Advisory Board

Roger Albinyana

Roger Albinyana is director of the Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development department at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). He is also associate professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona where he teaches international economic policy. He holds a MA in Economic History from the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is also a board member at CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs.

From 2013 to 2016, he served as secretary general for Foreign and EU Affairs of the Government of Catalonia. During that period, he was also a member of the EU Committee of the Regions. From 2010 to 2013 he served as advisor and expert on private sector development at the Secretariat of Union for the Mediterranean.


Mona Toema El Garf

Dr. ElGarf has more than 30 years of professional experience working with governments, private sector, NGOs as well as several international organizations, on areas related to trade facilitation, trade policy & promotion, trade agreements as well as competition regulations & policies. Dr. El Garf has been serving as the Chairman of the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) during the period from May 2012-May 2018. Prior to her role as the Chairman of the ECA, Dr. ElGarf has served – for six years – as a Lead Economist & Trade Agreements Advisor at the Egyptian Ministry of Trade & Industry. Dr Mona El Garf was a board member in different authorities and committees of which ; Consulting Committee on Anti- Dumping Duties, Ministry of Trade &Industry, May 2012 – May 2018 (Egyptera), Egypt’s Electricity regulations Authority, Ministry of Electricity, 2016 – May 2018 Supreme Council for Media Regulations, 2017 – May 2018 Egypt Gas regulations Authority, Ministry of Petroleum, February 2018 -May 2018. El Garf has been selected as one of the Top 50 Influential Women in Egypt, 2015. Moreover, she was selected by Forbes Magazine, for two consecutive years, as one of the Top 20 influential women in the Middle East, 2016&2017.


Senen Florensa

Currently the President of IEMed (European Institute of the Mediterranean). A diplomat and ambassador, he holds a degree in Economic Science (1971) and in Law (1972) from the Universitat de Barcelona. He studied for his doctorate in Economics at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1973-1974); as a Fullbright scholarship holder at New York University, Ph. D. Program (1974-1976), and at the Universidad Complutensede Madrid, where he presented his doctoral thesis in 1979. Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He has also been Director of Studies at the Diplomatic School of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Professor of International Economics and Development at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Jorgen Mortensen

Jørgen Mortensen was Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Brussels-based Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). He graduated in economics and statistics from the University in Copenhagen in 1963. After a brief period as administrator at the Central Statistical Office he took up a post as junior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. From 1973 to 1988 he was a senior economist (Head of Division) in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. Since 1989 he has been free-lance researcher, mainly associated with CEPS. Jørgen Mortensen has written or edited numerous research reports and books on issues as economic and social cohesion in the European Union, the financing of retirement provision, portability of pension rights, the role of intellectual capital in the economy, intangibles in business accounting and, more recently, on various aspects of demographic ageing and its consequences for labour markets, retirement and health care provision.


Subidey Togan

Sübidey Togan is Professor of Economics and the Director of the Centre for International Economics at Bilkent University. He has received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Prior to joining Bilkent University he taught at Texas A&M University, Clarkson University and Middle East Technical University. His publications include Foreign Trade Regime and Trade Liberalization in Turkey during the 1980’s published in 1994 by Avebury,  The Economy of Turkey since Liberalization published in 1996 by Macmillan Press Ltd (co-editor V. N. Balasubramanyam), Turkey and Central and Eastern European Countries in Transition: Towards Membership of the EU published by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. in 2001 (co-editor V.N. Balasubramanyam), Turkey: Economic Reform & Accession to the European Union published by the World Bank and Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in 2005 (co-editor B. Hoekman), “Macroeconomic Policies for EU Accession” published by Edward Elgar Publishing  in 2007 (co-editors E. Ba?ç? ve J. von Hagen), and “Economic Liberalization and Turkey” published  by Routledge in 2010. His area of interest is International Economics.


Benoit Tremblay

Benoît Tremblay is Honorary Professor at HEC Montréal, where he teaches since 1976. He holds an MBA from HEC Montréal and a Doctorate from the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. One of the founders of the Study Centre for the Management of Co-operatives in 1975, he has been active as a researcher for many years and has served on the board of different cooperative organisations. In 1984, he was appointed Deputy Minister responsible for cooperative development in Quebec. He has been active in public life as a Member of the City of Montreal Council and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Urban Community and Finance and Economic Development Commission’s President. In 1988, he has been elected Member of the Canadian Federal Parliament and nominated as Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, Science and Technology.

Back to HEC Montréal in 1997, he focused his research on two main topics: the manager’s craft and the development of the financial services cooperatives in the world. From 2001 to 2010, he was Director of the Desjardins Centre for Studies in Management of Financial Services Cooperatives. His research has led to the creation of the International Observatory on Financial Services Cooperatives, which includes a Database on the Institutions, a Virtual Library and a Simulation.