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U.N. development chief to speak, March 27

Kemal Dervis, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, will speak on "Markets, Networks and Governments: Issues in the Debate on Global Governance" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Dervis became head of the U.N.'s global development network in August 2005. He also chairs the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all U.N. funds, programs and departments working on development issues.

Prior to his U.N. appointment, Dervis was a member of the Turkish Parliament representing Istanbul from November 2002 to June 2005. From March 2001 to August 2002, Dervis was Turkey's minister for economic affairs and the treasury, responsible for leading the recovery from a financial crisis that hit the country in February 2001.

Dervis earned a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton in 1973. He served on the faculty at the Middle East Technical University and at Princeton until 1977 before joining the World Bank, where he worked until he returned to Turkey in 2001.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as part of a series of events celebrating the school's 75th anniversary. 

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