Muharrem Cevher

Country: Turkey
Sector: Government
Job title: Treasury and Finance Counsellor
Subject of study: Economics
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Taught

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur 

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

After graduation with MSc Economics, I returned to my job at Turkish Treasury. I continued to work at DG Economic Programs and Research as a senior economist. I was in charge of following the developments in Turkish financial markets and banking sector. Also, I performed the role of WP1 principal delegate for Türkiye at the OECD. Most recently, I have been appointed to Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur as Economic Counsellor. At the Embassy, I work on enhancing the bilateral economic and financial relations between Türkiye and Malaysia. 

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

My main motivation in choosing this career is to play active role in my country’s macroeconomic policy development toward the ultimate goal of raising the citizens’ living standards. It is quite prideful to see that the economic policies and measures in which I put effort are in practice to serve the country’s needs. That’s what I enjoy most about my work. 

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The programme completely met my expectations. The curriculum was very well-designed; and the course contents were intense and up-to-date. My biggest highlight about the programme would be the excellent academic staff. The lecturers were very well-qualified and helpful. They made great contribution to my study experience at the University of Exeter.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I enjoyed the campus very much during my time in Exeter. The university has a very lovely campus. The facilities are perfect. 

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose to study at Exeter because the University of Exeter has a very good reputation in Türkiye, especially in the field of economics. Our former President, Abdullah Gul; our former Treasury Minister, Mehmet Simsek; and our former Finance Minister and Central Bank Governor, Naci Agbal are all the Exeter University alumni. 

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Macroeconomic analysis techniques that I developed during my study at the Exeter University Business School are the most useful equipments that I utilize to perform my tasks as a senior economist at Turkish Treasury. 

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

I recommend the students to follow the recent macroeconomic developments both in the world and in their home country. I urge them to take regular notes on the economic conjuncture with their own analysis; and have a saying about the occurrences. 

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to take a managerial position at Turkish Treasury after I conclude my post as Economic Counsellor at Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.


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