The Associate Committee (AC)  is composed of the EMNES active associate members. The AC role is to contribute to the EMNES research and dissemination activities and to co-funding.

Leila Baghdadi

Leila Baghdadi  is Associate Professor at ESSECT and Member of DEFI. She was Associate Professor of Economics at Tunis Business School (TBS). She held the World Trade Organization Chair at TBS since 2014. She is Senior Fellow at NABES Lab. Leila received her PhD

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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.

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Bouchra Rahmouni Benhida

Bouchra RAHMOUNI BENHIDA is Director of Research, Partnerships and Events at Policy Center for the New South (PCNS). Professor RAHMOUNI is an international affiliated Professor at New York University (Risk of Finance Engineering department) – USA;

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she is also visiting professor at Holy Spirit University – Lebanon. Bouchra is a distinguished Professor of Geopolitics at Grenoble School of Management – France. She is also visiting professor at International trade and Law Institute of Pusan National University – South Korea.

Professor RAHMOUNI contributed in a book titled “Afrique: Terre des nouvelles convoitises“ edited by Ellipse in September 2011. She also took part in a book on women entrepreneurship: “Femme et entrepreneur: c’est possible!” which is published by Pearson in November 2012. Other book titled: «Géopolitique de la Méditerranée ” published in April 2013 by Presses Universitaires de France (PUF) / another book titled “Geopolitique de la condition féminine ” in Major Collection of Presses Universitaire de France, december 2013/”Le basculement économique et géopolitique du monde, le poids et la diversité des pays émergents “” published by l’Harmattan- France,  november 2013.

The book «Geopolitique de la Mediterrannée ” was translated to Japanese, in 2016, by Editions Hakusui-Sha, Tokyo. She manages a book which is devoted to geopolitical, economical, and social Moroccan evolution : “Le Maroc stratégique: Ruptures et permanence d’un Royaume en mouvement”, November 2013, DESCARTES Editions – France.

Professor RAHMOUNI manages another book which is devoted to a geopolitical and geo-economic analysis of Africa and titled “Afrique ; Nouvelle frontière de la croissance, Comprendre, Investir et Entreprendre” edited by Tchnip and Ophrys France, September 2015. She also contributed to the Atlantic Currents, Annual Report on Wider Atlantic perpectives and Patterns, German Marshal Fund and OCP Policy Center by a chapter tittled ; “ Geo Finance in South Altlantic : The role of banks and Sovereign Funds in some emerging economies” , December 2016.

Bouchra gave lectures in world forums and special topics within prestigious institutions in France, Hong Kong, United States, South Korea, Lebanon and Switzerland.

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Ghazi Boulila

Ghazi Boulila is professor of Growth and Development at Higher School of Economic and Commercial Sciences of Tunis. He holds his Ph.D in Economics  from University of Montreal  in 1994. He was the director of the Research center and Financial and

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Monetarist Studies of the Central Bank of Tunisia (August 15th, 2012 – January 31st, 2013), the adviser of the Minister of education (1998-2002) and the Minister for regional development (March 2011 – August 2013). He was on the Board of Directors at Société Tunisienne de Banque.(April 2015 April 2018), vice dean of the Faculty of the Economic studies and Management of Tunis (1997-1998), member of the Scientific commity of the Tunisian Institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies (ITCEQ)  and in charge of a masters of research and director of Research Unit  “Développement Financier et Innovation (DEFI)”.

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Salim Bounou

Salim BOUNOU is full Professor, formerly in charge of Cooperation & International Relations at Euromed University of Fes (UEMF) and currently Dean of Pole of Health at the UEMF. He graduated from Laval University (Canada) with a Master and Ph.D. in Medical Science

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 Microbiology & Immunology (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-Valorization and commercialization Society). Prof. Bounou has taught a number of courses related to medical sciences including the management of the innovation and has been involved in every stage of innovation (project completion, evaluation and strategic patent protection, general counseling on technology transfer in engineering, medical science and related fields). With his experience in education, research management of applied research, Prof. 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. Prof. Bounou is member of the CGEM-Commission R&D and Relationship with the University. He is a Member Expert Panel at Euro Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and President of the National commission of Cloud& Security at Morocco Numeric Cluster.

