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Murat Ucer, Turkey
Former Advisor, Economy Ministry and Central Bank

Murat Ucer is one of Turkey’s premier macroeconomists. In a career spanning government, private sector and multilateral advisory work, he has delved into every aspect of Turkey’s domestic and external economy, and is a leading authority on the country’s fiscal, banking sector and external dynamics.

Dr. Ucer is a member of Globalsource Partners’ local team in Istanbul and an independent consultant to financial institutions on Turkey’s macro and politics. He is also a professor at Koc University, where he teaches executive macro courses and specializes in emerging markets macroeconomics. He is a co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics, as well as a co-founder of the Turkey Data Monitor. He frequently contributes to journals such as the Financial Times and Euromoney.

As an advisor to the Minister of Economy at the Turkish Treasury, he assisted in the formulation of economic policy at a crucial time in the country’s economic history, providing advice on macroeconomic policy and helping to structure the presentation of the country’s economic program to the international community. Prior to that, he was an advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, consulting on key issues such as the country’s stabilization program. Dr. Ucer has a deep understanding of investors’ analytical needs, having also served as Senior Economist at Credit Suisse in Istanbul and as an advisor to the General Manager at Yapi Kredi Bank. He began his career as an economist with the IMF, focused on the design and monitoring of IMF programs, and has also served as Senior Economist at the Institute of International Finance.

Dr. Ucer holds a Ph.D. in economics from Boston College and a B.A. in economics from Bogazici University. His many articles in academic journals include papers on the effects of macroeconomic stability on growth, savings and investment, inflation and fiscal deficits, fiscal imbalances, capital inflows and the real exchange rate, and contagion and macro-economic policy. He recently completed an in-depth study on the Turkish financial crisis of 2000-01.