Gulden is a development economist with twelve years of experience in economic appraisals (including cost benefit analyses), value for money (VfM) analyses and VfM framework design. She has worked for government departments and major development partners including FCDO, the World Bank, European Union and USAID. Gulden has extensive experience of working in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria and Ethiopia as a VfM Advisor, on large scale infrastructure and urban development programmes as well private sector development programmes funded by FCDO. She was also a VfM Advisor for the £560m Humanitarian portfolio of FCDO South Sudan, assisting the implementing partners with setting up VfM frameworks and conducting VfM assessments.
Gulden has an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA (first class hns) from International Studies at Ankara University.