The Female Economist of the Year 2016 is Mikaela Lundh. The scholarship, which highlights future female leaders, is being awarded for the 16th consecutive year to an outstanding female student at the Stockholm School of Economics.
For the first time, the major global bank Citi is the principal sponsor and host company for the scholarship. Over the year, the 2016 winner, Mikaela Lundh, will hold a tailored role at Citi, where she will have the opportunity to become familiar with many aspects of the bank’s operations. She will be posted in both London and Stockholm, and she will have two mentors from the bank.
“It is a serious problem that such a large percentage of women choose not to study or work in finance and, personally, I can identify with them – change is needed in the sector. Supported by Barbro Ehnbom, Stockholm School of Economics, and Citi, the scholarship provides a setting where this change is possible. I am truly happy to receive this award, and for having ultimately found myself working in this sector,” says Mikaela Lundh.
“We were hugely impressed by this year’s candidates. But it was Mikaela’s enthusiasm and drive – not only for economics and finance but also for taking on a new role with us – which meant she stood out among the other candidates. She has integrity and a colourful personality and we are completely confident that Mikaela will be an appreciated and valuable colleague. We look forward to welcoming her to Citi,” says Eirik Winter, Nordic Head of Investment Banking and Chairman of Citi in the Nordic region and one of Mikaela’s two mentors.
Mikaela completed her studies in 2016 with a Master of Science degree in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics and a CEMS Master in International Management, and has since worked at the Nordic investment bank ABG Sundal Collier. Her interest in the financial market emerged during a semester studying in Milan where she participated in courses in areas including finance and private equity. Growing up, Mikaela lived in the US and Denmark for several years and has consequently always been attracted to work at an international company.
“The Stockholm School of Economics works actively to provide strong female role models and, ultimately, greater equality in business. Female Economist of the Year is one part of this crucial effort,” says Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics.
The winner of this year’s scholarship was presented on February 6 at a ceremony at the Stockholm School of Economics.