Isilay Aktas

Operations & Business Development Consultant

Isilay joined GPG in June 2018 as Operations and Business Development Manager. Since 2019 she has been supporting GPG’s operations, business systems and business development initiatives on a part-time basis.

Isilay has over ten years’ experience in the field of international development. She worked with the European Investment Bank, and some consultancy companies 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 the European Commission, Swedish International Development Agency, African Union Commission, World Bank, and FCDO.


Before joining GPG, Isilay was International Projects Manager at Public Administration International (PAI), a London-based consultancy and training provider. Apart from managing projects of various sizes (including multi-million projects), she also led the development of a workshop and a coaching programme for PAI and contributed to different business development initiatives.

Isilay holds a Masters’ Degree in Human Resource Development and Consultancy from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is fluent in English and Turkish and speaks intermediate Spanish.