Dr. Tugrul Temel runs an economic research and consulting firm (ECOREC) since 2012, providing evidence-based economic policy advice to national governments, as well as international development organizations through internationally funded economic development projects. Sustainable Development Framework of the United Nations is adopted as the general approach to research-based economic advise, while Applied General Equilibrium modeling and economic network analysis, among others, represent the policy diagnostic tools employed in the design of economic policy advice. His applied policy research informs decision makers on the formulation of innovation and competition policies, agricultural and food and nutrition security policies, and policies aimed at growth and poverty reduction.

Prior to 2012, he worked as senior research fellow at Development Research Institute of Tilburg University in The Netherlands (2007-2012). He has also worked at various international/national organizations and universities, where he gained substantial experience in applied policy research, research management, and teaching and supervising in economic research. In his career to date, he has acquired a large number of projects from FAO, WHO, IFAD, UNDP, IMF, the World Bank, the European Union, the European Commission, and as part of these projects he carried out capacity building activities in the countries of Central-West Asia, the Caucasus, sub-Saharan Africa, and Middle East-North Africa. Dr. Temel has taught at University of Minnesota, Rutgers University, Wageningen University among others in areas including institutional change, innovation systems, economic growth, economic development and quantitative methods. He has widely published in journals and books, acted as a guest editor in professional journals, organized workshops for high-level policy makers. He has a good command of several languages, including Turkish (mother tongue), English (excellent), Dutch (good), and Japanese (good).