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Kemal Dervis

Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development

Kemal Derviş is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, and the Edward M. Bernstein Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He was Vice President and Director of the program from April 2009 to November 2017. Kemal focuses on global economics, emerging markets, European issues, development, and international institutions.

"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 Master's degrees in economics from the LSE and his Ph.D. from Princeton. Kemal Derviş started teaching economics at the Middle East Technical University in 1974 and has since taught several years at Princeton University in the 1970s and as an adjunct professor at Columbia University from 2009-2015. As a member of the Turkish Parliament, he was a member of the Convention for the European Constitution from 2003-2004. Kemal was also formerly head of the United Nations Development Programme and Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey. He has and continues to be a member of various advisory boards, notably at Sabanci University.

What he offers you

Kemal draws on his many years' international experience at the World Bank, the United Nations and in Turkish Government to speak on issues connected with globalisation, economics and current affairs.

How he presents

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

Books and publications

  • 2016
    Reflections on Progress
  • 2014
    Europe's Crisis, Europe's Future
  • 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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