Irene Yuan Sun

Irene Yuan Sun is a thinker and practitioner focused on deeply understanding developing countries’ own experiences in order to remake global development. She is a leading expert on the Africa-China economic relationship. Born in China, raised in the U.S., and working in Africa, Sun brings a truly global perspective that crosses boundaries of East and West, developing and developed countries.

Sun co-leads McKinsey & Company’s research and client work on Africa-China business and economic development. She is the lead author of a major McKinsey report on this topic. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School.

Sun’s work has been published by Harvard Business Review, the Cornell International Law Journal, and the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies China Africa Research Initiative. Her book The Next Factory of the World was shortlisted for the Bracken Bower Prize for the best business book proposal.

Last Updated: November 7, 2017

Chinese Investment is Reshaping Africa’s Manufacturing Sector

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Author Irene Yuan Sun argues in her new book that Africa is poised to become the world’s next manufacturing hub, boosted by Chinese investment and production expertise. With costs steadily rising in the People’s Republic of China, more and more...