Mohammed Akacem, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. For more than 20 years, he has been studying the fundamentals of global economics with a special emphasis on energy.
Akacem worked as an economist for the African Development Bank, the Algerian Ministry of Energy, an Algerian oil company and the Saudi Fund for Development. He also worked on research projects on world oil market issues at the International Center for Energy and Economic Development in Boulder, CO. Akacem has direct experience with Middle East policies and economic development, OPEC, oil issues, global banking and the international economy.
He has been teaching at MSU Denver since 1991. Akacem has received the Golden Key Award for research in 1998, as well as the Distinguished Service Award for the 2006-07 academic year for his work during the past 15 years. He has also published locally in The Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post and The Denver Business Journal. His articles have appeared nationally in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, and overseas in French in Jeune Afrique (France). In addition, Akacem has published in refereed journals in the areas of banking, finance, and energy. He speaks at conferences on these topics both in the United States and overseas.
Akacem received his doctorate in economics in 1981, a masters in economics in 1979 and a bachelor’s with honors in economics in 1976 from the University of Colorado, Boulder.