Sebnem Akkaya is the World Bank’s Country Manager for the Republic of Kazakhstan. She provides leadership on the overall policy reform agenda for the country, including managing the delivery of the Joint Economic Research Program and overseeing the quality and delivery of the work program.
Sebnem joined the team in Astana in mid-2010, 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.