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Harvard Kennedy School Professor Calestous Juma has been named co-chair of an eight person African Union (AU) panel on science, technology and innovation. The panel will guide the AU on the review process of the Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA), adopted by African ministers of Science and technology in 2005 and endorsed by AU heads of state and government in 2006, with the intent of moving the continent from resource-based economies into the age of innovation-led growth.
The first meeting of the panel is being held on August 8-9 at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt and its report will be presented at the next conference of African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (AMCOST) to be held in November 2012 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The adopted plan will be presented to the AU heads of state and government summit of July 2013 for approval.
Calestous Juma is professor of the practice of international development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School. He also directs the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and serves as Faculty Chair of Innovation for Economic Development executive program. 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.