Calestous Juma

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Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard University. He is the author of The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2010). Juma is an outspoken advocate for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), particularly for the use of GMOs in Africa as a means of ending hunger.

"He 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. He was Chancellor of the University of Guyana and has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, 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 ofseveral international bodies andis editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and International Journal of Biotechnology. His latest book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He teaches graduate courses on "Innovation, Development and Globalization" and "Technology and Sustainability" and an undergraduate seminar on "Biotechnology,Sustainability and Public Policy". He is currently working on green innovation strategies for emerging nations."[1]

At Harvard, Juma teaches the courses "Innovation, Development and Globalization" and "Technology, Innovation and Sustainability."[1]



Publications include:[1]

  • "Asian Interest Means Africa Needs New Economic Vision.", September 1, 2011.
  • "Seeding Diplomacy." Public Service Review, September 2011.
  • "The African Summer." Foreign Policy, July 28, 2011.
  • "Building Africa Bloc by Bloc." East-African, June 20, 2011.
  • "Juma Mwapachu: Legacy of an Entrepreneurial Leader." The EastAfrican, April 18, 2011.
  • "Growing the Economy." PS: Public Service Review, April 11, 2011.
  • "Technological Intolerance Threatens Global Food Security." Des Moines, February 19, 2011.
  • "Technological Intolerance Threatens Global Food Security." Des Moines, February 19, 2011.
  • "Africa Must Make Tough Choices to Build Democracy." Business Daily (Africa), January 7, 2011.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School, Accessed October 11, 2011.
  2. Chalker Foundation for Africa People, organizational web page, accessed March 25, 2012.

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