Expert Panel

Abdessalem Abbassi

Abdessalem Abbassi is an associate professor in the Carthage University (Tunisia). He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and consumer studies at Laval University and a member of the Research Center on the Economics of Environment,

Food, Transport and Energy(CREATE). Prior to joining Carthage University in 2011, Abdessalem Abbassi was a Senior economist at the Quebec Ministry of Finance. He received his Ph.D. from Laval University in 2009.


Samir Abdullah

A Palestinian national with a Ph.D. in Economics. Since Dec. 2009, he has served as the Director General of the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), a position which he previously held from 2004-2007.  He is currently the Director of research. Prior to joining MAS, Dr. Abdullah served as the Minister of Planning and Minister of Labor in the Palestinian Government from June 2007 to May 2009.

Dr. Abdullah started his career in the academic field as an Assistant Professor in 1984, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990. During his work he conducted numerous research papers on the Palestinian economy. He is also affiliated with many boards and institutions, amongst is the Board of Directors of the Palestine Monetary Authority –PMA since (2006-2011).


Hala Abou-Ali

Hala ABOU-ALI is an Associate Professor and the director of the French Section at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt, and a Research Fellow at the ERF, with a B.Sc. (with first honor) in Statistics from Cairo University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Gothenburg University, Sweden. She recently edited Economic incentives and environmental regulation: evidence from the MENA region (Edward Elgar 2012). She joined the ERF in 2008 on a part time basis to take the lead on the work carried out on environmental economics in the MENA region. Starting 2014, Abou-Ali is leading the Open Acess Mico Data Initiative (OAMDI). Her fields of specialization are in the areas of environmental and development economics. She has accumulated experience in the economic value and modelling of environmental resources in developing countries, with a particular focus on water and air pollution and agricultural land degradation. She has also worked on issues such as impact evaluation of investments, poverty assessment and the Millennium Development Goals for the World Bank and the UNDP.


Abdelkader Ait El Mekki

Prof. Abdelkader Ait El Mekki is professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics, the National School of Agriculture in Meknes (ENA) and Associate professor at Agronomic and Veterinarian Institute Hassan II (IAV), Rabat, Morocco. He has expertise in agricultural value chain analysis, international trade, quantitative policy analysis and rural development economics. He has been team leader or Agroeconomist member of  research projects and studies funded by the EU, the World Bank, USAID, IFAD, UNDP, FAO, GIZ and the Moroccan government.


Nooh Alshyab

Dr. Nooh Alshyab is Associate Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Yarmouk University in Jordan. He is scientific coordinator of the Euro Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) in Jordan and a member of its steering committee.

He is expert member of the Euro Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA).
Between 2013 and 2015 he served as Head of Economic Department ay Yarmouk university. From 2004 to 2012, he worked at the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, where he was appointed Head of Economic and Investment Desk at the Jordan Embassy in Berlin.
He obtained his Doctoral title (Dr. rer. pol.) in Economics at the University of Potsdam (Germany), School of Economics in 2011 and in 2003, a Master Degree in Economics at Dresden University of Technology (Germany). His fields of expertise are economic development, economic reform policies, trade policy, economic integration and applied econometrics.


Ahmed Badawi

Ahmed Badawi is a senior researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Free University of Berlin, he holds a PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University
of London. His current research interests include state theory and the dynamics of state failure in the Arab world, power relations, institutional change and distributional conflict and the political economy of development beyond the Washington and the post-Washington consensus. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the Research Area on institutions, institutional reforms, economic development and social justice.


Leila Baghdadi

Leila Baghdadi is Associate Professor of Economics at Tunis Business School. She holds the World Trade Organization Chair at TBS since 2014. She is Senior Fellow at NABES Lab. Leila received her PhD from University Paris 1, Pantheon Sorbonne in 2008. In 2006, she was a WTO

PhD fellow. She joined University of Rome Tor Vergata as a Marie Curie Researcher in September 2007. Leila published recently in top peer reviewed journals such as Journal of International Economics and World Bank Economic Review. Her research interests include International Trade, Political Economy, SMEs, and Development.


Nektar Baziotis

IT and AI Officer

Nektar is a serial Founder and Entrepreneur, with more than 20 years experience in International Business Development,  IT Project Management, IT Business Consulting and E-Learning. Successfully delivered IT products and services for the UN, European Commission, European Parliament, organizations and private held companies in several countries. With formal education in Maths (AUTH), International Business (Penn) & MBA (Sheffield).

Started his career in 1998 and promoted after internship to team leader, with a lengthy experience in Project Management and Business Consulting in the area of IT, web and apps. Co-Founder of Apogee Information Systems in 2005 with main focus of websites, custom web applications and e-learning. He has managed and successfully delivered to various institutes and organizations, several projects and products in the EU countries and the USA, for public and private sector partners and clients. Previously, he has been director, team leader and project manager in international companies as well as for EU’s governmental agencies. Strong communicator and dealing successfully with challenges.

