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Samantha Kappagoda was honored by the Girl Scouts as a STEM Woman of Distinction

Samantha Kappagoda was honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York at their 21st Annual Women of Distinction (WOD) Awards event on October 29th, 2013 at Cipriani in New York City. The Women of Distinction honorees were selected for their outstanding achievement and leadership, serving as role models for young women and girls, and advancing the Girl Scouts’ mission of building girls with courage, confidence and character.  Ms. Kappagoda was particularly selected for her activities in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) during the course of her career.

Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist and co-founder of Risk Economics, Inc., a New York City based advisory firm that provides advisory services and research and development of rigorous analytics applied to large-scale, real-world modeling and surveillance for geopolitics and socioeconomics involving population, demographics and macroeconomics. Ms. Kappagoda’s areas of expertise include econometric time-series and longitudinal analyses of consumer behavior, labor supply, wealth and income distribution, housing, population and immigration, political risk and international trade, resource allocation, environment, health, aging and retirement, as well as currency, commodity and capital markets activity. Ms. Kappagoda is also co-lead investigator at the RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University (NYU).

Previously, she was Senior Economist at Caxton Associates LP, a hedge fund established in 1983, investing in global fixed income, currencies, commodities and equities. She was a key member of Caxton Global, the firm’s flagship global macro fund, which, at its peak, had approximately $12 billion of assets under management. Her macroeconomic and demographic analytics and development of proprietary econometric models of markets and the global economy guided the firm’s senior decision makers during her thirteen year tenure there.

For additional details regarding the Women of Distinction Award, please visit the Girl Scouts website.

October 30th 2013, New York, NY

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