Rabah Arezki

Chief Economist & Vice President at African Development Bank, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School

Rabah Arezki is the former Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management at the African Development Bank and a senior fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he was the Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank. He was also the Chief of the Commodities Unit in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also an external research associate at the University of Oxford, research fellow at the CESifo and the Economic Research Forum, and a resource person for the African Economic Research Consortium. Mr. Arezki is the author and co-author of numerous academic journal publications and other publications, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal, the European Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Development Economics and Economic Policy. Mr. Arezki’s research covers a wide array of topics energy and commodities markets, the macro-development resource rich countries, the economics of the Middle East and Africa, institutions, human capital, innovation and economic growth. Mr. Arezki is the co-editor, and co-author of five books including Beyond the Curse: Policies to Harness the Power of Natural Resources, Commodity Price Volatility and Inclusive Growth in Low-Income Countries, Shifting Commodity Markets in a Globalized World, Coping with the Climate Crisis: Mitigation Policies and Global Coordination and Rethinking the Macroeconomics of Resource Rich Countries. Many of Mr. Arezki’s research papers have been published or cited extensively in academic circles and in prominent media outlets such as the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Project Syndicate, and the Washington Post. Mr. Arezki is also a frequent contributor to Finance and Development magazine, VoxEU, an associate editor of the Revue d’Economie du Développement and was until recently the Editor of the IMF Research Bulletin. Mr. Arezki received his M.S. from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique in Paris , M.A. from the University of Paris-1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute.