The EMNES Advisory Committee is composed of invited senior economists and international experts. The role of the Advisory Committee is to  bring new ideas and research topics, to enhance the scope and the quality of the EMNES research and to help review the output based on your area of expertise.

Jaloul Ayed

Since he left the Tunisian Ministry of Finance in December 2011, Mr Ayed has been an active public speaker promoting his vision for a prosperous Tunisia. He is a regular guest speaker of prestigious academic organizations and civil society forums. He continues to serve as director in the board of the Tunisian Caisse de Dépôt et de Consignation (CDC) that he founded in 2011; and as an independent member of the national joint committee in charge of supervising the reform of the financial system, and the  restructuring of public banks.

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Mr. Ayed set-up a technology group in 2012 (the Vega-Group of Companies) to empower about 70 young Tunisian graduates and young professionals, many of them unemployed at the time, engaging them in IT career opportunities.

In January 2011, Mr Ayed was appointed Minister of Finance of Tunisia and served in the two interim governments following the Tunisian revolution.  During his tenure at the Ministry of Finance,  Mr. Ayed supervised the preparation of the five-year Economic & Social Development Program (the “Jasmin Plan”) that was submitted to the G8 as part of the Deauville Partnership Agreement. He also served as Tunisia’s Sherpa for the G8 meetings. During his tenure at the Ministry of Finance Mr. Ayed initiated several important regulatory reforms such as those pertaining to Micro-finance and Private Equity.

In 1998 Ayed joined the Moroccan BMCE Group. He created BMCE Capital, the investment banking arm of the group, as a center of competency and bearer of a new culture. In 2000 he set up CapialInvest, the leading private equity firm in Morocco. In 2002 He was appointed Board Member and General Manager of BMCE Bank, and President of the Executive  Committee of BMCE Group. He initiated the African strategy of BMCE making it one of the leading financial power houses  in the continent with a presence in more than 22 countries. He also created BMCE International, a London based investment bank wholly dedicated to the African continent.

Mr Ayed held several other senior positions in FinanceCom, the Group’s holding company, including, but not limited to, Vice-Chairman of the supervisory Board of RMA Watanya, the largest insurance company in Morocco at the time; Director of Bank of Africa, and Chairman of the Board of Axis Capital, Tunis.

During his 18-year career with Citibank (1980-1998)  Mr Ayed held various country management positions in the emerging countries of North Africa and the Middle East, and as Senior Banker in the Capital Markets Group at Citicorp International Plc.in London. In 1988, Mr. Ayed was appointed Corporate Bank Head of the UAE and Oman. In 1990 he was appointed Country Corporate Officer In Morocco as well as  Director and General Manager of Citibank Maghreb, a Citibank subsidiary.  Mr. Ayed joined Citibank Tunis in 1980. In 1986 he was promoted to Vice President of Citibank/Citicorp.

Mr. Ayed joined Citibank Capital Markets Group in London in late 1995 as Senior Banker in charge of Euromarket syndicated loan activities for France and Greece. He also supervised the structuring of several large syndicated loans in the MENA region.

Mr. Ayed was awarded the Order of the Tunisian Republic in December 2011. He was granted the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award for Leadership & Ingenuity’ by  Citibank New York in May 2014.  During his professional career, Mr. Ayed has had extensive contacts and recurring working relationships. major international financial institutions and development agencies such as the World Bank, IFC, ADB, FMO, ACTIS, KfW, AFD as well as several other organizations.  He served as Director in the Board of PROPARCO, the French Development agency from  2007 to 2010.

Mr. Ayed chaired the Moroccan U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1992-1995), and was elected its Honorary Chairman.

He was also an active member of the U.S.-Morocco Council.

He co-founded, and still is, Vice President of Euromed Capital Forum, an organization aimed at promoting the private equity industry in the Mediterranean region.

In December 2013 he was appointed Chairman of MED Confederation, a Brussels based non-profit organization aimed at fostering socio-economic cooperation between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean.

He is the Honorary Chairman of Carthage Business Angels’ Association and an active member in several  other civil society organizations in Tunisia. He is particularly involved in promoting programs aimed at fostering youth employability and entrepreneurship.

Mr Ayed has authored a book published in January 2013 (Tunisie: La Route des Jasmins, Editions La Différence, Paris)

He obtained a Masters’ degree in Economics at the University of Maryland in 1979 where he was elected member of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for academic distinction. His academic curriculum includes credits obtained at the University of Colorado (1977) and the University of Florida (1978).

Mr. Ayed is a renowned composer of classical music. His works include piano compositions and symphonic works that were performed in Casablanca, Tunis, and Washington. His music was performed at the Carthage Music Festival (2009) and at the El-Jem Classical Music Festival (2009 & 2014).  He regularly organizes concerts in Tunisia for the benefit of charitable organizations.

He is an avid golfer, and a fervent reader. He is married with three children.

Jacques Charmes

Jacques Charmes is director of research emeritus at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), a French public research institute under the joint supervision of the French Ministries of Higher Education and Research and Foreign Affairs. His research focuses on the measurement and understanding of the functioning of the informal economy, as well as the conception and implementation of time use surveys and gender indices at regional and national levels, especially in the MENA region and in sub-Saharan Africa.

