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Kemal Dervis

Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution

Kemal Derviş is Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution, a Washington based global Think-Tank. Formerly he was head of the United Nations Development Programme and Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey, he focuses on global economics, emerging markets, development and international institutions. He has cooperated with the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford and the Centre for Global Development in Washington.

"Kemal Derviþ helped fix the worst economic crisis in Turkey's modern history"

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In detail

Kemal Derviş earned his Bachelor and Masters degrees in economics from the LSE and his Ph.D. from Princeton. In 1977 he joined the World Bank, holding various positions, including Vice-President for the Middle East and North Africa Region. From 2001 to 2002, he was Minister for Economic Affairs and the Treasury of the Republic of Turkey. From 2002 to 2005 he represented the Turkish Parliament in the Constitutional Convention on the Future of Europe and was a member of the joint commission of the Turkish and European Parliaments. Since 2009 he is adjunct professor for global economic governance at Columbia University.

What he offers you

Having been an active participant in various European and international networks including the Global Progressive Forum and the Progressive Governance Network, Kemal Derviş gained international attention from his part in the admirable recovery of Turkey, when his relations with international lenders proved invaluable. He is ideally positioned to provide decision makers with the knowledge they require.

How he presents

Hailed as the saviour of the economy, Kemal Derviş is a powerful speaker who knows his own mind. His presentations are very much in demand at prestigious events and delivered in his captivating, assertive and impressive style.


He presents in English, German, French and Turkish.

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Speaking topics

  • World Economy
  • Global Development and Governance
  • The Global Financial Crisis
  • Emerging Markets
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • The Arab Awakening and Middle East Unrest

Books and publications

  • 2010
    Asia and Policymaking for the Global Economy
  • 2009
    The Global Economic Crisis and Potential Implications for Foreign Policy and National Security
  • 2007
    Devastating for the World's Poor: Climate Change Threatens the Development Gains Already Achieved
  • 2005
    A Better Globalization: Legitimacy, Governance, and Reform
  • 2004
    The Eurpoean Transformation of Modern Turkey

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