Sebnem Akkaya is the World Bank’s Program Coordinator GPVP Strategy and Operations.
In 2010-2014, Sebnem was the Country Manager for Kazakhstan, where she moved after serving as a Lead Economist for several countries in the Social and Economic Development Group of Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region during 2006-2010.
Prior to this, her work focused on transition economies in the Western Balkans and Central Asia in Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group of Europe and Central Asia region.
She has extensive experience in economic policy formulation and has written about a variety of issues, including economic growth and poverty, trade, public finance, and provision of social services.
Before joining the World Bank in 1989, Akkaya served as a researcher at the Statistical, Economic Social Research and Training Center based in Ankara, Turkey.
Sebnem has a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Economics from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and also studied at Bilkent University.