Following graduation from business administration department of Ankara University, Arslan completed his master's degree and Ph.D. in the Faculty of Political Science of Ankara University and worked as a faculty member from 1999 to 2012.
Arslan has been delivering commentaries on the economic and political agenda on financial broadcasts and newspapers from 2006 onwards and held advisory posts at Ministry of Industry, Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade and Ministry of Economy from 2009 to 2013. Prior to his assignment at Turkish Exporters Assembly, Arslan was in charge of the General Directorate for Economic Research and Evaluation at the Ministry of Economy.
Arslan is fluent in English and French and carried out research at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium and Université Paris Dauphine in France. Halil Bader Arslan has numerous articles published in national and international journals and newspapers, as well as books which he wrote, made contributions to and translated.