Data Team

Baris Soybilgen 

Data Analyst Baris Soybilgen holds a MA and a Ph.D. in Economics and completed his BSc in Systems Engineering. His professional interests include time series econometrics and machine learning algorithms, especially their applications to macroeconomic, financial, and demand forecasting. Before joining GLD, Baris previously worked at Bahcesehir University Center for Economic and Social Research, Bilgi University, and the Center for Financial Studies. 


Erica Metheney

Erica is GLD's statistician and head of GLD Data. She holds a Ph.D. in Statistics at Texas A&M University, and her professional interests include data and network analysis. As Head of the Data Team, Erica oversees all data-related tasks at GLD and develops solutions to increase efficiency. As GLD’s Statistician, she provides feedback on analyses, explores new analysis methods, and helps develop analysis plans. 



Samuel Wakuma 

Samuel Tafesse Wakuma is a Data Analyst at GLD. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Management from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He is interested in experimental and survey analysis methods applied to developmental issues. His role at GLD includes the development /implementation of analysis plans, exploring new analysis methods, and assisting in the interpretation of results. Prior to joining GLD Samuel worked at the Environment for Development(EfD), School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.