Calestous Juma

Professor of the Practice of International Development
Director, Science, Technology, Globalization
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
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Calestous Juma


Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Faculty Chair of the Mason Fellows Program. He also directs the Center's Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa Project and Health Innovation Policy in Africa projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves as Faculty Chair of the Edward S. Mason Fellows Program as well as Faculty Chair of the “Innovation for Economic Development” and “Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa” executive programs. 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 co-chaired the African Union's High-Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation. He is on the jury of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, and the Africa Food Prize. Dr. Juma has been elected to several scientific academies including 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. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment. Juma serves on the boards of several international bodies including the Aga Khan University and the Pan-African University. He is editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and theInternational Journal of Biotechnology. His new book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. His current book projects cover regional integration in Africa and innovation for economic development. Follow @Calestous on Twitter



  • IGA-523 Innovation for Global Development


  • IGA-526 Governing Transformative Biotechnology

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Books
    • Juma, Calestous. The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Juma, Calestous. "Education, Research, and Innovation in Africa: Forging Strategic Linkages for Economic Transformation." Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Discussion Paper 2016-01, February 2016.

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