Wimbledon Economist Awarded Top Scholarship For Women

Victoria is one of four Lloyds Scholars

Economist Victoria Cunningham, from Wimbledon, has been selected as one of four women on the Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarships for Women Programme.

Victoria, aged 33, has been accepted onto London Business School's two year full-time MBA programme for its 2015 intake, with graduation due in 2017.

She has spent ten years as an economist, currently working as a Senior Economist for the World Bank, Tanzania, where she leads the delivery of Tanzania’s public expenditure review.

Based in Tanzania she has provided technical expertise to the Tanzanian Government on macroeconomics, budget support and public financial management PFM.

Victoria's career has seen her work as an economic adviser for the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) in their Zambia and London offices. She also worked as a senior economist in the Ministry of Finance in Guyana. She was awarded the St Hilda's College, Oxford University Economics Prize when studying for her undergraduate degree.

Victoria said: "I have been considering studying an MBA for a while now in order to develop my management skills and build a strong and diverse network of contacts. The Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarship for Women enables me to focus on my studies without financial concern, gain additional experiences and join a unique peer group who will be future leaders in business."

The Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarships for Women, funded by Lloyds Banking Group and delivered in partnership with London Business School, is providing Victoria with a £30,000 scholarship. The programme was launched in 2014 to encourage women to pursue post-graduate management education following research that indicated that the main barrier to their participation was access to finance.

As part of its vision to help Britain prosper and better represent the diversity of its customer base and communities, Lloyds Banking Group aims to encourage more women to study for MBA qualifications to increase the number of women who become business leaders. One of the commitments made as part of the Group's Helping Britain Prosper Plan is to have 40% of its senior roles held by women by 2020.

Damian Leeson, Director, Responsible Business, Lloyds Banking Group said: "As part of our Group’s mission to help Britain prosper we are proud to welcome Victoria to the 2015-17 cohort of the Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarships for Women programme. I look forward to hearing about her progress on the MBA and as the next generation of female business leaders."

October 1, 2015

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