Research Fellows


Burcu Esmer

Burcu Esmer is a research fellow at Harris Family Alternative Investments Program and a faculty member at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Esmer earned her BSc in Economics and Minor in Mathematics from the Middle East Technical University (Turkiye), her MA in Economics and PhD in Finance from the University of Iowa. Dr. Esmer’s primary areas of research are empirical corporate finance, banking and private equity. She investigates agency conflicts, and their impact on corporate policies.

Anastasia Kartasheva

Anastasia Kartasheva is the Senior Fellow at the Harris Family Alternative Investments Program. Previously Dr Kartasheva was the Economic Adviser at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and an Economist at the Bank for International Settlements where she contributed to the international financial regulation policy work on financial stability and macroprudential issues. In this capacity, she coordinated the working group on cross-sectoral issues of systemic risk assessment of banks and insurers joint with the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision and participated in the Financial Stability Board working groups on the assessment of G20 post-crisis reforms. Dr. Kartasheva research interests are in the areas of financial intermediation, regulation of financial institutions, financial stability and systemic risk. Prior to joining BIS in 2012, Dr. Kartasheva was an Assistant Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kartasheva holds a PhD in economics from the University of Toulouse.

Dan Zilberman

Dan Zilberman leads Warburg Pincus’ Special Situations activities globally, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Management Group and Investment Management Group. Previously, he led firm’s European investment activities and also co-founded the firm’s Financial Services group. Mr. Zilberman joined Warburg Pincus in 2005. Mr. Zilberman currently sits on the Boards of Max (formerly Leumi Card) and McGill & Partners. Previously Mr. Zilberman sat on the Boards of a number of flagship investments including Aeolus Re, AION, Avaloq Group, Network International, Primerica Inc., The Mutual Fund Store, Reiss, Santander Consumer USA, Santander Asset Management, Sterling Financial (observer), and Singular Bank. Mr. Zilberman is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is on the President’s Council at Tufts University. Mr. Zilberman previously worked at Evercore Capital Partners and Lehman Brothers. He received a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.