Kemal Derviş

İktisatçı, Devlet Adamı, Siyasetçi

10 Ocak, 1949
London School of Economics and Political Science

Politician, statesman and economist. He was born on the 10th of January 1949 in Istanbul. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in England, London School of Economics and Political Science, and his PhD degree in the United States of America, University of Princeton. After giving lectures between 1973-77 in the field of economy in Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) and Princeton University, he started to work in the research department of the World Bank in 1978. In 1982 he was assigned to the Head of Global Industry Department, Industry Strategies and Policies Office and stayed here until 1986. Later he directed Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa Economy Experts. Advancing quickly in his field he was assigned to the Head of Middle and Eastern Europe desks upon the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. He contributed to the transition of these countries into market economy. In the same time he managed World Bank’s and European Union’s “Reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina” program.

Kemal Derviş by the end of 1994 was one of the founder members of “New Democratic Movement” (YDH) led by the businessman Cem Boyner together with Asaf Savaş Akat, Cengiz Çandar, Can Paker, Etyen Mahçupyan, Kemal Anadol, and Mehmet Altan. However after the defeat of YDH in 1995 elections he left this party together with many of its founders and returned to his profession.

He was assigned in 1996 to Vice Presidency of World Bank responsible for Middle Europe and Northern Africa. Derviş who was Vice President of World Bank responsible for Mediterranean and Northern Africa countries was the second Turk who undertook this duty after Atilla Karaosmanoğlu. Later he directed World Bank’s Middle Europe Desk as its Head.

Upon being invited to Turkey in 2001 by Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit he was assigned to the Ministry of Economy on the 3rd of March 2001. He resigned after the decision of elections by the beginning of August 2002.He tried to reconcile New Turkey Party (YTP) and Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the left and intended to include Democratic Left Party (DSP) to this union. However he failed and decided to join CHP. With a ceremony organized on the 23rd of August 2002 he became a CHP member. Derviş was elected as Member of Parliament of Istanbul in the General Elections of 3 November 2002and entered the parliament from the cadre of CHP.

Kemal Derviş later upon the suggestion of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was selected as the head of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) between 15 August 2005 and 15 August 2009 and resigned from his Membership of Parliament on the 9th of May 2005. He is a member of Sabancı University’s International Council Board.


The European Transformation of Modern Turkey Daniel Gros (Çağdaş Türkiye’ninAvrupa Dönüşümü. With Michael Emerson and  Sinan Ülgen, 2004), For a Better Globalism (Daha iyi bir Küreselleşme, 2005), Ekonomi ve Finans, Modern Türkiye 1981-2011 (2006), Kemal Derviş Anlatıyor: Krizden Çıkış ve Çağdaş Sosyal Demokrasi (produced by Serhan Asker – Yusuf Işık, 2006). 


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