Yilmaz Akkoyun is a policy advisor to Steffen Bilger, German Federal Parliament member and State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Yilmaz has more than five years of work experience in the German government, its parliament and international organizations. As a Julius Blocker Scholar, he graduated within the Global Public Policy Network’s dual degree program from Columbia University with a master’s degree in public administration specializing in advanced policy and economic analysis, as well as a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Before joining the office of Mr. Bilger, Yilmaz worked as a graduate consultant for the United Nations Capital Development Fund in New York City and Kampala. Before and during his studies in Berlin, he worked at the German Federal Foreign Office in the German foreign service. As a certified SDG professional, he is passionate about cross-sector collaborations and digital infrastructure policy.