Ayla Olesen Yurtaslan

Ayla Olesen Yurtaslan


Ayla holds an interdisciplinary M.Sc. degree in Global Development, and has experience carrying out consultancies covering the full project cycle from formulations and appraisals to reviews and evaluations. She has worked as a consultant for a wide range of development and humanitarian actors ranging from bilateral donors such as DANIDA, SIDA, and Global Affairs Canada, to the World Bank, and large INGOs such as Danish Refugee Council and ActionAid. Drawing on experience from the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Ayla is well-versed in human rights-based programming, and has experience with the thematic areas of governance, fragility and state-building, forced displacement and protection, as well as gender and youth-targeted programming. Ayla has solid experience with qualitative research and data collection, as well as processing large quantities of data, and as a native English speaker, she has excellent report drafting skills.


  • B.A. in Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia
  • M.Sc. in Global Development from Copenhagen University


Thematic Experience

  • Governance & Human Rights
  • Conflict, Fragility, and Peacebuilding
  • Forced displacement
  • Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus
  • Gender & Youth 


Country Experience

  • Asia: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh
  • Middle East and North Africa: Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon
  • Africa: Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia



  • Danish (native)
  • English (native)
  • French (proficient)