Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Prof. Landry Signé is a multiple award-winning international and comparative political economist, innovational social entrepreneur, and advocate for good governance and economic empowerment in Africa. He is a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies; the founding chairman of the award-winning Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity; professor of political science at UAA; partner and global chief strategy officer at an African-focused investment firm financing and unlocking the value of breakout technology-enabled companies in Sub-Saharan Africa; faculty of emerging African markets at the Business Department of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies; senior non-resident fellow at OCP Policy Center; visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (2012), and special adviser to global leaders on business, international and African affairs.
Prof. Signé was recently honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Private Investors for Africa Fellow, Banting Fellow for “the best and brightest researchers in the world,” Top 35 Africans Under 35 in International Affairs, JCI Ten Outstanding Persons of the World, and Archbishop Tutu Fellow that “drives the transformation of Africa,” as well as was bestowed the UAA Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, the UAA Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Governor General (Commander-in-Chief) of Canada Award for exceptional contributions to society, and the the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader Award as “rising leaders […] in the world of politics and business,” by the German Marshall Fund of the United State. Previously, Landry was founding president of Axcentis International Inc., a business strategy and development firm based in Montreal and have taught at the Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ISSEA-Yaoundé/Cameroon) and the universities of Montreal and Ottawa. He has also served on the boards of directors or advisors of organizations such as AMPION Catalyst for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Youth Leadership Observatory, Citizens Governance Initiative, and the United Nations Association of Canada–Montreal.
His current work particularly focuses on the political economy of development, emerging markets, and the transformation of African economies, governance, political processes, development (including MDGs, NEPAD, and SDGs), policy implementation, and management of natural resources in least developed countries, explaining successful and failed trajectories. He initiated an innovative Stanford Continuing Studies course bringing top executives, entrepreneurs, investors and the Stanford community together to spur business strategies for African markets, and won The African Network’s Outstanding Visionary Leadership Award for his “pioneering role in promoting entrepreneurial opportunities, accountable governance and economic development for Africa in the Silicon Valley and North America”.
He has authored or co-authored more than 27 manuscripts, including books, book chapters, articles, and ongoing working papers. He has also drafted about 30 high-level strategic notes and policy briefs to global leaders and institutions. Prof. Signé has given over 50 conference and guest presentations, including at Wharton, Oxford, Cornell, Berkeley, McGill, Stanford, and the Commonwealth Club. He won more than 40 prestigious international awards, fellowships, and recognitions from four continents bestowed by Heads of State, Governors, Chancellors, Governments, Media, Universities, and NGOs. One of his recent books, Le NEPAD et les institutions financières internationales en Afrique au 21e siècle [NEPAD and International Financial Institutions in Africa of the 21st Century] (L’Harmattan, 2013), received the Best International Book Award from TOUKI Montreal. He was educated in Cameroon (with honors and distinction), in France (valedictorian and salutatorian), earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Montreal (Award of Excellence) and the CÉRIUM Award for the Best International PhD Dissertation, and completed his postdoctoral studies at Stanford University. He is a frequent commentator and special adviser on issues of African governance, emerging markets, and economic development. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Harvard International Review, among other international publications.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Bruce Lusignan is Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, and former director of Stanford's Communication Satellite Planning Center and Stanford's Center for International Cooperation, and inventor or co-inventor on 16 patents in information and communication technologies. For a number of years he ran EDGE - "Ethics of Development in a Global Environment".
Director of Communications
Chad works in communications at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies. He has been a part of West African development projects, such as the Centre for Democratic Development in Ghana and Muungano Mobile Media in Kenya. He also has experience in West Africa’s film industry, broadcast television, and theatre. Chad studied small state foreign policy, international organizations and the role of Africa’s global perception. He also examined the ethics of humanitarianism and the use of media as a tool for development. Chad earned his MA in African studies at Stanford University, his BA in international relations from San Francisco State University, and has also studied at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Director of Technology Development
Sandrine is an innovational technology developer and computer science engineer. With over seven years of professional experience in handling software technologies, she has in depth knowledge of software development lifecycle. She combines business knowledge, technical capabilities, project management methodologies and communication skills to deliver top quality products. She has worked on large scale projects in various areas including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, risk analysis, finance, etc. She has managed various technology projects in partnership with computer scientists and technologists in Central Africa, including developing a platform for resources recruitment.
Director of communications
Nina Papachristou will graduate from Stanford University with a B.A. (Honors) in International Relations in 2014. She was previously a member of African Leadership Academy’s inaugural class, and has worked with allAfrica.com in Kenya and South Africa. She also edits Sauti, Stanford’s Journal of African Studies.