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Calestous Juma is a professor of the practice of international development and director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he also directs Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa and Health Innovation Policy in Africa projects, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, he is faculty chair of the Innovation for Economic Development and Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa executive programs as well as the Mason Fellows Program.
Dr. Juma is a former executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and founding director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi. He cochaired the African Union’s High-Level Panel on Science, Technology, and Innovation and was a jury member for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development and has been elected to the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the African Academy of Sciences. In addition, he serves on the boards of several international bodies including the Aga Khan University and the Pan-African University.
Dr. Juma has written widely on science, technology, and environment. He is editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and the International Journal of Biotechnology, and his next book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Pending book projects concern regional integration in Africa and innovation for economic development.
He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies.