Dr Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte
Head of the Unit, Europe, Middle East & Africa, OECD, France
On the tail of his initial training in Corporate Management, Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte spent several months in the suburban areas of Yaoundé and Dakar, which prompted him to turn to development economics. His PhD from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) brought him back to Africa to study the combination of factors of production in small firms. In 1992, HBSL became a research assistant at the OECD Development Centre, working on institutions, the informal sector, China’s integration in the world economy, financial intermediation and EU trade policies. Later, as a joint appointment of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM, Maastricht) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI, London), he focused his research on the trade policies of developing countries and related capacity building, as well as on development co-operation between Europe and Africa. In particular, he monitored the renegotiation of the trade agreements between Europe and the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific countries over 1997-2000. He returned to the Development Centre in 2001 and worked with Management to set up a team responsible for the impact of research through networks, policy dialogue and an Innovation Lab.