Keynote Speakers

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Dr. Angelino Viceisza (pronounced: Vee-Say-Za) is an Associate Professor of Economics at Spelman College and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

His research examines the microeconomics of poverty and wealth creation, particularly in developing countries. He has written papers on (1) the living conditions of the poor; (2) financial decision-making; and (3) entrepreneurship and innovation as pathways out of poverty. This work has taken place in Ethiopia, Peru´, Senegal, the United States, and Vietnam among others. 

Dr. Viceisza’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Economic InquiryExperimental EconomicsJournal of Development EconomicsJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Small Business Economics. This work has been supported by agencies such as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Kauffman Foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Sloan Foundation, USAID, the US Department of Education, and the World Bank.

During the 2015-16 academic year, Dr. Viceisza visited the Economics Department at Duke University and in 2014, he visited the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as a Fellow of the American Economic Association (AEA). From 2013-16, Dr. Viceisza was a Fellow of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE) which is primarily coordinated by the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke University. He currently serves on the Board of the National Economic Association (formerly, the Caucus of Black Economists) and is a member of the AEA’s Task Force charged with improving outreach to students from underrepresented groups at the high school and undergraduate levels. 

Dr. Viceisza obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University. He also holds two Masters in economics, one from Georgia State and one from Boston University; an MBA in international business from Temple University; and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of the Netherlands Antilles (now, University of Cura¸cao). 

He is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento, and is very basic in French. 

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Shekinah Fashaw is a third-year doctoral student in health services research at Brown University with research interests in racial- ethnic- disparities, and long-term care for older adults. She serves as a researcher on several individual and collaborative research projects and papers within and beyond the Brown community. Shekinah is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she received her Bachelors in 2015, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was conferred a Master’s in Health Policy and Management in 2017. Shekinah is an active member of the Brown University community. She is proud to serve as the president of the Samuel M. Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association, the Chair of Student Life for the Graduate Student Council, and a Co-Coordinator for the Graduate Students of Color Orientation. Shekinah is also highly involved with AcademyHealth, a national organization for health service and health policy researchers. She was recently selected to serve on the AcademyHealth Board of Directors as a student member.

Shekinah is a passionate scholar who is always hoping to share knowledge beyond the ivory tower. Shekinah is a 3-MinuteThesis competition winner, has served as a plenary conference speaker, and has had multiple poster presentations, but what she is most proud of is what she has been able to accomplish outside of academia. When not caught up in the world of academia, Shekinah is an author, youth pastor, young adults’ empowerment conference host, and entrepreneur. Shekinah strongly believes that there is power within each and every one of us to do “exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can imagine.” And since she believes it, she lives by it and wants others to do the same.