Dr. Khairy Tourk is a professor of Economics at Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his undergraduate degree from Alexandria University, Egypt and his PhD. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a consultant to the World Bank, IMF and Bank Negara in Malaysia and has held teaching and research positions at top universities in Japan such as The University of Tokyo, Nagoya University and Hitotsubashi University.
A long time observer of the world from within, Dr. Tourk’s present focus is economic modernization in Egypt and the political economies of East Asia with an emphasis on the role played by Japan in the industrialization of its neighbors before and after 1945. Dr. Tourk is a member of the Center for East Asian Studies and the Economic Policy and Public Finance group at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Tourk was born in Alexandria, Egypt and credits the varied richness of his surroundings in his formative years as the driving force behind his life-long passion for comparative studies.
Recorded live Sunday, April 28, 2013 at The Stevenson Center on Democracy.