Karim El Aynaoui, dean of the faculty of Social Sciences of Mohamed VI Polytechnic University in Benguerir, is the Managing Director of OCP Policy Center, a think tank based in Rabat, Morocco. He also serves as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP Group, a Moroccan company that is a global leader in the phosphate sector. From 2008 to 2012, he was Director of Economics and International Relations at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco, where he helped develop monetary policy analysis and strategy. Prior to that, he was an economist at the World Bank for eight years, in its Middle East, North Africa, and Africa regions.
El Aynaoui has published a number of articles and books. He is a board member of the OCP Foundation, member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and member of the COP22 Scientific Committee. He is also member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel, a group of leading African and European experts in the fields of agriculture, ecology, nutrition, public policy and global development. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux, where he taught statistics and economics for three years.