Laila El Khawaga

Professor Laila El Khawaga is a professor of economics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University. She earned her B.Sc. in Economics from FEPS – Cairo University. Moreover, she got her Master and Ph.D. in Macroeconomics from the University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne in 1984. Professor El Khawaga received the state encouragement award in Economics in 1996 for two of her published research.

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She has also published extensively on macroeconomics and labor economics both locally and internationally in Arabic, English, and French. She was a member of Shura council from 2001 until 2011 and currently she is a board member of Central Bank of Egypt as well as the Egyptian banking Institute.

Hala H. El Said

Hala H. El Said is recently (2017) nominated as Minister of Administrative Reforms and Economic Planning in the Government of the Egypt. Before that, she was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) at Cairo University since October 2011 and a Professor of Economics at FEPS. She was also an Assistant to Cairo University President for Research and External Relations since September 2013.

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Dr. Hala serves as a member of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Egypt and Egypt’s National Post Authority. In addition to her membership in many research centers like Center for Economic and Financial Research and Studies and Cairo Demographic Center. She is also a member of board of trustees of International Business Driving License (IBDL). Dr. El Said has a leading role in public service as she is an active member of Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation. She has been also a member of some NGOs as Egypt@Work Advisory Committee- Nahdet El Mahrousa, “Our Children Our Future” Foundation and MENA Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) at World Bank. She has authored several research papers and articles covering financial sector, international finance, financial markets, access to finance and economic reform. Dr. El Said holds a PhD with honor from the Faculty of Economics & Political Science at Cairo University.

Samiha Fawzy

Professor Samiha Fawzy was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry in the Arab Republic of Egypt on January 30, 2011, building on her extensive career in both civil service and academia. Prior to her selection as Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Fawzy held multiple positions across diverse fields, including First Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Industry since July 2004, as well as board member of multiple institutions and committees,

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including the Egyptian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ETRA), the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD), the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), the Egyptian Bank for Exports Development ,the National Council for Women, and the General Authority For Investment. A Professor of Economics at Cairo University as well as Deputy Director of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES), a leading public policy think, Dr. Fawzy is an active contributor to the field of economic research within Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa region as a whole. She has published extensively on various topics, including; trade, industrial economics, investment theories, multi-national corporations and corporate governance.  Dr. Fawzy received her Ph.D in Economics from Cairo University in 1984. She is married with two daughters, four granddaughters and a grandson.

Mohamed Lahouel

Dr. Mohamed Lahouel is currently Chief Economist at the Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai. Previously, he held the positions of Professor of Economics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Dubai School of Government, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean at the University of Tunis, Al Manar, and Visiting Professor at Sorbonne University and Nice Sophia-Antipolis University in France.

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He is also a Research Fellow and former Board member of the Economic Research Forum for Arab countries, and former Board member of the MENA Health Policy Forum.  He has also been member of the Tunisian Socio-Economic Council and Consultant to international institutions such as the World Bank and UNDP. His research and publications have focused on macroeconomic, international trade and competition issues in MENA countries.   Dr. Lahouel holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Pascal Petit

Economist, emeritus research officer CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), attached to the Centre d’Economie de Paris Nord  CEPN ,University  Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité.  He has published books and articles on: a) economic growth , innovation  and  employment , b) structural changes and  institutional dynamics and c) new forms of internationalization and competition.

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– of which    The hardship of nations : exploring the paths of modern capitalism” (Edward Elgar 2006 , edited with  B. Coriat et G. Schmeder),

–  L’économie mondiale en 2030 : ruptures et continuités Economica 2013,edited with    J. Mazier et  D. Plihon

– Challenges for Europe in the world, 2030, Sage Publications , London, edited with John Eatwell and Terry Mc Kinley eds  (2014)

Fathallah Sijilmassi

Fathallah Sijilmassi was appointed Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean on 1 March, 2012. He was re-elected Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean on December 4, 2014. A career Diplomat for the Moroccan Government, he specialises in the field of economic international relations, in particular with regard to Euro-Mediterranean issues.

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He started working in the banking sector as representative of the Banque Commerciale du Maroc in Milan (Italy). His career within the Moroccan administration was then marked by his active role in the negotiations of free trade agreements with the European Union, the United States, and several Arab and African countries.

From 1999 onwards, he has held senior positions within the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Director of Multilateral Cooperation (1999-2001), Director of European Affairs and Ambassador to the Barcelona Euro-Mediterranean Process (2001-2003). In 2003, he was appointed Ambassador to the European Union (2003-2004) and later to France (2005-2009).

In 2009, he becomes CEO of the Moroccan Investment Development Agency, leading its launch and subsequent growth. Fathallah Sijilmassi is an officer of the Légion d´honneur and grand officer in the Ordre National du Mérite of the Republic of France.
He is a graduate in Political Science, holds a PhD in Economics and speaks five languages: Arabic, French, English, Italian and Spanish.
He is married with two children.

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