George N. N. Ayittey, a native of Ghana, is Distinguished Economist in Residence in the Department of Economics at American University and President of the Free Africa Foundation. Professor Ayittey received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. He has served as Associate Professor at Bloomsburg University, Assistant Professor at Wayne State College, Assistant Professor at University of Ghana, Distinguished African Scholar in the African Studies Department at the University of Delaware, President's Visiting Scholar at California State University at Chico, Fellow in the Business in Africa Research Group at the University of Bradford, Marvin Wachman Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation, National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Visiting Scholar in the Center For Study of Public Choice at George Mason University. Dr. Ayittey is the author of the books, Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Development, Africa in Chaos, The Blueprint for Ghana's Economic Recovery, Africa Betrayed, Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyrants in Africa and Around the World, and Indigenous African Institutions. Africa Betrayed won the H.L. Mencken Award: Best Book for 1992, and in 2009, he was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the The World's Top 100 Global Thinkers.