Ilian was appointed Dean of INSEAD on October 1, 2013, having held the position of Interim Dean since March 1, 2013.
Since 2011, he has served as Deputy Dean for Faculty and Research responsible for the recruitment of new faculty, as well as for the development of over 140 professors at INSEAD. He also oversees the PhD programme at INSEAD (directed by Professor Tim van Zandt) and the Research and Development committee (chaired by Professor Ziv Carmon).
Ilian joined the INSEAD economics area in 1996. He has taught macroeconomics and econometrics in the MBA, EMBA, PhD and many executive education programs 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 has 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 has given interviews for BBC, CNBC Asia, Agence France Press, Dow Jones Newswire and many other newspapers and magazines. Ilian 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.