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Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Professor Calestous Juma has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans in 2012 by New African magazine.
Juma 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.
The magazine writes, “Calestous Juma has played a key role in improving Africa’s developmental practices. Once an elementary school teacher in Kenya, Juma now advises nations on the ever more complex relationships between modern technological advancements and sustainable development.”
“My first reaction was to think of Groucho Marx: ‘I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member,’” said Juma. “More seriously, more African media houses will extend such recognition to the many talented young Africans working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Honors are only useful if they inspire others to do better.”