Alain HENRY has been an active research member of Gestion & Société (National Cultures and Organizations) since the end of eighties. He began working as works director in a private company of public works (GTM). Then he returned to the Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Agency for Public Aid) in 1981. He started working on investment programs and governance of public utilities (energy, water, transportation, ports, etc.) in Sub-Saharan Africa. From this time, he focused his researches on the management of enterprises in Africa (public sector, private companies and SMEs as well). In 2016, he was retired from AFD, as he was Director of Research Department (2012-2016). Previously, he has been appointed as Director of the cabinet of the Minister of Cooperation (2011-2012), Country Director for Vietnam (2007-2011), and Director Infrastructure and urban development (2002-2007).
He started his researches focusing on the relationship between economics, management, and cultural context, especially in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali. He has the particular opportunity to focus his interest on tontines in Cameroon (rotative credit and saving traditional association). He developed researches on cultural roots of development, institutions, and governance. In the same time, he carried out work in other areas like Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco, Madagascar and Vietnam. He has been living four years in Vietnam.
He is graduated of Ecole Polytechnique, and Civil engineer des ponts et chaussées. He was a founding member and President of Europact, an NGO dedicated to support NGOS in development. He has published numerous articles and has contributed to several books, including Cultures et mondialisation, Point Seuil, Tontines et banques au Cameroun, Karthala, and Rédiger les procédures de l’entreprise, Editions d’organisation.