The World Food Prize Foundation

2017 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Irene Sun

Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

Irene Yuan SUN is an engagement manager based in McKinsey & Company’s Washington, D.C. office.  She co-leads McKinsey’s work on Chinese economic engagement in Africa.  She is the lead author of McKinsey’s report on the Africa-China economic relationship, Dance of the Lions & Dragons, which was launched at the World Economic Forum Summer Davos meeting in Dalian, China, in June 2017.
Irene is also the author of The Next Factory of the World, a book about Chinese investment in Africa that will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in November 2017.  Her work on Africa-China relations has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Cornell International Law Journal, the Nigerian Guardian newspaper, and the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies China Africa Research Initiative.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Irene served as a public school teacher in Namibia.  She is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard College.

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