Rym Ayadi is Professor of International Business and Finance at HEC Montreal (since 2013), Director of the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) (since 2014) and Board Member of the International Research Institute on Cooperatives (since 2013).

She is Honorary Professor at CASS Business School, City University of London and Member of the Centre for Banking Research (CBR) (since 2017).

She is the founding president of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (since 2012).

She is the founder and the scientific director of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (since 2015).

She is Senior Research Advisor at the Euro-Mediterranean University (since 2014).

She was Senior Research Fellow and Head of Research of the Financial Institutions Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (2001-2014) and the Director of the International Research Institute on Cooperatives (2014-2017).


HEC Montréal is an academic institution solidly rooted in its community and open to the world. It is an internationally reputed business school that contributes to society’s prosperity by providing leadership in all its spheres of activity, i.e. teaching at all levels, research and serving the community.





The international research institute on cooperative is an academic research institution that aims to develop cross-cutting-edge research and knowledge in the filed of financial cooperatives and stimulates research on non-financial cooperatives.







The international research center on cooperative finance is a research institution that aims to promote a sustainable financial system with a particular focus on the role of financial services cooperatives


One of Europe’s leading business schools – Part of City, University of London, Sir John Cass Business School is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation.




Aimed at contributing to the changing realities in the Euro-Mediterranean region, the Euro Mediterranean Economists Association is a not-for – profit organization that brings together leading economists and high-level experts to think for the future of the Mediterranean. It serves as a leading forum for debate on the political and socio-economic reforms in the north, south, east and west Mediterranean with the aim to promote inclusion, sustainability and regional economic integration. It will strive to contribute to the rethinking of the Euro-Mediterranean policies in view of the new dynamics of a multi-polar world.


The Euro-Mediterranean University was established in 2008, as one of the priority projects of the Union for the Mediterranean. It has become an international institution, which gathers expert knowledge and experience of the Euro-Mediterranean countries and thus contributes in a significant way to the creation of a unified, integrated Euro-Mediterranean higher education and research area.

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Founded in Brussels in 1983, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union. CEPS serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs, but its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world.