Type: Public event

The challenge of multilateralism: Political and economic needs

Date & time

Oct 25, 2006, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Kemal Dervis, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme.

2006 Citigroup Lecture. Co-sponsored with the International Policy Center and the Turkish Studies Colloquium.

Kemal Dervis will give the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's Citigroup Lecture on October 25, 2006. Kemal Dervis was Turkey's Minister for Economic Affairs and the Treasury and is now the head of the United Nations Development Programme, the UN's global development network. He is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues, and was recently appointed as a member of the High Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment.

Prior to his appointment with UNDP, Mr. Dervis was a member of the Turkish Parliament representing Istanbul from 2002 to 2005, after he had been Minister for Economic Affairs and the Treasury from 2001-2002. During his time as a parliamentarian he represented the Turkish Parliament in the Constitutional Convention on the Future of Europe. From 1977-2001 Mr. Dervis held various positions at the World Bank including Vice-President for the Middle East and North Africa Region and Vice-President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management.

Kemal Dervis has been an active participant in various European and international networks and taskforces including the Global Progressive Forum, the Progressive Governance Network, the International Task Force for Global Public Goods and the Commission for Growth and Development set up by the World Bank. He earned his Bachelor and Master's degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. from Princeton University where he wrote his thesis on Computable General Equilibrium Growth Models. He has taught at the Middle East Technical University, and Bilkent and Princeton Universities. He has published many articles in the fields of international trade, macroeconomic policy, economic development and international affairs. His latest book, entitled, 'A Better Globalization: Legitimacy, Governance and Reform' was published by Brookings Press in 2005 for the Center for Global Development.

The public is invited to attend the lecture and the reception that follows. This lecture is made possible by a generous gift from the Citigroup Foundation.