Mert Yazal is a member of the Big Data team at BBVA Research. He previously worked in Risk Management in GarantiBBVA, where he applied Econometrics to a variety of model validations. He graduated as of January 2020, he has a degree in Economics from Middle East Technical University, METU (Thesis: The relationship between Economic growth and Equity stock in Turkey), where he worked as a teaching assistant for a year. He also worked as a research assistant in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on Blockchain API transactions for 6 months.He is in the BBVA Seed Top Talent Program. He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and Turkish.