Ilyas is the Country Economist of the World Bank in Papua New Guinea (PNG), based in Port Moresby. Ilyas joined the PNG team in mid-2018. He covers macro-fiscal policy dialogue with the government and the Bank of Papua New Guinea.
Ilyas leads an economic team producing semi-annual PNG Economic Updates and preparing policy-based lending to the government of PNG. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2003, Ilyas worked as a fiscal economist in Kazakhstan, as part of the Fiscal Reform Project operated by KPMG/BearingPoint.