Researching cutting edge technologies and methods on E-Learning, AI and VR. As a leading technological breakthrough, managed a team to create Icarus an AI E-Learning platform combining knowledge management, machine learning and profile cognitive understanding. For the next phase he has deployed a strategy for combining e-Learning and VR, which will be used in vocational education and training.


  • Project management and Team coordination on web projects including e-shops, portals, social networks, web 2.0, e-learning, e-branding, VR and AR Systems, mobile apps
  • Business Development
  • Business Consultant
  • Virtual Reality Project Manager
  • Technology Strategist
  • Information Systems & Database expert
  • E-learning Expert
  • Human Resources Management
  • Crisis Management

Saad Belghazi

Saad Belghazi is an international consultant on labor and social protection policy and diverse environment issues. He has been a professor at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Rabat, Morocco (1982-2005). He has worked in several line ministries in Morocco, including the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. In 2009–10 he served at the International Labour Organization, where he led several research projects on economic growth, employment, poverty, and international labor migration. He has conducted research for the preparation of free-trade agreements in Morocco and for various sectoral studies. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Grenoble


Mehdi Ben Braham

Mehdi Ben Braham is Assistant Professor at Higher School of Statistics and Information Analysis of Tunis, (ESSAI, Tunisia) and Scientific Coordinator in the CRES research center in Tunisia (Centre de Recherche et d’Etudes Sociales). His research focuses on social protection and economic growth based on micro and macroeconomic analyses in North Africa.

During the period 2006-2008 he worked as a fellow in the Networks Financial Institute in Indianapolis.

As an Associate researcher at LEGI research center in Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie and  CREM in Caen University, he was the Scientific cofounder of ESIRAMed Networks (Social Economy, Responsible Investment and Insurance in North Africa) where he develops comparative studies between Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

He holds a PhD from Paris Dauphine University in 2005. His thesis was on Pension reform and economic growth in emerging markets with a simulation on the Tunisian case.


Emmanuel Bargasse

Mr. Emmanuel BERGASSE, Energy Economist and Energy Policy Expert, has gained an extensive experience on sustainable energy policies and market reforms in transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. As independent consultant, he has designed, managed and evaluated several large international projects. For instance, for the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, he managed and co-prepared several energy policy surveys, including “Western Balkans: The Path to Reform and Reconstruction” (IEA/UNDP, 2008). Within MEDPRO, he prepared with CASE the Technical Report “The relationship between energy and socio-economic development in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean” that focused on the mechanisms and impacts of energy subsidies, and alternatives. 
Other regional projects included the EuropeAid Paving the Way for the Mediterranean Solar Plan (Regional and national Sustainable Energy Road maps). Other papers in this region include “Energy Efficiency Potential in MENA” (RCREEE and World Bank) and “EuroMed Energy Cooperation & the Mediterranean Solar Plan, A unique opportunity for a fresh start in a new era?”


Abdelkader Boudriga

Professor Abdelkader Boudriga is a banking consultant and specialist on Governance issues, and is senior economist at the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies (Tunisia). He holds a PhD in finance  and a certification on risk Management from the GARP and on Corporate Governance form the IFC (World Bank).

Abdelkader Has more than 20 years experience working with clients and financial institutions on various issues including Governance, Risk Management,, Internal Audits, Valuations and Business Plans.

Since 2005, Abdelkader has actively participated in the transformation of Corporate and bank Governance in Tunisia. He contributed to the device of the Tunisia corporate governance Code (IACE) and to the discussion and assessment of several new regulations regarding internal auditing, risk management and governance in the banking sector in his country.

Abdelkader served on various Boards in Tunisian banks. He is currently head of the risk committee at Amen Bank (Tunisia), he is also President of the Indices Committee at the Tunisian Exchange market Board, he participates regluary in the Monetary Policy Committee (Centreal Bank Of Tunisia);

Abdelkader is also an active speaker and moderator for local and  regional conferences and seminars. He is regularly invited by specialized to analyse financial and economic issues in Tunisia and Abroad.

He published several academic papers in referred journals on banking regulation, credit risk and bank performance in Tunisia and the middle-east. He is a member of Research Lab DEFI (ESSEC Tunisia) and supervised  several Phd Dissertations in Tunisia and France.


