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Department of Economics

Serdar Selim Yesildag

  • Graduated: 2011
  • Field: Analyst/Consultant

Sedar Selim Yesildag, who graduated in 2011 with a BA in Economics and a BA in International Relations, is a Monitoring and Evaluation Associate for the United Nations, World Food Programme (WFP) in Ankara, Turkey. While he was a student at Chico State, Serdar was a member of Students for Diplomatic Solutions and the Chico State Model United Nations team.

Upon his graduation, Serdar took a position as a project director at Turkey’s Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency (ISPAT) in Istanbul, where he supported foreign direct investment projects through public private partnerships modality. After almost 3 years at the Prime Ministry, Serdar joined international humanitarian aid sector with the World Food Programme. In his initial role in the Administration unit he “contributed to planning, monitoring and processing administrative actions related to procurement and finance” according to his LinkedIn page.

In 2017, Serdar moved to Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping / Monitoring and Evaluation unit as an associate within WFP where he “analyzed monitoring data and produced periodic reports” in order to evaluate the provision of assistance to over 1.7 million refugees in Turkey via cash transfers.

“For me, the core value of holding an Economics Degree was not limited to specialization in a singular discipline but rather the capacity to investigate, understand and operate mechanics of wide range of diverse areas of life through the conceptual and practical tools I obtained during my studies.” (Last Updated 9/25/20)

Portrait of Serdar Selim Yesildag