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Researcher and CIRANO Fellow since 2013 Antoine Ayoub is Professor Emeritus at Laval University, Department of Economics. Mr. Ayoub holds a law degree from the University of Damascus (1957) and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris (1961). Professor of Economics at the University of Aleppo and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Economics (1963-1968). Visiting Professor at the University of Paris (1969). Professor at Laval University since 1969 and Founding Director of GREEN (Research Group on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Economics) from 1973 to 1988, Visiting Professor at Paris-Dauphine University (1979), Aix-Marseille University (1984). Associate Professor at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) since 1987. He is Founding Chairman of the International Colloquia on Petroleum Economics (eleven since 1973) and Founding Chairman of the Petroleum Economics Seminars for African Senior Executives (eight since 1980). Guest lecturer at more than twenty universities in Europe, America, the Middle East and Africa, between 1980 and 1983, Professor Ayoub was Chairman of the Board of Directors of SOQUIP (Société Québécoise d'Initiatives Pétrolières). Until 1999, he was a director of SOQUIP. Consultant and advisor to the Ford Foundation (1965-1967), the Quebec Ministry of Lands and Forests (1970-1971), the OECD (1970), the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in Ottawa (1973), the Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources since 1973, the Ministry of Finance (1976), Sema-Metra International and UNIDO (1977), the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs (1978-1979), the United Nations, New York (1981), Phibro-Salomon Brothers', Paris and New York (1980-1983), Sigmoil Resources, Geneva (1984-1988), Petro-Canada International (1983-1984 and 1986-1987), the World Bank (1989), ONREP, Morocco (1984-1987), EDF-GDF, Paris (1996-1999). Author and editor of a dozen books in Arabic, French and English and some 50 scientific articles and reports. Professor Ayoub is a Member of the Order of Canada, Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor, Commander in the Order of Academic Palms, Member of the Order of Francophones of America and recipient of the Medal of Honor of the Collège de France.