As executive secretary, Yilmazkuday is responsible for the society’s web communications, organizing officer elections, and planning and executing the IEFS Sessions at the 2014 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) annual meeting in Philadelphia, Penn.
“To be actively involved in a professional society like this one is personally and professionally rewarding,” Yilmazkuday said. “The community of international economists is very close-knit, so a big part of my job will be to bring people together. Our students will benefit from presenting at major conferences and having access to well-regarded faculty from around the world who will be their colleagues in the future.”
Yilmazkuday’s appointment will run until 2015.
The IEFS is an international organization of academic and professional economists with general interest in international economics, trade and finance. It is an associate member of the ASSA. The IEFS has more than 160 members worldwide with regional groupings in Europe, Japan, the U.S. and Hong Kong.
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Yilmazkuday earned a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He joined the FIU faculty in 2011. In addition to teaching, he also serves as a contributing partner at Vanderbilt’s Centers for International Price Research, a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank’s Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, and as a visiting scholar with the International Monetary Fund. Yilmazkuday’s research and teaching fields include international trade, macroeconomics, monetary economics, and regional economics and growth.