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Barbara Casu

Professor Barbara Casu is the Director of the Centre for Banking Research at Cass Business School, where she is Professor of Banking and Finance. She is also the Director of the Cass Executive PhD Programme. Her main research interests are in empirical banking,

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financial regulation, structured finance, and corporate governance. Barbara has published widely, with over 40 publications in peer reviewed Journals. She has also written the popular textbook “Introduction to Banking” (Pearson FT), which is widely adopted for banking courses across the world. She has recently co-edited the Palgrave Handbook of European Banking. Outside academia, Professor Casu has been a consultant/visiting researcher at several organizations.

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Ahmet O. Evin

Ahmet O. Evin, founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor Emeritus at Sabanci University, serves as Senior Scholar and Board Member of Istanbul Policy Center. As a Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, he has held the Jean Monnet Chair of European Policy

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Studies, as well as the Anna Lindh-La Caixa Chair for Euro-Mediterranean Studies at Sabanci University. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Columbia University. Professor Evin has been a senior fellow of the Transatlantic Academy (Washington, DC) and an Alexander Onassis Senior Fellow at Eliamep, Athens. He serves on the Advisory Board and is a current senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies Köszeg.

Professor Evin has previously taught at Harvard, NYU, University of Pennsylvania (where he was director of the Middle East Center), the University of Hamburg and Bilkent University (where he headed the Political Science department).

He has served as Director of Education of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (Paris and Geneva), and Advisory Board member of the Aga Khan University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences – East Africa. His corporate management experience includes Philip Morris International.

He has authored or edited over 10 volumes on politics, culture, and development, and currently serves on the editorial boards of five international journals.

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Josep Ferré

Since 2007, Josep Ferré has been Managing Director at the IEMed and Acting Director General since August 2017. He coordinates diverse publications related to the main political, economic, social and cultural issues of the Euro-Mediterranean agenda and assessing Euro-Mediterranean

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relations and policies. He has more than 10 years of experience in conceptualizing and leading research and policy oriented projects and an extensive background in cooperation development programmes. Between 2004 and 2006 Josep Ferré was the Director General of the Spanish Branch of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). Between 2001 and 2004, he was the Executive Secretary of the Azahar Program of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), promoting sustainable development in the Mediterranean. He was Head of Mission of the Spanish International Cooperation in Mauritania (1999-2001) and Programme Coordinator at the Technical Cooperation Office of the Spanish Embassy in Morocco (1995-1999) where he also worked as a Deputy Market Analyst at the Spanish Commercial Office (1994-1995). He was Head of department at the Catalan interprofessional fruit’s organization (1994-1996). Josep Ferré graduated from ETSEAL with a degree in Agronomical Engineer in 1993.

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Angela Gallo

Angela Gallo joined Cass Business School (City, University of London) in 2018 as a lecturer in Finance. Her research interests are in the area of empirical banking, governance and regulation, and structured finance. Prior to joining Cass as a lecturer, Angela was awarded a Marie

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Curie Skłodowska two-year Individual Fellowship under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Union. The grant winning project was on the shadow banking system and the linkages between this system and the traditional banking sector. More recently, she has examined the activities of market-based bankruptcy-remote entities sponsored by traditional banks (ABCP conduits) and explored the potential implications for financial stability deriving from the growth of the demand for safe assets and monetary policy decisions. Angela is currently a member of the Centre for Banking Research at Cass Business School. She regularly teaches courses at undergraduate, master as well as executive level.

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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

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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.

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Claudia Girardone

Claudia Girardone is Professor of Banking and Finance at Essex Business School of the University of Essex. She is also Director of the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) and the School’s Director of Research. Professor Girardone has published over 50 articles on various aspects of

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banking and finance in books and peer-reviewed international journals. She is a co-author of the textbook Introduction to Banking (FT Pearson Education, 2015). She is currently on the editorial board of several journals including the Journal of Financial Economic Policy and The European Journal of Finance. Her current research areas are on banking sector performance and stability, bank corporate governance, the industrial structure of banking and access to finance.

