Rami Abdelkafi , PhD, is a senior research economist and training specialist at the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI). He joined the Islamic Development Bank in August 2008 and has accumulated extensive experience in the field of economic development. Prior to this, Rami worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Sfax in Tunisia. He earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Nice, France, in 2002. His areas of expertise are economic growth and development, Islamic economics and finance and macroeconomic policies.