rofessor Landry Signé is a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program and Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, Curator of the World Economic Forum's Africa Transformation Map, Chairman of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity (think tank and do tank committed to accelerate Africa’s transformation), Senior Adviser to top global leaders in politics, business, and international affairs, and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum YGL Board Governance Initiative (improving board governance in leading public and private corporations, and non-profit organizations). He was previously a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, president of a strategy firm, and global adviser at AMPION Catalyst for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the emerging world, and member of numerous boards.
Professor Signé is a world-renowned professor of political economy (received the fastest reported tenure and promotion to the highest rank of full professor in the history of United States universities, for a scholar who started at an entry-level position in the discipline), leader in global political economy, development, business, and African affairs, prolific author, influential public intellectual, innovative entrepreneur, and one of the most sought-after strategic thinkers, problem solvers, and keynote speakers in his field in the world. He is the recipient of over sixty awards and distinctions from four continents, for his academic, policy, business, and leadership achievements. He has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for “finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues,” Andrew Carnegie fellow for being one of the “most creative thinkers,” Desmond Tutu fellow for driving “the transformation of Africa,” Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Fellow for his preeminent scholarship “uniting the world of ideas to the world of policy,” and one of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World.
As a pioneer in the Silicon Valley, he is the first to have taught at Stanford an award-winning course presenting Africa as a continent of economic opportunities (Emerging African Markets: Strategies, Investments and Government Affairs). He is also the author of numerous leading publications on Global and Africa economic, political, technological, and business transformation, including books such as “Innovating Development Strategies in Africa: The Role of International, Regional and National Actors”(2017) and “African Development, African Transformation: How Institutions Shape Development Strategy,” (2018) both published by Cambridge University Press, and the forthcoming book “Unlocking Africa’s Tremendous Business Potential: Trends, Opportunities, Risks, and Winning Strategies,” (2019) to be released by Brookings Institution Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Harvard International Review, among others.
Professor Signé was educated in Cameroon (with honors and distinction; Vogt College), in France (valedictorian and salutatorian; University of Lyon 3, Sciences Po Paris, Sandar Institute), in Canada (received a series of awards and fellowships for the best doctoral performance; McGill University and University of Montreal), earned his PhD from the University of Montreal (awarded the Best International PhD Dissertation), and completed his postdoctoral studies at Stanford University (Banting fellowship for best and brightest researchers internationally). He has also completed executive business and leadership programs at the University of Oxford Said School of Business (Tutu fellowship) and Harvard Kennedy School (World Economic Forum fellowship).