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Zouhair El Kadhi

DR. Zouhair El KADHI is the General Director of the Tunisian Institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies (ITCEQ). He was economic advisor to the Tunisian Ministry of Finance in charge of fiscal and macroeconomic studies. Hi is ex-director of research and studies of the

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Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies and after having been chief economist in the Department of Policy Analysis at the Tunisian institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies.
Mr.ElKadhi holds a PhD, on economics from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (2007), starting his career as a researcher in the Center for Studies in Macroeconomics and International Finance (CEMAFI-Nice) and has worked for five years as an economist at REXECODE – Economic Research Center in Paris.
He has led several economic studies and published in many forums on economics mainly macroeconomic policies for growth and development.

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Moez Labidi

Moez Labidi is a Professor of International Finance and Monetary Policy at Faculty of Economics and Management of Mahdia, University of Monastir, Tunisia. He holds his PhD in Economics from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (1992). In February 2011 he joined the board of directors.

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Since January 2020 he is a member of the License Banking Commission of the central bank of Tunisia.

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Eduard Soler i Lecha

Eduard Soler i Lecha is senior researcher at CIDOB and scientific coordinator of MENARA, a European project on geopolitical shifts in the Middle East and North Africa. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Dr. Soler i Lecha is a

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political scientist and a part-time lecturer in International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and at Ramon Llull-Blanquerna University. From 2013 to 2017 he lead the El Hiwar project on Euro-Arab diplomacy at the College of Europe (Bruges) and in 2010 he was seconded to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor in the Direction General for the Mediterranean, the Maghreb and the Middle East. He has also advised in several occasions the Catalan government and the Barcelona local governments on Euro-Mediterranean affairs. His main areas of expertise are: Euro-Mediterranean relations, Turkey’s foreign and domestic politics, North African and Middle Eastern political dynamics, Spain’s Mediterranean policy and security cooperation in the Mediterranean. He is a member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, FIMAM (the Spanish network of researchers working on Arab and Muslim studies), EuroMeSCo and the advisory boards of Mediterranean Politics and IEMed’s Mediterranean Yearbook.

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Basma Majerbi

Basma is an associate professor at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the operations chair for the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI). Her research examines the importance of currency risk in global equity markets and how exchange risk

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fluctuations affect the pricing of risk in stock markets around the world. She is also interested in issues of integration versus segmentation of financial markets, international diversification benefits into emerging markets, systemic banking crises and financial liberalization. Her past research has been published in leading business journals such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Empirical Finance, and Emerging Markets Review. Basma’s current research looks at the impact of financial system diversity on economic growth and macro-financial stability. Thanks to research funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and BCKDF, she’s working on developing a new global financial database that provides more comprehensive measures of institutional diversity and depth of national financial systems around the world. At Gustavson, Basma teaches international and corporate finance with an underlying foundation of organizational and functional sustainability to graduate and undergraduate students. Since 2011, Basma has also been teaching for the International Monetary Fund’s Institute for Capacity Development and contributes to various executive training courses offered by the Institute to mid-to-senior level government officials from African and Eastern European central banks and ministries of finance. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant for the World Bank, taught finance courses at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, and held various positions in the private sector in Tunisia and Europe. Since 2010, Basma has overseen the calculation of the carbon footprint of Gustavson faculty, staff and students, and has been actively engaged with CSSI in its ongoing efforts to reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

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Hamza Meddeb

Hamza Meddeb is a research fellow at the Middle East Directions Program at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He is also an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Dr Meddeb was a visiting fellow at the European Council

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on Foreign Relations (September-December 2016 a non-resident scholar at Carnegie Middle East Centre (January 2015- March 2016) and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute from 2013 to 2015. ), Dr Meddeb holds a PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris in 2012. His research interests lie in the intersection of political economy, security studies and state-society relations in Tunisia. He is the author of « Peripheral vision. How Europe Can help preserve Tunisia’s fragile democracy », ECFR Policy Memo, January 2017 and « L’Etat d’injustice au Maghreb. Maroc et Tunisie » (With Irène Bono, Béatrice Hibou and Mohamed Tozy), Karthala, Paris, 2015 (Book in French)

Within EMNES project, he focuses on the problematic of the state and its effectiveness in enforcing institutions.

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Moubarack Lô

Former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Senegal. President of the Emergence Institute, specializing in economic and statistical studies and strategic planning. He is also Director General of the Economic Foresight Bureau. Previously, he was Deputy Director in the Cabinet

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of Macky Sall, President of Senegal. He also served as an economic advisor to several Prime Ministers. He is an expert for the UN, the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the African Union. He has served as associate lecturer at the National School of Administration of Senegal and the University Gaston Berger of St. Louis.

