Najy Benhassine

Najy Benhassine is the Practice Manager for the Middle East & North Africa Region for the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group. Prior to his appointment in this position, he was the global Manager of the Business Regulations practice for the World Bank Group.

Previously, Mr. Benhassine was based in Rabat, Morocco between 2007 and 2011 and was in charge of the private sector development portfolio of the Maghreb for the World Bank. He also worked on education, land reform and health service delivery. An Algerian national, he joined the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. in 2001, after working with McKinsey and Co and teaching at the Swiss Graduate Institute of International Studies.

Mr. Benhassine is the co-author of the 2009 World Bank flagship publication on the private sector in the MENA region, From Privilege to Competition.

He is a graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the Paris Graduate School of Management, the Paris School of Economics and holds a PhD in Economics from MIT.

Content by Najy Benhassine
  • Blog post

    Enhancing the benefits of formalisation under a new status in Benin

    Providing information and assistance to informal firms increases formalisation, but the cost of the intervention is likely prohibitively high Existing evidence suggests that easing entry regulations and providing information on the formalisation process has had only a very limited impact on the formalisation of existing informal firms, especially with regards to tax...

    26 Sep 2017 | Najy Benhassine, David McKenzie, Victor Pouliquen, Massimiliano Santini