Executive Board

Rym Ayadi

EMEA Founder and President

Dr. Rym Ayadi is Professor  of International Finance at HEC Montreal and Director of the International Institute for Cooperatives and leading the International Research Initiative on Cooperative Finance. She is also Senior Research Fellow at the Euro-Mediterranean University in Slovenia.
She is expert member of several high-level expert groups in the European Commission and European regulatory authorities (on banking, insurance and occupational pensions), external advisor to the European Parliament, Mediterranean Assembly of the Mediterranean and the Union for the Mediterranean and invited expert in international organisations.
She is author of several books and scholarly articles and is member of several editorial boards.
She was a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Financial Institutions Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels and scientific director of the Mediterranean Prospects Research Network (MEDPRO). She was also Vice President of the European Financial Inclusion Network (EFIN), a European network that promotes mutual learning on financial inclusion.

Rym holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University Paris Dauphine in Paris.

For more information please visit : www.rymayadi.comwww.rymayadi.info


Carlo Sessa

Board Member and Vice President

Carlo SESSA is Research Director and former President of ISIS – Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems of Rome. Before joining ISIS in 1983, he has conducted research at NYU, where he worked with Nobel Prize winner Wassily Leontieff. He was the Coordinator of several EU research projects, in the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes, in the fields of transport, urban issues and environment. In this context, he organised several participatory foresight exercises, involving panels of experts and citizens.


Pantelis Capros

Board Member

Prof. Pantelis Capros heads the E3MLab of ICCS. He is a Professor of Energy Economics and Operation Research at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens. He has built and used a variety of large-scale mathematical models and has more than 20 years professional experience of consultancy in the domain of energy and economic policy.

For the MEDPRO project, E3MLAB will use and apply the GEM-E3 general equilibrium model. In particular, the model version developed already for the integrated FP6 research project CIRCE studying impacts of climate change on the Mediterranean economic and ecological system.


Consuelo Varela Ortega

Board Member

Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. She is also member of the recently created Research Centre for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risk (CEIGRAM). She has been involved, during the past 25 years in research in Spanish, European Union and International networks in the fields of agricultural policy and the environment, water resources management and institutions. Professor Varela-Ortega is the country representative for Spain in the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) and has taken part in the scientific committee and advisory panels of several international institutions, such as the Global and National Food and Water System for the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food and the CIRAD (International center for agricultural development research) in France.