Kemal Derviş is a Member of Sabancı University International Board of Overseers , a Member of the Executive Board at Istanbul Policy Center and Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. Until February 2009, he was the executive head of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues at the country level. In 2001-2002, as Minister of Economic Affairs and the Treasury of Turkey, Derviş was responsible for launching Turkey’s successful recovery from a devastating financial crisis. He also chairs the International Advisory Board of Akbank.
Prior to his tenure as Minister of Economic Affairs, Derviş had a 22-year career at the World Bank, where he served as Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management in 2000 and as Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa in 1996. At the World Bank, he also managed work on the transition of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, trade and financial sector policies in emerging markets, and the reconstruction of Bosnia.
From the end of 2002 until the summer of 2005, Derviş was a member of the Turkish Parliament, representing his native city of Istanbul. During that period Derviş, was one of two Turkish representatives to the Convention of the Future of Europe. Since then, he has participated in various international and European task forces and networks, such as the Global Progressive Forum, the Progressive Governance Network, the Task Force on Global Public Goods, and the Commission on Growth and Development, sponsored by the World Bank.
He has published many articles in academic journals as well as current affairs publications. His most recent co-edited book, entitled Asia and Policymaking for the Global Economy, was published by the Brookings Press in 2011. A book entitled A Better Globalization, focusing on global economic governance issues, was published by Brookings Press for the Center for Global Development in 2005.
Derviş earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He also taught Economics at Princeton and the Middle East Technical University before joining the World Bank. He currently co-teaches a graduate course on Global Economic Governance as an adjunct professor at Columbia University.