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Project Coordinator


 Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA)

EMEA is an independent and innovative research institution bringing together leading economists and high-level international and local experts to to promote sustainability, inclusiveness, and regional economic integration and prosperity across the Euro-Mediterranean region and Africa. It strives to contribute to the rethinking of the Euro-Mediterranean and African partnerships in view of changing realities and the new dynamics of an emerging multi-polar world.

EMEA Team Members

Rym Ayadi

Rym Ayadi

Professor Rym Ayadi is Founder and President of EMEA, and the Director of the CREACT4MED project. She is also Founder and Director of the EU-Mediterranean and African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES), Senior Advisor at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), and Professor at the Bayes Business School, City University of London.

George Christopoulos

George Christopoulos

George Christopoulos is Intelligence and Communications Officer at EMEA. He has over 20 years of experience as a geostrategic intelligence analyst, and communications and marketing manager, in various companies and organizations.

Maria Ruiz de Cossío

Maria Ruiz de Cossío

Maria Ruiz de Cossío is the Project Manager for the CREACT4MED project. She holds a degree in International Business from the University of Barcelona, and has experience managing multiple international projects, initiatives and events covering different parts of the life sciences and healthcare value chain in Catalonia and internationally.

Yeganeh Forouheshfar

Yeganeh Forouheshfar

Yeganeh Forouheshfar is an economist and researcher at EMEA, and is leading the mapping activity of the CREACT4MED project. She holds two Masters in Applied Mathematics and International Economics, and a PhD in Economics.

Project Partners


The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) is a think and do tank specialised in Euro-Mediterranean relations. It provides policy-oriented and evidence-based research underpinned by a genuine Euromed multidimensional and inclusive approach.


The Union of Mediterranean Confederation of Enterprises (BUSINESSMED) is the main representative of the private sector that reflects the interest of 24 Confederations of Enterprises from States members of the Union for the Mediterranean - UfM.


The Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) is a non-profit organisation committed to the promotion of innovation and the enhancement of the entrepreneurial spirit. It is a leading Center of Excellence in European Entrepreneurship and a fast-growing Digital Innovation Hub.

Redstart Tunisie

Redstart Tunisie is the strategic partner of innovative SMEs and startups within the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tunisia. It is an accelerator and incubator that supports entrepreneurs to achieve their goals and ensure the sustainable development of their companies.

LUMSA University

Libera Università degli Studi Maria Ss. Assunta di Roma (LUMSA University) is a public non-state Italian university founded in 1939. With around 400 internationally recognised tutors, the University provides both qualified education for young people and professional development programs for mature students. Programs are designed to deliver specific high-level technical and cultural skills. 

MED Confederation

The MED Confederation’s main objective is to facilitate and develop cooperation and economic integration, social progress and cultural exchange between the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.

Positive Agenda Advisory

Positive Agenda Advisory is a strategy and development consulting firm based in Rabat (Morocco). It aims to provide a strategic platform of expertise and networks for the benefit of the realization of the objectives and ambitions of ur customers.

Beyond Group

Beyond Group brings together three specialized, change-driven practices and an international alliance of like-minded organizations as we serve global partners through Meaningful Consulting, a human-centric journey that aims at achieving deep change within governments, organizations and communities at the level of ideas, systems and practices.


The Federation of Mediterranean Businesswomen Associations (AFAEMME) was launched in 2002 in Barcelona (Spain), currently comprised of 61 businesswomen organisations from 24 Mediterranean countries. It is a coordinator business, gender equality projects and research; a networking platform for businesswomen and women entrepreneurs; and a Lobby for strengthening gender equality.


Founded in 2016, Womenpreneur has trained over 16,000 women and convened more than 40 global initiatives (focus on entrepreneurship and technology) across the world to support visibility, social impact, and resources for women. Committed to helping women tap into the power of new technologies as full members of the digital revolution, we are currently active in 23 countries and continuously advise the United Nations and European Union, corporate, and other international institutions on women’s empowerment, inclusion, diversity, and gender policy.