Néjib Ayachi

 Scholar and Consultant in Global Affairs and International Development  


Nejib  Ayachi is a political scientist with additional training in economics, who combines academic teaching, professional training, and international development consulting with International Development organizations and agencies, such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  He is currently with the World Bank Research Department as a political economist, and a practitioner professor in international development and global affairs at George Mason University (GMU).

Prof. Ayachi has been a faculty member at GMU in the Global Affairs program since 2015, where he teaches courses that he created and developed on ‘Globalization and the Political Economy of Development in the MENA Region’; and ‘Globalization and the Political Economy of Development in Africa‘. Other courses developed dealing with contemporary issues in global affairs include: ‘The History, Politics, and Economics of North Africa, and the Triggering of the Arab Spring’; ‘The Security-Development Nexus, Focusing on the Maghreb-Sahel Regions of Africa’; and ‘Globalization and the Rise of Nationalism and Populism in Europe in a Comparative Perspective’.

Nejib Ayachi experience in training in International Development and in Global Affairs includes developing curricula and conducting seminars on a variety of development-related topics, sponsored by The World Bank, USAID and UNDP, attended by developing countries 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 in various agencies, covering topics pertaining to developments in World Affairs, focusing on economic, legal, environmental, and global governance issues. When he first moved to Washington more than two decades ago, Nejib Ayachi taught in the French language, culture, and politics department of the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute; and, briefly, International Relations at George Washington University.

In international development, his diverse areas of expertise include the political economy of development strategies, projects, and reforms; policy reforms; governance; decentralization; institutional development; social development, knowledge management (including Indigenous Knowledge for Development in Africa); and export promotion and international trade. His regional expertise includes the MENA region, Africa, and Western Europe.

Ayachi is also the founder and president of the Maghreb Center, an academic think-tank based in Washington, DC focusing on North Africa and the Sahel region political, economic, and security issues. Ayachi manages the Center and provides strategic and operational guidance for activities, and organizes and participates in Maghreb Center conferences and lecture series held at The World Bank, Georgetown University, SAIS, GMU, and the National Press Club, and is the Editor of the Maghreb Center publications.

Néjib Ayachi holds Master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of the Sorbonne, and has a BA in English and American Studies from the University of Paris 8, in addition to a business economics certificate from the French Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

His academic areas of interest include the long-term historical evolution of the world-economy, the political economy of development, with a focus on the MENA region and Africaglobalization and development; post-“Arab Spring” uprisings and prospects for a shift in the development paradigm; post-colonial state-building processes and institutional development; peace security and development in the Maghreb-Sahel; North African history and politics; political Islam; African endogenous development; and globalization and the political and economic roots of populism. Néjib Ayachi is fluent in English and French, with an upper-intermediate proficiency in Arabic, and a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.

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