Bio & CV

You can find my full CV here.

In September 2019 I started working as a postdoc at VATT Insitute for Economic Research. I obtained my PhD from KU Leuven, where I studied under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jozef Konins at the Research Center for Regional Economics and contributed to the Policy Research Center Entrepreneurship and Economics. My research interests relate to public economics, regional and urban economics and applied micro in general. I am particularly interested in how public policy affects or reacts to the uneven spread of economic activity across space, at different levels of government.

My higher education experience began with multidisciplinary studies in business economics, completed at KU Leuven. Through a minor in economics, I developed an interested in studying the interaction between government and business, which I cultivated during  studies abroad at UBC, a professional program in Washington D.C. and an internship at the Embassy of Canada to the United States. This inspired me to pursue further studies in economics and ultimately a PhD, which in turn provided plenty of opportunities to hone my skills in policy evaluation and to improve my knowledge of public and regional economics. Aside from my research activities, I am also involved with Academics for Development as a group executive board member and former coach.

Education

 
2014-2019: PhD in Economics, KU Leuven
2014-2015: MPhil Advanced Studies in Economics, KU Leuven
2012-2014: MSc in Economics, KU Leuven
  • The Washington Center (Fall 2012)
2009-2012: BSc in Business Economics, KU Leuven
  • University of British Columbia (Fall 2011)
  • IESEG (Fall 2010)
  • Furman University (Summer 2010)

Research Visits

 
Winter 2019: Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics, JIBS
Fall 2018: Barcelona Institute for Economics, UB
Summer 2018: Johannes Keppler University Linz

Presentations

 
2020:
  • 76th Annual Congress of the IIPF
  • ZEW Public Finance Conference 2020
  • Workshop on Public Policies: Inequality of opportunity
2019:
  • 14th Meeting of the Urban Economics Association
  • Sixth Annual MaTax Conference
  • 59th ERSA Congress
  • CEnSE seminar
  • VATT seminar
  • Annual GfR Winter Seminar
2018:
  • DG COMP evaluation workshop 2018
  • IEB seminar
  • Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation (COMPIE) 2018
  • European Regional Science Association Conference 2018
2017:
  • Public Policies, Cities and Regions Workshop (GATE, Lyon)
  • JRC Competence Centre on Microeconometric Evaluation seminar
  • 2017 Barcelona Workshop on Regional and Urban Economics (AQR, Barcelona)