Néjib Ayachi


Néjib Ayachi, founder and president of the Maghreb Center, is a political scientist who combines academic teaching, professional training, and international development consulting.

Ayachi has many years of work experience with International Development organizations and agencies, including the World Bank, and occasionally the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on issues related to governance, decentralization, institutional development, social development, policy reform, knowledge management, and globalization and development.

Nejib Ayachi experience in training in international development and global affairs includes developing curricula and conducting seminars on a variety of development-related topics, sponsored by The World Bank, USAID, and UNDP, and attended by developing country officials/civil servants, and implemented at the USDA Graduate School’s International Institute for Training and Education. At the same Institute, Ayachi developed and implemented a Certificate Program in Global Affairs tailored to the needs of US Federal Government employees, covering topics pertaining to contemporary developments in World Affairs, relating to economic, legal, and environmental issues, and global governance.

As regards his teaching experience, Ayachi taught politics and languages at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, where he lectured on North African affairs; and international relations at George Washington University. In 2015, Ayachi joined the faculty of the Global Affairs program at George Mason University where he teaches courses in Global Affairs, and in International Development.

Ayachi is also a frequent lecturer on North African issues. His media appearances include interviews on various news programs related to North African affairs (Al-Jazeera, Arabic and English programs, BBC World News, Al-Hurra TV, Radio Pacifica, CCTV, and others).

  Néjib Ayachi holds a BA in English and American Studies, a Master’s degree and a doctoral degree (‘Troisieme cycle’) in political science from the University of the Sorbonne, in Paris, France. His areas of interest include the political economy of development focusing on the MENA region and Africa; globalization and development; state-building processes and institutional development; peace security and development in the Maghreb-Sahel; North African history and politics; political Islam; and African endogenous development. He is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, with a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian

 Email: nejibayachi@maghrebcenter.org

The Maghreb Center: Fostering Understanding and Development of the Maghreb and the Sahel
•  Washington DC, USA  •  Email: administration@maghrebcenter.org   

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