Prof. Rym Ayadi
Professor at the City University of London Business School, International Expert on Inclusive and Sustainable Socio-economic Models and Financial Architecture and Regulation, Founder and President of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES)
Professor Rym Ayadi is Professor at the Business School and Senior Scholar at Centre for Banking Research (CBR) of the City University in London, U.K. and Associated Scholar at the Centre for Relationship Banking and Economics (CERBE) at LUMSA University in Rome. She is the Founder and President of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), and Founder and Scientific Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES). She is also a Senior Advisor at the Economic Policy Unit of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Professor Ayadi’s fields of expertise include inclusive and sustainable economic models, international financial systems, financial markets and institutions, global financial regulation, governance and consumer protection, and socio-economic development and foresight in economies in transition.
Her current research focuses on the redesign of a global, stable, sustainable, and inclusive financial system that better serves economic and societal long-term objectives. Her current research also has a particular emphasis on the diversity of corporate and business models, private-public partnerships and the conditions for their success, SME financing and the role of financial markets to achieve developmental objectives, the impacts on business models in finance, and the role of financial regulation, resolution, and impacts on incentives in the financial market. She also works on economies in transition, economic policy developments, and foresight. In 2020, she led the EMEA COVID-19 Policy Initiative and initiated a research program on economic resilience.
Professor Ayadi is an international academic expert in several international high- level academic and advisory committees and boards. She is an Academic Member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ESFRC), a shadow academic group of professors of law, finance, and economics working on international financial regulation and financial stability. She is also a member of the European Banking Authority (EBA) Banking Stakeholders Group (BSG) of which she was elected Chair in February 2019, the European Commission’s Financial Services Users Group (FSUG), the European Parliament - Economic and Financial Committee and Committee on Foreign Affairs (EP Think Tank), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), and an invited expert in international organisations including OECD and IMF, among others. She is also a member of Finance Watch (FW) a Brussels-based NGO that strives to make finance serve society since its set-up. She is also the Founder and Co-chair of the International Workshop on Financial System Architecture and Stability (IWFSAS), an Annual Conference that provides a forum for academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss current issues related to the structure and design of financial systems and their impact on macro-financial stability and sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Previously, from 2013 to 2018, Rym served as Professor of International Business and Finance at the Department of International Business, as Director and Board Member of the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins Institute for Cooperatives aimed to enhance knowledge and research on the role of cooperatives in the economies, and as Founding Director of the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) at HEC Montreal, Canada. She was also a Senior Research Advisor at the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) from 2015 to 2019 in Piran, Slovenia, and was a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Research of the Financial Institutions Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a policy think tank in Brussels, from 2001 to 2013.
She served as an academic senior expert member of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) Stakeholder Group between 2011 and 2013. She was the promoter and director of the Mediterranean Prospects Research Network (MEDPRO), an international research network for foresight analysis in the Euro-Mediterranean region, between 2009 and 2013, funded by the Seventh Framework Program of the EU. She was also Vice President of the European Financial Inclusion Network (EFIN), a European network that promotes mutual learning on financial inclusion which currently part of Finance Watch.
She has authored several books and scholarly articles on her areas of expertise and is a member of several editorial boards. Rym Ayadi holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from University Paris Dauphine.
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