Isilay Aktas

Isilay joined GPG in June 2018 as Operations and Business Development Manager. She provides support and oversight to GPG’s operations, key business systems and its business development processes.

Isilay has over eight years’ experience in international development. She worked with the European Investment Bank, and some consultancies from Turkey, Luxembourg, Denmark and the UK in different capacities such as project manager, framework contract coordinator and consultant. She has hands-on experience in securing and implementing technical assistance projects funded by a wide-range of donor organisations including European Commission, Swedish International Development Agency, African Union Commission, World Bank, DFID and the FCO.

Prior to joining GPG, Isilay was International Projects Manager at Public Administration International (PAI), a London-based consultancy and training provider. Her recent project portfolio included ‘Strengthening policy development and coordination’ in the Prime Minister’s Office of the Republic of Kosovo. She also led the development of a workshop and a coaching programme for PAI and contributed to various business development initiatives.

Isilay holds a Masters’ Degree in Learning and Communication in Multicultural and Multilingual Contexts from the University of Luxembourg. Moreover, thanks to her passion for organisational development, she is currently completing another Masters’ Degree in Human Resource Development and Consultancy at Birkbeck College, London.

Isilay is fluent in English and Turkish and speaks intermediate Spanish.

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