Irene Yuan Sun is a thinker focused deeply on understanding developing countries’ own experiences in order to remake global development. Born in China, raised in the U.S., and working in Africa, Irene brings a truly global perspective that crosses the boundaries of East and West, developing and developed countries.
Her book The Next Factory of The World has been named one of the best business books by the Financial Times. It highlights how China has become Africa’s largest trade partner, the largest infrastructure financier, and the fastest-growing source of foreign direct investment. Chinese entrepreneurs are flooding into the continent, investing in long-term assets such as factories and heavy equipment. Irene tells a story about resilient Chinese entrepreneurs building in Africa what they so recently learned to build in China – a global manufacturing powerhouse.
Irene co-leads McKinsey & Company’s research and client work on Africa-China business and economic development, and her work has been published by the Harvard Business Review and many more.
China in Africa New Growth Engine or Colonialism Redux?
Irene Yuan Sun 2018
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