Abdelhamid Benhmade


Abdelhamid Benhmade
French Coordinator and NERG Fellow, Open AIR

Ph.D. candidate (development studies)


Abdelhamid Benhmade is the French Coordinator and a NERG Fellow at Open AIR at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa.

As an affiliate of the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR), Abdelhamid Benhmade is interested in urban innovation systems and informal entrepreneurship. Abdelhamid Benhmade is pursuing his doctoral studies in international development at the University of Ottawa's School of International Development and Globalization. He specializes in development, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Abdelhamid Benhmade focuses on two main areas of research, namely the geo-economics of global cities and international entrepreneurship. His passion for international business led him to conduct a thesis on global cities and their functions in the internationalization of enterprises. His research on the economic functions of African global cities is one of ten research projects selected by the International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020, organized by Global Affairs Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 

Currently, Abdelhamid Benhmade is the Director of Africa Relations at ICCCASU, an African, Canadian and Chinese think tank on inclusive and sustainable urbanization. In addition, he is a senior researcher with RQMI, a Quebec-based network that acts and advocates for inclusive and sustainable alter-globalization. As such, some of his publications take a critical look at free trade, including his latest article published in Le Devoir and his column published by La Presse

In addition, Abdelhamid Benhmade works as an external consultant for On Think Tank (OTT) and the Réseau pour l’innovation sociale et écologique (RISE). He has a number of academic publications to his credit, the most recent of which is the co-direction of a collective work entitled: Enjeux et défis du développement international. The result of a successful collaboration between 83 scientists from around the world, it is one of the few French-language works to cover all development issues.

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