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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Norman Smit
21 June 2022

2017 Tutu Fellow Mimi Kalinda recounts how the big story that revolved around Archbishop Desmond Tutu as she was growing up was courage, and really being fearless. And also timely leadership. Leadership is contextual and time-sensitive, she says. In this Tutu Talk, hear how Mimi dedicates herself to building a critical mass of African stories that need to be told.  Mimi is a communications professional and entrepreneur. 

TutuTalks are a series collaboration between the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the African Leadership Institute, and it is a platform for African leaders who embody the values and ethics displayed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu throughout his life of service.

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In this TutuTalk in the series collaboration between the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the African Leadership Institute, Hopewell Chin'ono, a 2008 Tutu Fellow and award-winning Zimbabwean journalist explains how he switched his goals from law to journalism and the ethical underpinning beneath that decision.

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The first Tutu Talk of 2022 - in partnership with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation - features Aidan Eyakuze, a 2006 Tutu Fellow and Executive Director of TWAWEZA East Africa. Hear how this Tanzanian activist unpacks the essence of courageous leadership and the humility needed to do what is just.

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The African Leadership Institute is pleased to announce the Associates who have been selected for the 2022 Class of the Tutu Fellowship programme. As has been the case with previous cohorts, the people selected are exceptional emerging African leaders. AFLI received more than 330 nominations of outstanding quality from across Africa, from which the cohort was selected. They are from the following countries: Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

A few candidates are included this year who were selected in 2020 but who could not attend that cohort due to COVID restrictions. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s young people, which bodes well for Africa’s future.

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Tutu Fellowship COVID-19 News

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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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