Kemal Derviş

Kemal Derviş, a former Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey, was Head of the United Nations Development Program until February 2009.

Kemal Derviş has been the Head of the United Nations Development Programme, the UN's global development network, from August 2005 to February 2009. Prior to his appointment with UNDP, Kemal Derviş was a member of the Turkish Parliament and, in 2001-2002, Minister for Economic Affairs and the Treasury of the Republic of Turkey. He was responsible for Turkey's recovery programme after the devastating financial crisis that hit the country in February 2001. Kemal Derviş earned his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the London School of Economics, and his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

He taught economics at the Middle East Technical University and Princeton University in 1974-1978. He then joined the World Bank, where he held various positions - becoming a Vice-President in 1996 - before taking up his cabinet position in Turkey in 2001. Kemal Derviş has published several books and many articles in academic journals as well as current affairs publications, on topics ranging from mathematical models of growth and social mobility to international trade, European enlargement and transatlantic relations. A recent book entitled A Better Globalization : Legitimacy, Governance and Reform was published by the Brookings Press ( 2005 ) and deals with the current debates on global governance.

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