Global Indicators Group Development Economics, World Bank Group
Hulya Ulku is a Senior Economist in the Doing Business Unit of the Global Indicators Group, World Bank Group.
Prior to joining the Unit in March 2013, she worked as a Lecturer in Development Economics at the University of Manchester for nine years, where she directed the Development Economics and Policy Master’s Program and taught International Trade and Macroeconomics courses to graduate students. Hulya has published extensively on innovation and economic growth in developing and developed countries, and developmental potentials of remittances and international aid. Her main research interest focuses on the determinants of innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries and their impact on economic development.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Finance from Gazi University, two Master’s Degrees in Economics and International Economics from Northeastern and Brandeis Universities, and a Ph.D. Degree in Economics from Brandeis University.
Private Sector Development Specialist
Global Indicators Group, Development Economics, World Bank Group
Valentina Saltane is a private sector development specialist at the Doing Business project in the World Bank Group, where she leads the research team for the trading across borders indicators and is a coauthor of the Doing Business 2011-15 reports. In addition, she manages parts of the data analysis function. Doing Business publications cover global trends in business regulation over time and in the context of the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Ms. Saltane has also coauthored three Access to Finance reports.
Before joining the World Bank Group in 2006, Ms. Saltane held the position of research analyst at the Law and Economic Consulting Group (LECG). She has also worked for the World Resources Institute as a program coordinator.
Ms. Saltane has presented report findings to the governments of Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, and Thailand. She has lived and worked in Argentina, Bolivia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, and the United States. Ms. Saltane speaks Latvian, Russian, and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.
Ms. Saltane holds a master of public administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), Cornell University.