Landry SigneLandry Signé PhD


Cameroon

 

Occupational Information


Job Title: Founding Co-Director of Thunderbird’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Initiative and Globalization 4.0 Initiative at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management

Professional History


Professor Landry Signé is a world-renowned and award-winning scholar and leading practitioner in the areas of global political economy, global governance and sustainable development, global business and emerging markets, strategic management and leadership, fragility, state capacity, and policy implementation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Globalization 4.0, and Africa. Professor Signé 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 his discipline and won more than sixty awards and distinctions from four continents for his academic, policy, business, and leadership accomplishments.

In addition to his positions at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Brookings Institution, he is a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, the Chairman of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, and a senior adviser to top global leaders (presidential, prime minister, and C-suite levels) in business, policy, and international affairs. He has been on numerous boards and councils including for the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, Ampion Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa, and the African Union, was a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum YGL Board Governance Initiative (improving board governance in leading public and private corporations, and non-profit organizations), Professor & Former Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on International Affairs at UAA, among others. Professor Signé was also a visiting scholar or has taught across the world, including at the universities of Oxford, Stanford, Georgetown, Montreal, Ottawa, Witwatersrand, as well as the Sub-Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Central Africa, Mohamed VI and HEC Paris School of Management.

Professor Landry Signé’s achievements have been recognized internationally with dozens of distinctions for his accomplishments as an extraordinary professor, prolific author and cutting-edge scholar, influential public intellectual, exemplary and dedicated academic leader, innovative entrepreneur, and sought-after strategic thinker, problem-solver, board member, and keynote speaker. He was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for “finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues,” an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for being one of the “most creative thinkers,” a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Fellow for “preeminent scholarship uniting the world of ideas to the world of policy,” and one of JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World for “extraordinary achievements and dedication exemplifying the best attributes and leadership in academia.”

As a pioneer in 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 authoritative publications with leading academic presses such as Cambridge University Press (CUP), including Unlocking Africa’s Business Potential: Trends, Opportunities, Risks, and Strategies (Brookings Institution Press, 2020). His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, CNBC, Forbes, and Harvard International Review, among others.

Qualifications


Bachelor of Science in Political Science  from Jean Moulin Lyon III University
Master's in Political Science from Jean Moulin Lyon III University
Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Montreal
Stanford University Postdoctoral Studies in Political Science
Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education

Program


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


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Featured News

Norman Smit
07 October 2022

Seven Tutu Fellows have been selected for the prestigious 2022 Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders of Tomorrow list and a further 11 the Top 200 list. The Choiseul 100 Africa is an annual study independently carried out by the Institut Choiseul.

It identifies and ranks the young African leaders of 40 years old and younger, who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development in the near future.  It includes business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and more who embody the dynamism and renewal of the continent.

Norman Smit
03 October 2022

2013 Tutu Fellow Danladi Verheijen has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council’s new Freedom and Prosperity Center.  The Atlantic Council is an international affairs think tank that favours a close relationship between North America and Europe on political, economic and defense issues. It manages sixteen regional centers and functional programs related to international security and global economic prosperity.

The news of the appointment was shared by Danladi on his Linkedin page.

Norman Smit
26 September 2022

2014 Tutu Fellow Sello Hatang rang the Opening Bell on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday 23 September at 9:30 AM. 

Sello, who is the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, rang the bell to honor the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela, who had also rung the NYSE bell twenty years previously and was welcomed by the NYSE.

After the bell, Sello sat down for an interview about the work of the foundation and some of the ambitious goals it has.

Norman Smit
22 September 2022

2022 Tutu Fellow Bilha Ndirangu has been named to the inaugural cohort of young climate practitioners of the Yale Emerging Climate Leaders Fellowship program.

This eight-month program offers an opportunity for 16 young climate and clean energy practitioners from across the Global South to broaden their technical skills, deepen their professional networks, and exchange views with top global clean energy and climate change leaders.

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Tutu Fellowship COVID-19 News

Tutu Fellows have been active in addressing the challenges Africa is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.  We have a new section highlighting some of the work being done by the Fellowship.
 

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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