Salim Bounou

Bounou Salim is Professor at the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes in charge of Cooperation & International Relations and Partnership & Industrial Relations at INSA-Euro-Méditerranée. He graduated from Laval University (Canada) with a Master and Ph.D. of Science (Since 2002). He started as Professor-Researcher then as Technology Transfer Manager at Sherbrooke and Laval Universities. He also served as projects Director at Gestion SOcPRA INC. (Sherbrooke University-Valorisation and commercialisation Society). He involved in every stage of innovation, project completion, evaluation and strategic patent protection, general counselling on technology transfer in engineering, medical science and related fields. With his experience in research management of applied research, Dr Bounou joined MAScIR’s board of directors (Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science Innovation and Research) where he served as Director of MASCIR VALOR – IP management and International Cooperation and Partnership. Dr Bounou is a founding member of Moroccan Alliance of researchers and industrials for the valorisation of phytoresources (AMCIVAP) and acts as advisor for the Canadian Technology Network.


Matthias Busse

Matthias Busse joined CEPS in January 2012 where he is working as a researcher in the Economic Policy Unit. He previously obtained a bachelor in Economics at the University of Hertfordshire, a Master in European Studies at the University of Hamburg and a Master of Science (cum laude) in Economics at the KU Leuven. During the past years, Matthias Busse has been evaluating monetary, fiscal and trade policy.

He has over 6 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research in the field of economics. At CEPS, he was in charge of several task forces as well as stakeholder consultations and conducted survey-based field research, employing both online surveys and semi-structured interviews. For various projects he has taken in lead in data collection, harmonization, quantitative analysis and visualization.


Sandra Challita

Sandra is a faculty member at ESDES Business School in Lyon. She is also an associate researcher at the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) of HEC Montréal, at the University of Montpellier France, Montpellier Research in Management and “Labex entreprendre” Units.

She received her Ph.D. in Finance at the University of Montpellier. Her thesis adopts a comparative approach of strategies and performances of cooperatives and investor owned firms in different fields. She adopts an interdisciplinary vision within her research. Sandra has presented her work during international academic conferences and has published and is in publication process of scientific articles in peer review journals. Sandra current research focuses on financial performance and risk of different types of financial institutions.

Sandra also holds a master’s degree in finance (104) from Paris Dauphine University and a Bachelor degree in Management from Saint Joseph’s University Beirut. She speaks Arabic, French and English.
In EMNES, she contributes to the research on finance, financial inclusion and financial development.


Javier Albarracin Corredor

Responsible of Socioeconomic Development Department at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). He was Responsible for the Middle East and North African region at the Consortium for Foreign Trade Promotion of Catalonia (COPCA), belonging to the Catalan Ministry of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise. Direct responsibility on the offices in Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Iran operating in all the countries of this region. He was Researcher at the University Institute of European Studies (IUEE) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) analyzing relations of the EU with the Mediterranean and economic tendencies in the area. 1998-99 Working for the Spanish Foreign Trade Institute (ICEX) in the Spanish Commercial Office in Istanbul (Turkey).


Doriana Cucinelli

Doriana Cucinelli is Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Financial Intermediaries at University of Milano Bicocca, Italy. She is also SDA Fellow in Banking and Insurance at SDA Bocconi School of Management and associate researcher at the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) of HEC Montréal.

Her main research interests are risk management in banking, bank business models, financial education and financial behavior. Doriana is author of national and international publications and has presented at many national and international conferences.

She holds a Ph.D. in Banking and Finance at University of Roma Tor Vergata and a Laurea cum laude in Finance and Risk Management at University of Parma. She was visiting fellow at Cass Business School in 2017.


Marek Dabrowski

Marek Dabrowski is Professor of Economics and President of CASE, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for the Economy in Transition in Moscow, Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Comparative Economic Studies, Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Journal of Comparative Economics, and Member of the Consulting Board of the ‘Economic Systems’ Journal. Former First Deputy Minister of Finance (1989-1990), Member of Parliament (1991-1993) and Member of the Monetary Policy Council of the National Bank of Poland (1998-2004). From the end of 1980s he has been involved in policy advising and policy research in several European and Asian countries.


Anissa Naouar Damak

Ms. Anissa Naouar Damak is expert on financial regulation and banking economics. She holds a PHD in Economics from the University of Paris X, Nanterre. She relocated to Tunisia since 2011 and is working as “Associate Professor” of economics at IHEC Sfax. Previously, she worked as “research assistant” for the CEPS (Center of European Policy Studies) in Brussels for six months and for Banque de France as “project manager” in the department of macro-prudential studies for three years.


Habib El-Andaloussi

Habib El-Andaloussi is Chief Energy Section in Sustainable Development Policies Division in United Nations- Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) based in Beirut-Lebanon since May 2013.

He started his career in 1978 in Algeria in the energy sector before joining international organizations, and holding different positions in the Energy sector in France, Morocco and Lebanon.

– 1978 to 1989 (Algeria):  starting as Engineer at Sonelgaz (Societe Nationale de l’Electricite & du Gaz) then Head of Oil & Gas activities in Algerian Energy Ministry, in charge in particular of the National Programme on Natural Gas Distribution and the Rural Electrification Programme.

