Prof Calestous Juma Biography
Prof Calestous Juma was born on 9th June 1953 .He is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Faculty Chair of the Innovation for Economic Development Executive Program] at Harvard Kennedy School
Prof Calestous Juma is an internationally recognized authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the New African magazine.
Prof Calestous Juma is Director of the School’s Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School as well as the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His latest book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa was published by Oxford University Press in 2011
Prof Calestous Juma Education Background
1982 – 1986: Undergraduate student at the University of Sussex, MSc., DPhil, Science and Technology Policy Studies
Prof Calestous Juma Job History
June 2002 – Present: Professor of the Practice of International Development, Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, and Faculty Chair of the Innovation for Economic Development Executive Program at Harvard Kennedy School.
- He also direct’s the School’s Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- He is a member of the judging panel of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and co-chair of the African Union’s High-Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation. Juma is a former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi.
- He was Chancellor of the University of Guyana, member of the National Social and Economic Council of the President of Kenya, and Special Advisor to the International Whaling Commission.
- He co-chairs the African Union’s High Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation.
- Juma has been elected to several prestigious scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. Juma holds a DPhil in science and technology policy studies from the University of Sussex (UK) and has received several international awards and honorary degrees for his work on sustainable development.
- He is editor of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and the International Journal of Biotechnology. His latest book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press. He is currently working on two books on engineering for global development and resistance to innovation.
September 2014 – May 2015: Dr Martin Luther King Jr Visiting Professor (2014-2015) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
September 1995 – August 1998: Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Geneva and Montreal.
- Established the Permanent Secretariat in Montreal, Canada and provided its executive direction, resource mobilization, management and intellectual leadership. Directed the implementation of the Programs of the Secretariat on behalf of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and mobilized voluntary contributions for the work of the Secretariat.
- Managed the activities of the subsidiary organs of the COP that include the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group on Biosafety.
- Served as the representative of the Conference of the Parties at the international level and negotiated collaborative agreements between the Convention and other international institutions including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Bank.
- Facilitated coordination between the Convention and other biodiversity-related treaties and institutions and oversaw the preparation of the first set of national reports on the implementation of the Convention.
- Serviced three meetings of the Conference of the Parties, three meetings of SBSTTA, five meetings of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Biosafety, 12 regional preparatory meetings for COP and several expert meetings on technical and regional cooperation.
- Guided the establishment of the Clearing-house Mechanism for scientific and technical cooperation under the Convention.
- Maintained an international network of scholars, diplomats and researchers on issues related to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.
- Raised funds for the secretariat activities and oversaw rapid staffing efforts. The average annual budget of the secretariat was US$15 million and the full staff capacity was 35 professionals and 15 administrative.
April 1988 – August 1995: Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies
- The continent’s first non-profit organization established to promote policy research, undertake training and disseminate information on the application of science and technology to sustainable development.
- In 1992, the Centre was awarded the Justinian Rweyemamu Prize for “expanding the knowledge base for Africa’s development” by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
- In 1993, He was added to the Global 500 Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement. Responsibilities include policy research, Program conceptualization and development, fund-raising, human resource mobilization and management, international relations and promotion of the Centre’s activities, Program management, quality control, training of researchers, overall administration of the Centre and representing the Centre in international forums.
September 1979 – May 1982: Researcher and Editor of Ecoforum magazine, Environment Liaison Centre International
August 1978 – August 1979: Science and Environment Writer, The Daily Nation
Prof Calestous Juma Honors and Awards
- Doctor of Science (Honorary), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
- Doctor of Science (Honorary), University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
- Doctor of Science (Honorary), University of Sussex, UK
- Henry Shaw Medal, Missouri Botanical Garden
- Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement, United Nations Environment Programme
- Justinian Rweyemamu Prize, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
- Pew Scholars Award in Conservation and the Environment
Prof Calestous Juma Publications
- January 1, 2011: The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa,
Oxford University Press
- 2006: Rejuvenating African economies: The role of engineering, Africa Policy Journal 2 (Fall 2006)
- November 7, 2012: Innovation Clusters in the Global Economy: The Welfare Technology Region in Denmark, Harvard Kennedy School
- 2008: The Role of Institutions of Higher Learning in Creating Innovation for Sustainability (in Japanese),Journal of Science Policy and Research Management, 23 (3), 186-193