Samir Amin is an Egyptian Marxist economist living in
Dakar, Senegal. He worked in Cairo from 1957 to 1960 as a research officer for the
government's Institution for Economic Management, then as adviser to the
Ministry of Planning in Mali till1963, when he was offered a fellowship at the Institut
Africain de Développement Économique et de Planification (IDEP).
As well as being a professor at the universities of Poitier, Dakar and Paris,
he was director of IDEP from 1970 -1980, when he became director of the Third World
Forum in Dakar.