Alain HENRY is Director of Research of the AFD. Former student of Ecole Polytechnique, civil engineer des ponts et chaussées, he returned to the AFD in 1981. In the past ten years, he was successively Director Infrastructure and urban development (2002-2007), Director Vietnam (2007-2011), then Director of the cabinet of the Minister of Cooperation(2011-2012). He was a founding member and President of Europact, an NGO dedicated to support NGOS in development.
Since 1989, he is a member of the research group National Cultures & Organisations (Gestion et Société). His research mainly focuses on the relationship between economics, management, and cultural context, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo), in Arab countries (Maroc, Tunisia, Lebanon), and in Vietnam. He also studied the mutual influences between culture and religion in Vietnam. He has published numerous articles and has contributed to several books, including Cultures et mondialisation, Seuil (collection Point); Tontines et banques au Cameroun, Karthala, and Rédiger les procédures de l’entreprise, Editions d’organisation.