Topics: Development Policy
International Relations
Regional focus: Europe
Middle East and North Africa
Origin: Turkey
Fellowship: Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow

Kemal Derviş is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC. He was Vice President and Director of the program from April 2009 to November 2017.

He was Executive Head of the UNDP; member of the Turkish Parliament, representing his native city of Istanbul; 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. In 2003, he was a member of the Convention for the Future of Europe, meeting in Brussels representing Turkey’s parliamentary opposition, the CHP. He has also been a Vice President of the World Bank.

Kemal Derviş earned his Bachelor’s (First Class Honours) and Master’s Degrees (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and his Ph.D. in economics 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 affairs, global governance and climate change. Recent books include "Inequality in America: Facts, Trends, and International Perspectives" (2012) co-written with Uri Dadush and others, and "A Better Globalization: Legitimacy, Governance and Reform" (2005). Two further books, "Europe’s Crisis, Europe’s Future" (2014) co-edited with Jacques Mistral and "G20 at Five: Time for Strategic Leadership" (2014) co-edited with Peter Drysdale, were published by the Brookings Press in 2014. "Reflections of Progress" (2016) is forthcoming in 2016. Kemal Derviş has a monthly column published in many languages in newspapers around the world.


Last updated: 2018