium, and the U.S.A. In addition, she also contributed to the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education resource repository (discipline: law). Currently, at PON, Dr. Cecchi Dimeglio is focusing on three research projects: 1) the effects of gender and culture on the decision-making, negotiation and conflict management processes in international partnerships in Asia, 2) the role of lawyers in emerging economies, and 3) gender and entrepreneurship. At WAPPP, she will conduct further research on the role of gender in the quick services restaurant industry in China, India, Malaysia and Thailand.
Topic: “Exploring the role of gender in the quick services restaurant industry in China, India, Malaysia and Thailand: An empirical analysis”
As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd., Stephen Frost was responsible for incorporating diversity and inclusion across the 200,000 workforce, volunteers and contractors, as well as in the $2 billion procurement programme and all aspects of service delivery. At WAPPP, Stephen’s research will focus on diversity and inclusiveness during the planning of the London Games which are regarded as one of the best ever. Stephen graduated from Oxford and Harvard and has a background in advertising and consulting. He is a Fulbright Scholar, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. He established the workplace team at Stonewall and led membership of their flagship Diversity Champions program for employers to over 300 members ranging from JPMorgan to the Royal Navy and Manchester City Football Club. He also developed the Workplace Equality Index, the UK's first LGBT leadership program in conjunction with Henley Management college and a diversity recruitment guide distributed to every higher educational institution in the country.
Topic: Book project, “Diversity to Deadline: How we created everyone's London 2012”
Laura Kray is a Professor at the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Washington and has been on the Berkeley faculty since 2002. Kray has published over 45 articles in leading journals on topics pertaining to gender and negotiations, and how counterfactual thinking (reflections on the past of "what might have been") influence creativity, analytical problem solving, learning from experience, and the creation of meaning in personal narratives. Professor Kray is the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation grants and has won several Best Paper awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association of Conflict Management. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Social Psychological and Personality Science. At WAPPP, Professor Kray will be exploring the relationship between gender and the likelihood of being deceived in face-to-face negotiations.
Topic: “A Cost of High Trust: Opportunistic (and Disproportionate) Deceit to Female Negotiators”
Petra Persson received her B.A. in Political Science and Mathematics at Stockholm University in Sweden, her M.Sc. in Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics, and her M.A. and M.Phil in Economics at Columbia University, where she currently is completing her Ph.D. in Economics. Petra’s interests lie in Family Economics, Development Economics, and Applied Microeconomic Theory. She has published several working papers on topics ranging from issues of trust, to patterns of authority and coercion, to human sex trafficking. Persson has been the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships and academic paper awards, including the Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health and Economic Development in 2012, the Sweden-America Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 2011 and the Vickrey Prize for Best Third Year Paper in 2010 from Columbia University. At WAPPP, Persson will be exploring the impact of poverty and spousal resource control on intra-household violence, information exchange and consumption.
Topic: “The Impact of Poverty and Spousal Resource control on violence, information, and consumption within the household”
Miriam Schwartz-Ziv is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Finance Unit at Northeastern University. She received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her paper, co-authored with Michael Weisbach, “What Do boards do: Evidence from Minutes of Board Meetings” is forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Economics. In 2012, she was a fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School and an instructor of Financial Management at Boston University’s MBA Program. At WAPPP, she will examine how the gender of directors impacts upon the working of boards. Specifically, she will examine whether boards with at least three directors of each gender are more active, and whether firms with such boards have stronger firm performance.
Topic: “Does the Gender of Directors Matter?"
Le Wang is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Professor Wang graduated with an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University, and a B.A. from Jinan University in International Finance. Professor Wang specializes in applied econometrics, labor economics and development economics, but has also been particularly interested in issues related to the gender gap. He has published papers on the gender earnings gap in China, and has noted the importance of the gender gap component in other areas of his research. At WAPPP, he will conduct research to help develop a set of tools that could better characterize the gender gap in a society and provide robust inference of the gender gap for policy making.
