Dr. Sydney L. French
Dr. French is Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lexington Associates, a firm of Certified Public Accountants, Tax Advisers and Chartered Consultants in London, United Kingdom. Coming from a multidisciplinary background, Dr. French has over 30 years of practical experience in accounting, financial analysis, auditing, forensic investigation and management gained in industry and commerce, public practice, multinational corporations and international financial institutions. He was also Director of Studies, senior lecturer and adjunct professor in accounting, finance and business management at colleges of Further and Higher Education and universities in the UK, USA and Africa. Dr. French has extensive experience of working in a number of African countries for organisations such as the British Development Finance Institution (CDC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank (WB), and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He has held several non-executive directorships including serving on the Boards of AfriExim Bank, East, Central and Southern Africa Development Bank (PTA Bank), South Africa Development Fund, and Zambia Venture Capital Fund. He has also served on Audit Committees, Legal Documentation Committees, Assets and Liabilities Management Committees, and Risk Management Committees of many companies within his management portfolio when working for these organisations. He is currently a Director on the Board of International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA). Dr. French is a Chartered and Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Certified Forensic Accountant, Certified International Auditor and a Chartered and Certified Management Consultant. He was educated at the Harrow Business School of Westminster University, the University of West London, the University of North London, the University of London and University of Atlanta. Dr French graduated with a PhD degree in Accounting & Finance, and a DBA degree in Business Administration & Management. He also holds an MSc in International Business Management, an MBA, and a LLM in Business Law.
- PhD, DBA, DMS, MBA, MSc. LLM, CCFA, CFIP, CFAP, CPA, CA, FAIA, FIPA, FCMA, ACCA – Dip AF, CIA, CIFR