Ömer Gökçekuş, who was born in 1964 in Gönyeli, completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Gönyeli Primary School and Türk Maarif College in Cyprus. In 1986 he got his degree and in 1988 he got his master’s degree in economics from Middle East Technical University. He received his PhD in economics in 1994 from Duke University, USA.
In his academic career, he worked as a research associate in Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, as an Assistant Professor in North Carolina Central University, School of Business, as an Associate Professor Dr. in Seton Hall University, International Relations and Diplomacy School and as a guest professor in Duke, Münster, Bratislava Economics and Cyprus universities.
He has numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals on foreign trade and finance, economic development, political economy, organisational architecture, governance, fraud and economy of wine. He contributed to the different issues of International Transparency Annual Fraud Report on public sector governance and political patronage, gender and fraud and assets declaration law and fraud. He has written many books including “The cost of the economic isolation of the Turkish Cypriots” and “Fraud Dynamics”.
As well as his academic studies, Ömer Gökçekuş has also contributed to various institutions and projects. For instance, between 1999- 2008, he was a consultant of the World Bank in public sector reform projects in sixteen countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Indonesia and six Eastern Caribbean countries and in 2007, he was a consultant for the YAGA organisation. He was a project manager of Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce’s project titled “Negotiation Process in Federal Cyprus and Turkish Cypriot Economy.”
He is serving as Special Adviser on Economy at the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Presidency.
Ömer Gökçekuş speaks English and is married with two children.