HKS Professor Recognized as Leading Global Thinker

December 3, 2012
By Jenny Li Fowler, Harvard Kennedy School Communications

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Professor Calestous Juma has been named one of Lo Spazio della Politica’s (LSDP) 100 Global Thinkers of 2012. The Italian publication’s list recognizes political leaders, business people, scientists, academics and intellectuals from around the globe.

Juma, professor of the practice of international development, is director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at HKS and runs Harvard’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project. He is currently working on books tackling engineering for development and resistance to new technologies.

LSDP selected Juma, “Because his writings on innovation in Africa enhance the understanding of the region which is essential for the economic and political growth of this decade.”

“It is a great honor to be on a list that focuses on emerging trends rather than personalities per se,” said Juma. “I am delighted that publication finds the role of innovation in Africa’s development significant enough to warrant being highlighted. I hope that its publication will help to focus policy attention around this critical issue as Africa continues to search for ways to address its economic challenges.”

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Juma, professor of the practice of international development

Juma, professor of the practice of international development

“I am delighted that publication finds the role of innovation in Africa’s development significant enough to warrant being highlighted," said Juma.