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Sami Ben Naceur

Dr. Ben Naceur earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Paris Sorbonne. He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from INSEEC Business School in France, and a MSc. in Management Science in his native Tunisia from the University of Tunis. He has excellent oral and written communication skills with fluency in Arabic, English, and French.

Read MoreDr. Ben Naceur’s research focuses on macroeconomics, development economics, and financial economics. He has published more than 30 research papers in leading economic and finance journals such as World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Financial Stability, International Review of Finance, with more than 4500 citations according to Google Scholar, and he is ranked as one of the most read IMF economists.

Dr. Ben Naceur worked for seventeen years before joining the IMF in academia, research and consulting on the MENA region. His research work has been published in economic and finance journals, industry reports, and newspaper articles. He has presented his work in numerous global and regional conferences and policy fora.

Dr. Ben Naceur worked for two years as a senior economist in the Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD) of the IMF. In this role, he provided intellectual and strategic leadership to the Regional Studies Division of MCD and contributed to the MENA and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook through analytical work on relevant regional issues.

During his two-year tenure as Deputy Director of the IMF-Middle East Center for Economics and Finance, in Kuwait, Dr. Ben Naceur helped identify key policy and economic issues facing the region, and managed the training program of the IMF, World Bank, OECD and WTO in the MENA region. In this capacity, he also organized conferences and regional policy meetings in collaboration with two prominent regional organizations: the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) and the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (AFSED).

As Chief of the Internal Economic Training Unit at the IMF, Dr. Ben Naceur was in charge of designing the intellectual economic agenda of the Fund and managing the IMF’s Internal Economic Training Program, assisted by a team of six very experienced IMF economists and hundreds of renowned scholars.

Currently, Dr. Ben Naceur is the Acting Division Chief of the African Division in the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development (ICD), leading a team of ten economists and short-term consultants in delivering technical assistance and training in macroeconomics and finance to public officials of sub-Saharan African countries, intermediated mostly through the Africa Training Institute in Mauritius.

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Leonidas Paroussos

Leonidas is Managing Director of E3-Modelling and a researcher in the general equilibrium modelling team. He has more than 15 years of experience in modelling and extensive participation in several research and policy oriented projects. He is a Contributor to the

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development of the applied economic model that represents all Mediterranean countries. He is experienced in climate change policy assessment using general equilibrium models, environmental economics, energy economics and transport analysis. He is expert in collecting and reconciliating large datasets following the regular database updates and modelling extensions of a number of applied models.

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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

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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.

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Francesc Rodriguez-Tous

Francesc Rodriguez-Tous received his PhD in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona. Francesc joined Cass Business School in 2016. He has previously worked at the Bank of England, Deutsche Bundesbank, and Banco de España. Francesc’s research is about banking,

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with a particular focus on banking regulation and systemic risk. Francesc is a core member of the Centre for Banking Research and is the editor of the Working Paper series.

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Ibrahim Saif

Dr. Ibrahim Saif is currently the CEO of Jordan Strategy Forum; previously, he served as the Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources from March 2015 to June 2017, and the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation from March 2013 until March 2015. Prior to his

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appointment as a Minister, Saif was a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, and served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other international organizations. Saif was also a Former Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, and served as the Secretary General of the Economic and Social Council in Jordan. He has taught at both the University of London and Yale University, where he led courses on the economies of the Middle East.

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Carlo Sessa

Carlo Sessa is Vice President and Board member of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and Research Director and former President of the Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems of Rome (ISINNOVA). Before joining the Institute in 1983, he has

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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.

For EMNES, he is developing the foresight framework.

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Habib Zitouna

Habib Zitouna was the General Director of the Tunisian Institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies (ITCEQ) part of the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation. He is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and

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Management of Nabeul, member of the Research Unit MASE (University of Carthage), and General Secretary of the Tunisian Association of Economists (ASECTU). He holds a PhD in International Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 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, International Economics, Review of International Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Applied Economics or the Journal of Economic Integration. He has also participated to different studies and research projects for national, regional and international institutions. In EMNES, he is the administrative and scientific leader of the ITCEQ team and he contributes to the research on trade economics.

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