Topic: “The Gender Earnings Gap: Measurement and Analysis”
Alexandra van Geen is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Alexandra’s research will focus on gender differences in individual judgment and decision-making, the design of interventions to improve diversity and experimental economics. Prior to beginning her program at Harvard Kennedy School, Alexandra was a political assistant to members of parliament in the Netherlands, where she was responsible for parliamentarians’ speeches on economic and financial matters and on gender equality. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and a B.A. in Social Science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Topic: Gender equality nudges
Dr. May Al-Dabbagh is an associate at the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard University. She was the founder and director of the Gender and Public Policy Program at the Dubai School of Government from 2006-2011. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oxford and a B.A. degree from Harvard University, where she graduated in 1999 magna cum laude in Psychology. Al-Dabbagh’s research interests include cross-cultural and social/organizational psychology; the psychological effects of globalization; and cultural and gender differences in leadership, negotiation, and job-related outcomes. She is a member of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, the International Association for Conflict Management, the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and the Academy of Management. She has publications in Arabic and English and her work has been featured in over 40 local, regional, and international media outlets. In 2010, she was appointed to the board of the Banawi Industrial Group in Saudi Arabia and the board of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) as the Director for the Middle East and Africa region. (WAPPP Associate)
Sreedhari Desai is an Assistant Professor at the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a research fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Her research investigates how individuals behave in organizations, with a focus on ethical decision-making, fairness and gender diversity. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Sreedhari’s research, joint with Iris Bohnet and Aaron Dhir, examines the wisdom of regulatory boards in increasingly requiring organizations to disclose how they go about making hires, particularly in the upper echelons of organizations. In this project, Sreedhari and her coauthors study whether counter to the popular conjecture, requiring recruiters to disclose their choice of a hire will serve as a vehicle for justifying why they chose a male over a female candidate. Sreedhari holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Utah, an M.S. in Finance, also from the University of Utah, and a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College. (WAPPP Associate)
Daniel Manne recently completed a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where his studies focused on sex equality and policies addressing violence against women. His LL.M. thesis examined the inadequate state response to violence against women and made a number of recommendations for domestic violence reform in the United States. During his fellowship at WAPPP, Manne is turning his thesis into a book that will serve as a comprehensive policy guide for domestic violence reform in the U.S. Beginning in the fall of 2012, Manne has accepted as position as Postdoctoral Associate in the Program on Ethics in Public Life at Cornell University. Previously, Manne spent several years as a practicing attorney at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston where he worked pro bono on many domestic violence cases. He also holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. (WAPPP Associate)
Olga Shurchkov is Assistant Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. Her research interests include behavioral and experimental economics and the economics of discrimination, with a particular focus on labor market discrimination and gender differences. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Shurchkov is researching the beauty premium in the labor market and how it potentially interacts with gender-based discrimination in the United States and other countries. She will also continue her work on gender differences in representation and earnings across various job types in the labor market. Shurchkov also serves as a Visiting Professor in Finance and Economics at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (WAPPP Associate)
Martina Viarengo, an Italian citizen, is Assistant Professor in the department of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Viarengo is a specialist in applied microeconomics and development, and her research focuses on comparative education policy, gender and migration. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Viarengo will continue to examine education policy, gender gaps and labor market outcomes in the OECD and developing countries to better understand how to reduce poverty and inequality. Previously, she was a Research Economist with the Education and Skills Program of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. In 2009 Viarengo was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and named Newton International Fellow by the British Academy, Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. She holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Turin. (WAPPP Associate)
Lakshmi Balachandra is a leading expert in improvisation, negotiation and entrepreneurial pitching. She is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College and as a WAPPP fellow she examines the impact of gender on entrepreneurial success in acquiring early-stage funding. Her research investigates the applications of improvisation and trust in negotiation and entrepreneurship. Her dissertation on entrepreneurial pitches and trust development in angel investors was awarded both a Graduate Research Fellowship from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Her paper on improvisation and leadership was awarded a Barry Armandi Best Student Paper award in Management Education from the Academy of Management. Her research has been published in The Journal of Business Ethics, Negotiation Journal, and Negotiation and her work has received a wide range of press including Businessweek, Chronicle of Higher Education, the Financial Times, Harvard Magazine, Inc. Magazine, India Abroad, and Reuters.