Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development Program - Brookings Institution

Kemal Derviş is Vice President for Global Economics and Development at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University and Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Akbank. He was Executive Head of the UNDP, member of the Turkish Parliament, and Minister for Economic Affairs and the Treasury of the Republic of Turkey, responsible for Turkey’s recovery programme after the devastating financial crisis that hit the country in February 2001. Prior to his tenure as Minister of Economic Affairs, Derviş had a career at the World Bank, where he served as Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa and Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management.

Derviş earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

He has published several books and many articles in academic journals as well as current affairs publications, in English, Turkish, French and German, on topics ranging from mathematical models of economic growth to macro-economic policy, social mobility and income distribution, international trade, European enlargement, global governance and climate change. A Better Globalization was published by Brookings Press for the Center for Global Development in 2005 and focuses on global economic governance issues. Recent books include Europe’s Crisis, Europe’s Future(2014) co-edited with Jacques Mistral and The G-20 Summit at Five: Time for Strategic Leadership (forthcoming, June 2014) co-edited with Peter Drysdale, both published by the Brookings Press. Kemal Derviş has a monthly column published in many languages in newspapers around the world by Project Syndicate.

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