Rym Ayadi is Professor of International Banking and Financial Systems at HEC Montreal and Director of the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance.

She is the founder of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association, a not-for- profit organization that strives to contribute to the rethinking of the Euro-Mediterranean policies and the development of inclusive and sustainable socio-economic models in the region in view of the new dynamics of a multi-polar world.

She is also Senior Research Advisor at the Euro-Mediterranean University.

Prior to that she was Senior Research Fellow and Head of Research of the Financial Institutions Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies.

She served as Scientific Director of an international research network on the prospective analysis in the Mediterranean (MEDPRO – Mediterranean Prospects Research Network)

She published several books, scholarly articles and policy papers on her areas of research. She served as senior expert member of several high-level groups in the European Commission (ILEG (Insolvency Law Expert Group), FINUSE (Financial Users Expert Group), Euro-Mediterranean Charter of Enterprise high-Level Group, and others), as external expert to the European Parliament (Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and Foreign Policy Committee) and invited expert in international organizations (e.g. UN, OECD, IMF, WB, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)), academic expert member of the EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group- (2010- 2013). She is member in several editing boards of scientific journals (e.g. Journal of Financial Economic Policy). She is Vice President of the European Financial Inclusion Network (EFIN), a European network that promotes mutual learning on financial inclusion.

Previously, she was senior lecturer of international financial institutions and markets, and financial and risk analysis at Post-graduate level at the International Business School in the Isle of Man. Prior to that, she worked as an economist at the French banking association and at the European Commission in Directorate General Economics and Financial Affairs and lectured industrial economics and game theory at the University of Lille II and at the University Paris Dauphine.

Ayadi holds a PhD in Economics and Finance from University Paris Dauphine.