– 1990 to 2008 (France): he was Senior Natural Gas Analyst of OME (Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie – a think tank and association of some 33 major Oil & Gas Companies and energy operators in the Euro-Mediterranean area).

– 2009 to mid-2011 (Sophia Antipolis, France): he was the Energy Programme Officer in the Plan Bleu (Regional Activity Centre/UNEP/MAP) in charge of the Energy Program dealing with EE & RE activities in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries (SEMCs).

– 2011-May 2013 (Morocco): Head of the Office at Rabat, he was Deputy Team Leader for the EU funded project: “Paving the Way for the Mediterranean Solar Plan –PWMSP”, he coordinated the project’s activities and worked extensively on knowledge transfer and capacity building activities to support sustainable energy policies in Mediterranean countries.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Gas Engineering from Ecole des Mines de Paris and Algerian Institute of Petroleum (1978).


Alia El-Mahdi

Alia El-Mahdi, Ph.D.  is currently Professor of Economics in Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University, and CEO of Egypols.

El Mahdi was the previous-Dean of FEPS, director of the Center of Economic and Financial Research and Studies (2005- 2008) and the Vice president of MSA University (2004-2005).

Area of specialization is in the fields of labor market studies, especially the informal labor, and the Micro and Small Enterprises dynamics and performance, as well as several research studies on the macroeconomic policies, FDI, industrial policies, education, social protection in Egypt and the Arab countries.

Professor El Mahdi has published numerous papers and chapters in books published internationally as well as regionally and in Egypt.  She also led numerous research projects in various fields of socio-economic research. In the last fifteen to twenty years, she led teams of researchers and conducted over 30 socioeconomic surveys for different domestic agencies/ ministries and research centers as well international organizations. She was in charge of leading a team, which undertook over 2000 political polls during the last 15 years. She acted as consultant and policy advisor to several ministries and international organization such as ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, WB, ADB, UNIDO, Brookings Institute, ESCWA, JAICA, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, GIZ, Arab Labor Organization, WFP, MSMEDA, etc.


Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry

He served as the Senior Advisor for International Cooperation and the Executive Director of the Research Development and Innovation (RDI) Programme at the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, he acquired extensive experience in initiating and managing international cooperation and partnerships in Education, Research and Innovation. In 2012 he was appointed as the Founding President of Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development in Cairo and in February 2014 he was appointed as the President of the Euro-Mediterranean University in Slovenia. Representing Egypt, he chaired several policy committees and councils, including the Euro-Mediterranean Group of Senior Officials for Research and Innovation (Euro-Med GSO) and the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) and the Africa-EU Research and Innovation high-level policy dialogue. He is an active member in several international societies and organizations and the founding President of the international association “Forum for Euro-Mediterranean Innovation in Action” (FEMIA).


Giorgia Giovannetti

Giorgia Giovannetti is Vice President for international Relationships of the University of Firenze (from November 2015), full Professor of Economics at the University of Florence (since 2001), visiting Professor at the European University Institute, Part time professor at New York University, Study abroad programme and member of the “consiglio di Reggenza” of the Bank of Italy, Florence. She has acted as Scientific Director of the (first and second) European Report on Development in 2009 and 2010, Director of the Development Research Area in the Global Governance Programme (2011-2013), Director of the Research Centre of the Italian Trade Institute-ICE (2005-2007). She has been advising the EU Commissioner for Development (2009-2012), the President of the Italian Trade Institute-ICE (2004-2014), the Italian Treasury (2003-05) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Trade (2002-05). She is the scientific coordinator of the Fondazione Manlio Masi, member of the globalization team at OECD, fellow of the Foundation for International Development Study and Research- FERDI, (University of Auvergne at Clermont Ferrand) and Fondazione Luca D’Agliano (Turin). She was in a Group of the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington working on the Reform of the Rome Agencies. She holds a PhD and an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, and a Laurea cum laude in Statistics from the University of Roma la Sapienza. In the past she has been fellow of Trinity College- Cambridge and lecturer (1990-1995) and visiting Professor in several universities (Pompeu Fabra- Barcelona, Hoover Institution-Stanford, Universitat Torcuato de Tella- Buenos Aires). She has also been Fellow of the European Forum of the EUI on “The Political Economy of an Integrated Europe” (1996-97). Her research interests include macroeconomics, political economy, international trade, European Economy and development economics. Her work has been published in leading academic journals and presented in main international conferences.


