George B. N. Ayittey
George Ayittey is an internationally renowned authority on Africa. He is a distinguished economist in residence at American University and president of the Free Africa Foundation, both in Washington, D.C. A native of Ghana, he was nominated for the Africa Prize for Leadership by The Times of London, was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and was a Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. In 1993 he started the Free Africa Foundation to serve as a catalyst for reform in Africa.
Ayittey has written several books on Africa, including Africa Betrayed, which won the H.L. Mencken Award “Best Book for 1992, Africa in Chaos (1999), and Africa Unchained (2005). A frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, he has written numerous book chapters and articles on Africa. He has also appeared on several radio talk shows and TV programs and has testified before many U.S. Congressional committees.
Ayittey obtained a BSc at the University of Ghana, an MA at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a PhD from the University of Manitoba, Canada.