Sep 30, 2023 to Sep 30, 2023

Algerian expert Rabah Arezki appointed as the World Bank’s Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.12/10/2017.

Algerian expert Rabah Arezki has been appointed as the World Bank’s Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in replacement of Sri Lankan Shanta Devarajan.

Rabah Arezki, former head of the commodities unit of the IMF’s Department of Studies, discussed topics including energy, commodities, international macroeconomics and development economics.

He has led and participated in several missions in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Mr. Arezki is also a non-resident partner of the prestigious American Think Thank, Brookings Institution and the University of Oxford.

This expert, who took office on Tuesday at the World Bank, has published a large number of articles.


PhD Economics European University Institute, 2006.

Visiting Scholar Economics Department Boston University, 2003.

M.Sc. Statistics Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE), 2003.

Previous Experience:

Economist, CEPII, OFCE and CEPREMAP 1999-2000

Referee Activities:

Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review, World Development…

Other Professional Positions:

Non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Treasurer of the African Econometrics Society.

Research Associate, OxCarre, Economics Department, University of Oxford, UK.

Research Affiliate, CESifo Research Network, Munich, Germany

Research Fellow, Economic Research Forum, Cairo, Egypt.

Resource Person (Project Evaluator), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, Kenya.

Research Fellow, Navarra Center for International Development (NCID), University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.