Mohamed Goaied

Mohamed Goaied is a professor of Applied Econometrics and Statistics at IHEC of Carthage. He holds a Ph.D in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics from University of Dijon, France. Held visiting positions at the University of Paris I among other institutions. He Headed IHEC Carthage and actually is the director of the Research Laboratory of Applied Economics and Empirical Finance. He has carried out research and consulting activities in the field of Industrial Economics and Development Economics. He is the author of several studies and publications in refereed journals: Journal of Productivity, Econometric reviews, Applied financial Economics, Economie et prévision, Revue d’économie internationale… He is a Fellow at the Economic Research Forum for Mena region and a member of the Board of the Economic Analysis in Tunisia.

Areas of Expertise :
Microeconometrics of firm and Households, Efficiency and Productivity analysis, Social economics, Panel Data Analysis, Sectoral Economics, Survey Analysis; Growth Models, inclusive growth, labor Market.


Wafik Grais

Wafik Grais is senior international consultant with expertise in financial regulation and supervision, private equity, corporate governance, Islamic finance and green growth financing, acquired in the public and private sectors and in International Financial Organizations.

Over 2016-2017, he held the position of Chairman of the Central Bank of the Republic of San Marino, appointed by Parliament.

He was Board member of the Lupercale SICAR based in Luxembourg. He was co-founder and chairman of Viveris Mashrek, a Cairo based, financial advisory services company licensed by Egypt’s Financial Services Authority.

He spent 28 years at the World Bank in Washington DC where he held senior positions. Wafik Grais managed country and sector programs on the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Central Asia. He was director of the private and financial sector development group for the Middle East and North Africa region and senior adviser in the World Bank global Financial Sector group, head of the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP), and lead resource on Islamic finance. Before joining the World Bank, Wafik Grais was Adjunct Professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

In 1997-1998, Wafik Grais represented the Government of Egypt on the team setting up the Bank for Cooperation and Development in the Middle East and North Africa in Cairo.

He was a member of a Mediterranean green development working group that developed recommendations for the Rio+20 UN Conference. He is a Fellow of the Economic Research Forum for the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo and Expert Member of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA).

Wafik Grais has written extensively notably on financial development, regulation and corporate governance, for conventional and Islamic finance as well as green financing. He has co-authored with Amr El Tiby the book: “Islamic Finance and Economic Development: Risk, Regulation, and Corporate Governance”, John Wiley (June 2014).

Wafik Grais holds a PhD in economics from the University of Geneva as well as degrees in mathematical economics and political science from the same University.


Willem Pieter de Groen

Willem Pieter is a Research Fellow at the Financial Institutions and Prudential Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels and an associate researcher at the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) of HEC Montréal. He has (co)-authored several studies on EU and Near East banking regulation, as well as diversity in bank ownership and business models, small and medium-sized enterprises obstacles to growth and access to finance. Willem Pieter has further extensive experience in gathering and analyzing data, e.g. product prices, executive compensation, financial performance, and structure. Willem holds a Master in Finance, VU University, The Netherlands; Bachelor in Economics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; and speaks Dutch, English and German.


Manfred Hafner

Dr. Manfred Hafner is Professor of international energy studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS-Europe) Bologna Center, Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He also teaches regularly at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Florence School of Regulation, the College of Europe and the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management.

As far as Dr. Hafner’s research activities are concerned, he is a Fellow and coordinates energy markets and policy activities at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), is research fellow at IEFE (Centre for Research on Energy and Environment Economics and Policy) of Bocconi University; and is Senior Scientist at the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change.

Moreover, Prof. Hafner is President for Europe, MENA, Russia and CIS at International Energy Consultants (IEC).

Prof. Hafner has a special interest in Euro-Mediterranean energy prospects and challenges, and was for many years the Scientific Director of the Observatoire Mediterraéen de l’Energie, a think-tank and an association of (at the time when he was working there) some 35 Euro-Mediterranean major energy companies from North and South of the Mediterranean see..

Prof. Hafner has over his 28 year professional carrier, extensively consulted on energy issues for governments, international organizations (EC, WB, IEA…) and industry, and has in particular coordinated several major interdisciplinary research projects for the European Commission.

Moreover, he is presently Member of the high-level EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council set up by former EC Commissioner Oettinger and former Russian Energy Minister Shmatko to provide input into the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue, and he is a Member of the EU-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Clean Energy Network. He also consulted for the Minister of Economics and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in view to set up the latest five-year plan of the Kingdom and is presently advising the German Government on energy issues during the German Presidency of the G7.

Dr. Hafner holds master degrees in energy engineering, economics and policy from the Technische Universität München (Germany), the Institut Français du Pétrole (France), the Université Paris2/Panthéon Assas (France) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He also holds a PhD (summa cum laude) from Mines Paris-Tech (Ecole des Mines de Paris).

He speaks fluently English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian.


