Ilian was apppointed Dean of INSEAD in 2013 before which he was Deputy Dean for Faculty and Research.
Ilian joined the INSEAD economics area in 1996. He has taught macroeconomics and econometrics in the MBA, EMBA, PhD and many executive education programmes as well as in the Global Leadership Fellows Program of the World Economic Forum. He has been nominated several times as one of the best teachers in the MBA and EMBA programs and he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
His research is on topics related to monetary policy, fiscal policy and economic growth. He is also a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London, UK). He was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Banque de France's Research Foundation (2002-2010) and of the Advisory Board of the Bulgarian National Bank. In 2010/11 and 2011/12 he served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fiscal Crises
Ilian’s papers have appeared in many academic journals including the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is a regular keynote speaker, lecturer and panellist at events organised by PwC, WEF, KPMG, Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg, Swiss Re, Alstom, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and other companies.
He holds a PhD degree from Princeton University and a B.S. in business administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina where, in 2006, he was recognised as a Distinguished Young Alumnus.