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Ilker Ersegun Kayhan

Ilker Ersegun Kayhan

New World AsiaGlobal Fellow

Operations Team Lead (Economic & Social Infrastructure)

Islamic Development Bank

Türkiye

About Ilker Ersegun Kayhan

Ilker Ersegun Kayhan leads the appraisals and implementation of the active development projects in Suriname and Guyana, which are the Member Countries of the Islamic Development Bank in South America. In the same institution, he also worked as Lead Evaluation Specialist who undertook four Country Assistance Evaluations on Bangladesh, Iran, Azerbaijan and Bahrain, and served as Country Manager for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Earlier in his career, Ilker worked at the World Bank, Central Bank of Türkiye and Citibank. All those experiences availed him with the perspectives of a seasoned banker, a prudent regulator, and a passionate development practitioner.

Ilker holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bilkent University and a master’s degree in public administration/international development from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Joint Japanese/World Bank Graduate Scholarship. He also holds a doctor of philosophy in finance from Eastern Mediterranean University. He also completed the high impact leadership program at the Columbia Business School.

Ilker is a meticulous global development banker who aspires to contribute to the sustainable growth of emerging countries through business development and the implementation of effective projects in economic and social infrastructure. His academic orientation is mostly in economics and finance, particularly project financing. He is an articulate author as proven by his publications. Ilker was also a Chevening Research Fellow at Oxford University, where he published numerous academic papers and one book chapter on managing fiscal risks of PPP projects and on determining socially equitable government guarantees.

His research as an AsiaGlobal Fellow will look into contingent liabilities (government guarantees) in PPP projects in Indonesia, preferably in the transportation sector (toll-road projects), and potentially compare the case of Türkiye versus Indonesia, to exemplify the policy implications.

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