2023 World Emerging Security Forum

Speaker Information

Landry Signé

Executive Director, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University

  • 2020 – Present : Professor and Executive Director at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University
  • 2020 – Present : Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution
  • 2010 – Present : Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies

Professor Landry Signé is a world-renowned professor, extraordinary global leader, award-winning author, disruptive innovator, and pre-eminent future-oriented thinker who bridges ideas and actions, and private and public sectors to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges and maximize some of the most promising opportunities, winning over 80 prestigious awards and distinctions; with over 200 academic and professional publications; and over 1,000 keynotes, speaking and thought leadership engagements. He received the fastest reported tenure and promotion to the highest rank of full professor in the history of the U.S. universities for a scholar who started at an entry-level position in his discipline, and cumulates over 20 years of distinguished experience as Managing Director, Executive Director, Executive Chairman, Extraordinary Professor, Distinguished Fellow, and Senior Fellow, among others, including in top institutions such as Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Brookings Institution, Stanford University, the University of Oxford, the World Economic Forum, the Wilson Center, Georgetown University, HEC Paris Executive Education, the United Nations, the French Senate, and the leading French multinational food retailer Casino Group. He often briefs top global leaders, including heads of state, heads of international organizations, and CEOs of global multinationals, and often briefs or testifies before the United States Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. International Trade Commission, among others.

Professor Signé’s achievements have been recognized internationally with dozens of distinctions for his academic, policy, business, and leadership accomplishments, including as an extraordinary professor, prolific author, cutting-edge scholar, exemplary and dedicated academic leader, innovative entrepreneur, sought-after strategic thinker, problem-solver, board member, and keynote speaker. He was named one of the World Economic Forum “[top 50] foremost future-oriented thought leaders” in the world a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for “finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues;” one of “Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential Academics in Government” in the world; one of the “100 Most Influential Africans in the World” and “Thought Leader Extraordinaire” by New Africa Magazine; and one of the “most creative thinkers” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York; among others.