Nicola Lamaddalena

Holding a MSc in Hydraulic Engineer at Polytechnic of Bari and a PhD. in Irrigation Engineering at the Technical University of Lisbon, Mr Lamaddalena has been working for more than 20 years on agricultural engineering and water resources management, with a focus of design, performance analysis and management of large scale distribution systems, new delivery technologies with associate modelling development under water scarcity conditions, governance models of Water Users Associations. He served as University Professor at the Polytechnic of Bari (Italy) and provided consulting services to public and private sectors. Scientific and technical activities have been conjugated with the management of many water-related development projects in Southern Europe, North Africa and Near East, also in cooperation with International Research Centres and Universities. Author of over 80 publications in scientific journals and books, reviewer for several scientific journals, he is the author of the FAO Irrigation and Drainage paper n. 59. He joined CIHEAM Bari Institute in 1986 where is the Head of the L&W Dept since 2005.


Robert Lanquar

Doctor in “Economy and Law of Tourism” – University Aix-Marseilles III, he obtained a Ph.D. in “Recreation Resources Organizational Development” –   Texas A&M University (USA). Former UNWTO civil servant, he is the expert of several international organizations like UNWTO, UNEP, the World Bank, the European Commission and the Commonwealth. Specialist of the Mediterranean and Africa, he is leading various networks in relation with Mediterranean cooperation such as META and is the founder of the MED-DEV – Mediterranean Sustainable Development Market (trade, tourism and environment). Author of 15 books and more than 300 reports and articles on tourism and the environment in French and Spanish, he was translated in English, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Vietnamese. During his career, he was professor of several universities in Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain. He teaches a course on Mediterranean Heritage at IREST – University Paris – La Sorbonne and chairs the Scientific Committee of the Institute of management of Tourism (ESC La Rochelle). He is now CEO of Cordoba Horizontes. Cordoba Horizontes offers to enterprises and organizations its know-how in the sectors of agribusiness, trade and tourism on the Mediterranean area and at first the Maghreb. It was created with the idea of a 21st century dedicated to sustainable development: business must adapt to the new conditions produced by the climate change. He is also columnist at L’Économiste, the main economic Moroccan magazine. Now he is professor- researcher at LA ROCHELLE BUSINESS SCHOOL where he chairs the coastal tourism as well as the sustainable development programs.


Barbara Casu Lukac

Barbara Casu is the Director of the Centre for Banking Research at Cass Business School, where she is Associate Professor of Banking. Her research interests are in the area of banking, financial regulation, corporate governance and industrial organisation. Barbara has published over 30 papers in international peer reviewed Journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Money Credit and Banking, the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting.


Silvia Maffi

Silvia Maffii  has more than 25 years of experience in transport economics and planning and is co-founder of TRT Trasporti e Territorio, of which she is Managing Director since 1992. Her expertise lies in feasibility studies and cost-benefit analysis of transport projects across the road, rail maritime and urban transport sectors, that she combines with a wide professional and research experience in modelling at urban and regional scale and in the assessment of land-use, socio-economic and environmental impacts of transport investment and policies. She has a long record of experience in project leadership and management in both domestic and international studies, and has served as key expert in service projects for the European Commission and other international organisations. She has been teaching transport planning for several years at the Politecnico of Milan.


Basma Majerbi

Dr. Basma Majerbi is a finance professor and UVic Scholar at the the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. She teaches international and corporate finance with an underlying foundation of economics and sustainability to undergraduate and graduate students. Basma’s teaching interests also include investments, financial markets and institutions and risk management. Dr. Majerbi is also the Chair of Operations at the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI) at University of Victoria.

Since 2011, Dr Majerbi also works as a consultant with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Institute for Capacity Development, where she acts as a Technical Advisor delivering macroeconomics and finance courses to mid- and senior level staff from central banks and ministries of finance (mainly in Africa and Eastern and Central Europe). Courses taught with the IMF institute cover a wide range of topics related to macroeconomic policy, financial sector issues and macro-prudential supervision,  managing external vulnerabilities (such as exposure to commodity prices volatility, external debt in foreign currency, etc.), and financial markets analysis for policy making, etc.

Dr Majerbi’s research interests are mainly in international finance with a focus on emerging markets. Her research examines the importance of currency risk in international stock markets, financial liberalization and its impact on systemic banking crises, the role of financial systems in economic development and growth, the importance of financial cooperative institutions in the development process, etc. Dr Majerbi’s research has been published in leading business journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Empirical Finance, among others.

Before joining the Gustavson School of Business, Dr Majerbi taught various finance courses at McGill University and participated in executive education programs while working for a consulting and management training company in Tunisia.


Inmaculada Buendía Martínez

Inmaculada Buendía Martínez holds a PhD in Business Administration from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). She is also a specialist in cooperative management and an associate professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain. Author of numerous scientific articles, books, and other publications, she is a member of various networks and international research projects. Her international expertise both in America and in Europe allowed her to directly collaborate with several research centres specialized in cooperativism in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and Ireland. Her current interests focus on the contribution of cooperatives to local development, the policies for financial inclusion, the role of financial cooperatives in the international arena and the corporate social responsibility in the banking industry. Inmaculada Buendía Martínez speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.


