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Keynote Speakers


Prof. Dr. Asaf Savaş Akat

Prof. Dr. Asaf Savas Akat (1943-Ankara) received his Undergraduate degree in Economics in Istanbul University. He received Masters degree in East Anglia University in England. He became a Professor of Economics in 1980 in Istanbul University.

He attended numerous trainings, internships and certificate programs with AFS, AIESEC, OECD and USA scholarships in different countries. He was Rector of Istanbul Bilgi University in 1996-1998. He is currently teaching in the same university. Asaf Savas Akat also assumed important roles in professional life. He acted as Chief Adviser, Board Member and Chairman of many major companies in Turkey. Akat has numerous articles published in newspapers and journals. He has attended many conferences, panels, TV and radio shows as a speaker. He was one of the members of the popular economy program Ekodiyalog (Ecodialogs) on NTV channel.








Prof. Dr. Branko Milanović

Branko Milanović is most known for his work on income distribution and inequality.

Since January 2014, he has been a visiting presidential professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and an affiliated senior scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). He also teaches at the London School of Economics and the Barcelona Institute for International Studies. In 2019, he has been appointed the honorary Maddison Chair at the University of Groningen.

Milanović formerly was a lead economist in the World Bank’s research department, visiting professor at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Between 2003 and 2005 he was senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He remained an adjunct scholar with the Endowment until early 2010. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Belgrade in 1987 on the dissertation on economic inequality in Yugoslavia, using for the first time micro data from Yugoslav household surveys. He published it as a book in 1990.

He has been a visiting scholar at All Souls College in Oxford.





Prof. Dr. Selva Demiralp

Selva Demiralp is a Professor of Economics at Koç University, Director of the Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum, and a Founding Partner at Ethos Economics Consulting. She was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board between 2000 and 2005, after which she joined the Economics department at Koc University. From 2013 to 2019, she wrote weekly articles for Milliyet (one of the major Turkish newspapers). She currently writes for BBC Turkish News. Over the past decade, Demiralp extensively interacted with several central banks, including the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, and the Central Bank of Turkey. She worked as a consultant for the ECB. Demiralp received highly competitive grants for her research on monetary policy, including the European Commission’s International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF) and numerous grants from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). Demiralp’s research has been published in leading economic journals, including The Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking and The Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. Her views on the Turkish economy appear in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, Reuters, and The Associated Press.