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Journalist, Economist, TV Programmer


Who is Atilla Yesilada?

Atilla Yesilada is Turkey’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television networks such as CNBC-E and Turkey’s CEM-TV.

Atilla Yesilada

Atilla Yesilada is currently senior partner of a small and independent think tank called IstanbulAnalytics, with a multinational client portfolio of over 100 fund managers, FDIs and major Turkish corporates. He also advises GlobalSource Partners as Turkey country consultant on economic and political affairs. Yesilada is a regular contributor to international TV broadcasts on finance and economics, as well as Turkish politics, while writing regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial  websites VATAN and He has formerly contributed to financial daily Referans  and liberal daily Radikal. He manages English language website  www.istanbulanalytics.comand used to presents cable channel Cem TV’s popular morning show Wake Up daily, which is recently rated number one among FM listeners. He previously worked as morning show host at Habertürk and CNBC-E.

Mr. Yesilada is also active in the conference circuit, having addressed large audiences in Dubai, New York City, Copenhagen London, İstanbul and several other Turkish cities.

Atilla Yesilada previously served as Research Director for several leading Turkish brokerage firms, including, Global Securities, Eczacibası Securities and Egebank. His specialties are macroeconomics, finance and the banking sector, as well as energy and media. While serving in this capacity, Atilla and his teams received over 20 awards for excellence in research and he was selected to the 1997 All-Europe Research Team of the Institutional Investor Magazine.

Mr. Atilla Yesilada received his BA in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He also holds MA and PhD degrees in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Rennselear Polytechnic University, Troy-New York, respectively. During his studies in the United States, Mr. Yesilada taught economics and finance in various universities. He also held a research fellowship at the New York-based liberal think-tank Jerome Levy Institute, where he specialized on banking crisis.

Mr. Yesilada and his research partner Dr. Murat Ucer currently serve hedge funds, international investment banks, domestic banks and non-financial companies on yearly retainer basis.

Embassies, supra-national institutions and state agencies are also among our regular clients.

In addition to offering economic, market, strategy and political consulting services on a retainer basis, over the last three years, Mr. Atilla Yesilada has either conducted with his team, or co-operated with Dr. Murat Ucer and other experts on the following custom made research projects, among others:

  • A study on the real estate market and the possibility of bubbles in MENA
  • Nabucco Pipeline:  Economic and Political Feasibility Assessment
  • Turkish Electricity Production and Distribution:  Privatization Prospects and Strategy for Entrants
  • Turkish Agro-Industry:  Prospects for Financial Investment Vehicles

Speech Topics

  • Economy
  • Current Affairs
  • Analysis of Daily Affairs