Sahar Mechri Kharrat

Sahar Mechri Kharrat holds a PhD in Economics from Paris 1 Sorbonne University. She teaches microeconomics  of uncertainty and macroeconomics at IHEC Carthage. She is interested in the issues of international trade and the role that governance can play in developing countries.
In addition, Sahar Mechri Kharrat is the executive director of the magazine “le Manager”, a monthly business manager of the leading media group, “Promedia”. She runs annual survey on employability of tunisian universities. She is mainly committed to the issue of women’s empowerment and leads the Women Entrepreneuer annual Awards.


Daniel Mirza

Daniel Mirza holds a Doctorate from the University of Paris I with around 18 years of experience. He is Professor at the University of Tours, researcher director of the team “International Economics and Sustainable Development” at the Laboratoire d’Economie D’orléans (LEO-CNRS), research associate at the GEP of the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) , at the CEPREMAP Association and CEPII. Daniel Mirza has been actively participating at CEPII/CIREM research on international trade in goods and services, and globalization and conflicts issues. He has also acted as expert for many projects for the World Bank and the European Commission. D. Mirza has an extensive record of publications in many peer reviewed journals among the European Economic Review, Social Choice and Welfare, Journal of Comparative Economics, Economica, the Canadian Journal of Economics, Review of World Economics or the World Economy.


Rim Ben Ayed Mouelhi

Rim Mouelhi is full Professor of Economics and Statistics since 2007 at ISCAE  la Manouba University of  Tunis. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Bourgogne, France (1994). She published many academic articles in international reviews (as Econometric Reviews,

the Journal of Productivity Analysis, Labour Economics, Economic modelling, Journal of African Economies, Economie et prévision…). She also contributed to chapters of books edited by Oxford University Press. She is member of the Laboratory of Applied Economics and Empirical Finance, IHEC Carthage, since 1997. She is Research fellow at ERF (Economic Research Forum, Cairo) since 2002. She is a Senior Fellow in a think tank NABES (North African Bureau of Economic Studies) since 2013. She was a Consultant with the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies, consultant with the Institute of Quantitative Economics, consultant with the PNUD and consultant with the World Bank and with the African Bank of development. Areas of expertise include Firm’s productivity, firm’s performance and firm’s dynamics (micro data analysis), Private sector and business environment and Labor markets.


Sami Ben Naceur

Samy Ben Naceur is Deputy Director of the IMF-Center for Economics and Finance in Kuwait and Associate Professor at ESSEC, Tunisia. Previously, he worked in the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the IMF, where he led analytical works on financial issues. He has also been an expert in banking, economic advisory and financial analysis with the Global Development Network, European Commission, the African Development Banks and several consulting firms in Europe and the MENA region for more than 15 years and published many papers in top academic journals. He holds a diploma from INSEEC Bordeaux (France) and an Honours Ph.D. in Finance from Paris Sorbonne University.

He studied the impact of capital regulation on cost of intermediation and bank performance in Egypt, the incidence of the Basel Accords on credit slowdown in MEDA countries, and the creation of common currency in the Gulf Countries as an IMF international expert. He participated in several studies including a study on the impact of stock market liberalization on financial development and economic growth in MEDA countries, a study on the incidence of regulation, governance and liberalization on the performance of banks in the MEDA countries, and a study on banking sector development, economic growth and poverty alleviation in the MEDA countries.


Leonidas Paroussos

Dr. Leonidas Paroussos is an Economist and currently managing director of E3-Modelling (E3-Modelling specializes in the development and use of large scale applied models and performs applied research focusing in the fields of economy, energy and the environment). He holds a BSc in Economics an MSc in Finance and a Phd on “Energy and Climate Change: An Economic Analysis in the Context of Computable General Equilibrium”. He is a senior researcher and coordinates the research activities in the general equilibrium modelling team of E3-Modelling. He has 15 years of experience in modelling particularly in the development of the GEM-E3 model and he has participated in several research and policy oriented projects. He is a main contributor in introducing bottom-up modules in the global version of the GEM-E3 model and  he is experienced in climate change policy assessment using general equilibrium models, environmental economics, energy economics and transport analysis. He is publishing regularly in a variety of journals including Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Complexity Economics and Economic Letters.


Raul Ramos

Raul Ramos, is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona, researcher at the Grup d’Analisi Quantitativa Regional (AQR-IREA) and IZA Research Fellow. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Editorial team of the European Journal of Development Research.

His research interests include labour market analysis from a regional and international perspective, with a specific focus on the impacts of globalisation, European integration and migration on wage inequality and unemployment.


