Karim El Aynaoui is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. He is also Managing Director of OCP
Policy Center, a think tank based in Rabat and serves as advisor to the CEO and
Chairman of OCP Group, a global leader in the phosphate sector. From 2005 to
2012, he worked at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco.
He was the Director of Economics and International Relations, where he
provided strategic leadership in defining and supporting monetary policy analysis
and strategy. He was also in charge of the Statistical and International Relations
Divisions of the Central Bank, led the research division and was a member of the
Governor’s Cabinet. Before joining Bank Al-Maghrib, Karim El Aynaoui worked
for eight years at the World Bank, both in its Middle Eastern and North Africa,
and Africa regions as an economist.
He has published papers, books and articles in scientific journals on
macroeconomic issues in developing countries. Recently, he co-authored a book
outlining a growth strategy for Morocco and was the guest editor of a special
issue on food price volatility in Oxford Economic Papers. Karim El Aynaoui is a
board member of the OCP Foundation, a member of the Strategic Advisory
Board of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and a member of
the COP22 Scientific Committee. He also participates in the Malabo-Montpellier
Panel, a group of international agriculture experts who guide policy choices that accelerate progress towards food and nutritional security in Africa. Karim El Aynaoui holds a PhD in Economics from the University of
Bordeaux, where he taught courses for three years in statistics and economics.