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Irene Yuan Sun

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Irene Yuan Sun is a practitioner and author focused on the topics of global migration and economic development. Her book about Chinese investment in Africa, The Next Factory of the World, was named by the Financial Times as one of the best business books of the year in 2017.  Her work on Africa-China economic relations has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Quartz, the Nigerian Guardian, and CGTN (formerly known as CCTV).

Previously, Sun was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she specialized in global public health and economic development projects in developing countries.  She led the development of McKinsey’s report on the Africa-China economic relationship, Dance of the Lions & Dragons, which collected the largest-ever dataset about the size and characteristics of Chinese business in Africa.

Sun is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School.

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