Serena Sandri

Serena Sandri is Associate Professor at the School of Management and Logistic Sciences at German Jordanian University since February 2012, where she acted as Exchange Coordinator from 2013 to 2016. She is member of the Euro Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES)

and expert member of the Euro Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA). Before joining GJU, she worked, from 2007 to 2012, at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management of Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She received her PhD from the Technische Universität Dresden in 2007, where she acted as lecturer between 2004 and 2007. Her main fields of expertise are behavioral and experimental economics, entrepreneurship, development economics and trade policies. Her publications have appeared among else in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, the European Review of Agricultural Economics, and Mediterranean Politics.


Simone Tagliapietra

Simone Tagliapietra is Senior Researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Visiting Fellow at Bruegel and Non-Residential Researcher at the Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC) at Sabanci University. He is an expert in international energy issues, with a record of more than 50 publications covering the international natural gas markets, the EU energy policy and the Euro-Mediterranean energy relations, with a particular focus on Turkey. Among other things, he has recently authored the books “The Globalization of Natural Gas Markets” and “The Geoeconomics of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Renewable Energy”. Prior to joining FEEM in 2011, he completed a traineeship at the Sustainable Energy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, where he is currently a PhD Researcher at the Department of International Economics, Institutions and Development. He is Member of the Editorial Board of the European Energy Journal (EEJ), Senior Expert Member of the Euro-Med Economists Association (EMEA) and Member of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).


Jose Vila

Dr. Jose Vila holds a BSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics. He is Scientific Director in the statistical consulting DevStat and associate professor at University of Valencia, where he leads its behavioural-experimental lab, Lineex.

Dr. Vila has more than 20 years experience in the development and application of quantitative methods for evidence-based policy-making and policy M&E, as well as consulting activities for business development in the private sector.  His fields of expertise include statistical methods and behavioural-experimental economics.

As an instance of the projects developed by Dr. Vila, he has been the Scientific Director in a four-year framework contract with Eurostat for methodological support and Principal Researcher in a series of contracts with JRC-IPTS devoted to the application of behavioural-experimental methods and quantitative models to optimise European Commission policy-making in online consumer behaviour, cybersecurity and impact measurement of CAP. He has lead research, transference and consulting projects in the Mediterranean Countries, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

He has also authored many publications on top scientific journal on statistics, management and economics such as Econometrica, Management Decision, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Economics.


Luc De Wulf

Luc De Wulf, a Belgian national obtained his economic degree at the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven, Belgium, and a PhD in Economics from Clark University, Worcester, Mass., USA. After a two-year teaching assignment at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, he joined the International Monetary Fund, where he worked both in the Fiscal Affairs and the Asian Departments. He transferred to the World Bank in 1988, where he worked in both the African and Middle Eastern Departments as macro economist with a focus on fiscal and trade issues.

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Upon his retirement from the World Bank in 2000, he worked as consultant with the Trade Department and WBI. In that capacity he managed the Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies for Mauritania and Senegal, and supported a variety of customs modernization initiatives financed by the World Bank and other bilateral development agencies. He is the author of numerous scientific articles that appeared in professional journals. More recently he co-edited with Jose Sokol, two books: Customs Modernization Initiatives (World Bank 2004) and Customs Modernization Handbook (World Bank 2005). The latter publication is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese.


Boumghar Mohamed Yazid

Boumghar Mohamed Yazid holds a PHD in applied economics and statisitics from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSSEA – Alger). His research covers monetary policy in economic transition with a focus on Algeria. He lectures economics and statistics since 2000 and he held several public functions in the Algerian administration.


Chahir Zaki

Dr. Chahir Zaki is a citizen of Egypt. At present, Chahir is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. In this position, Chahir teaches and conducts research on trade policy and macroeconomics.

He is also the Director of the French section at the faculty.

Chahir works also for the Economic Research Forum (Cairo, Egypt) as a part-time Senior Economist and as a consultant for several international organization (the World Bank and the International Trade Center (UNCTAD-WTO, Geneva) and ESCWA). He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, an M.A. in Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. His research interests include international trade, trade policy, trade in services, applied economics and macroeconomic modeling. He has published numerous studies in the International Trade Journal, the World Trade Review, Economic Modeling and Applied Economics.


Habib Zitouna

Habib Zitouna is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management of Nabeul (University of Carthage – Tunisia). He was the General Director of the Tunisian Institute for Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies (Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation). He held a PhD in International Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) in 2004. His research activities are linked to International Economics (International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Policy and Environment). He has published articles in different academic journals such as the Journal of International Economics, Middle East Development Journal, Review of International Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Applied Economics or the Journal of Economic Integration. He also participated to different research projects and studies on Trade Facilitation, Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade, Trade and the Environment.