Economist, Politician, and academic
Growth and productivity
European economic trends
Washington D.C., USA
A respected economist and politician, Kemal Derviş is currently a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, and Edward M. Bernstein Scholar, at the Brooking’s Institution. Kemal’s research interests focus on global economics, international institutions, development, and emerging markets.
Kemal has considerable experience in both Turkish domestic politics, and international politics upon the world stage. For many years he was Executive Head of the United Nations Development Programme, and also Chair of the United Nations Development Group. On the domestic front he served as Minister of Economic Affairs and the Treasury of Turkey, where he was responsible for spearheading Turkey’s successful recovery from a disastrous financial crisis. Kemal was also a member of the Turkish Parliament for several years, representing his native city of Istanbul.
Kemal’s political experience is supported by his tenure in the financial sector. His 22-year career at the World Bank saw him oversee a number of global initiatives, including the transition of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the reconstruction of Bosnia. He was appointed Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa in 1996, and Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management in 2000.
Before joining the World Bank, Kemal spent many years teaching economics, first at the Middle-East Technical University, and then Princeton and later Columbia. His articles have been published in numerous journals, and he has co-written and edited several books, including 2005’s A Better Globalization: Legitimacy, Governance, and Reform.
An experienced politician, academic, and economist, Kemal Derviş has dramatically impacted the financial and economic landscapes of the Middle East and Eastern Europe. His ideas are invaluable to any business concerned with staying competitive in a globalised economic marketplace.