Néjib Ayachi is an adjunct professor in the Global Affairs Program. He has extensive experience as an international development consultant to development organizations and agencies such as the World Bank, USAID and the African Development Bank. He is founder and president of the Maghreb Center, an academic think-tank on North African affairs. Ayachi has taught at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (Francophone studies), and in the department of political science/international relations of George Washington University in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in English & American Studies, a Masters degree and a doctoral degree (3ème cycle) in political science from the University of the Sorbonne, in Paris, France. His areas of interest include state formation, political Islam, political economy of development, economic and political development of the Middle East and North Africa, globalization and the Arab Spring, and endogenous African development. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic, with a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.