Congratulations to PhD student Wenqian Huang who won the young economists’ competition at the ECB Forum on Central Banking in Sintra, Portugal.

Mario Draghi presenting the winner, Wenqian Huang, with her award.

The ECB Forum on Central Banking is an annual event organised by the European Central Bank. At the ECB Forum a preselected group of PhD students conducting research in the fields of economics or finance were invited to present their key findings in the form of digital posters. A selection committee composed of senior ECB staff and top external academics selected the winning paper/poster. Conference participants were able to contribute to the final selection by rating the posters anonymously online.


President Draghi with the finalists of the ECB Forum young economists’ competition.

Click here to view participating young economists and their paper and poster.

Watch the young economists explain their papers:



Wenqian Huang graduated cum laude from the TI MPhil program in 2012 and is currently a PhD at the Department of Finance at VU Amsterdam under the supervision of Albert Menkveld. Wenqian was a TI job market candidate 2016/2017 and will start as an Economist at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in October.