Kemal Dervis

Vice President & Director of Global Economy & Development at The Brookings Institution.


Kemal Dervis is vice president and director of Global Economy and Development at The Brookings Institution. Formerly 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. Dervis discusses at length the topics of globalization, economic performance, social progress and the EU.

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About Kemal Dervis


  • Designed the successful 2011 economic recovery plan for Turkey
  • Prior to career with the Turkish parliament, he held various positions at the World Bank over a career span of 22 years, including Division Chief for Industrial and Trade Strategy and Vice-President for the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Has been honoured with the Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon, and the Order of Civil Merit, Grand Cross, from Japan and Spain respectively. Japan cited the reason for this honour was due to "contributed to mainstreaming Japan's development assistance policy through the United Nations."
  • Senior Advisor, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University
  • Fluent in English, French, German and Turkish for speaking engagements
  • Member of various advisory boards:
  • Akbank (Chair),
  • Institut du Bosphore (Co-chair),
  • Abengoa,
  • Institut de Prospective Economique du Monde Mditerranen (IPEMED),
  • Center for Global Development,
  • Office Chrifien des Phosphates,
  • La Caixa Bank,
  • Guggenheim International

Speaking Topics


  • A Better Globalization (2005)
  • Industrial and Trade Strategies
  • Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress
  • Turkey and the EU
  • Recovery from the Crisis and Contemporary Social Democracy (2006)
  • The transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (The evolving role of the World Bank) (1994)
  • General Equilibrium Models for Development Policy (1982)
  • Policy Analysis of Shadow Pricing, Foreign Borrowing, and Resource Extraction in Egypt (1984)
  • The Macroeconomics of Successful Development: What Are The Lessons? (1987)
  • Hungary - Partial Successes and Remaining Challenges: The Emergence of a "Gradualist" Success Story? (1994)

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  • General Equilibrium Models for Development Policy
  • A Better Globalization

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