Calestous Juma was Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School. He was the Director of Science, Technology and Globalization at HKS's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Juma also directed the Center's Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa Project and Health Innovation Policy in Africa projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Juma also co-chaired the High-Level African Panel on Emerging Technologies of the African Union. He had 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 had won several international awards and received honorary degrees for his work on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.
Additionally, Juma held a doctorate in science and technology policy studies and had written widely on science, technology and the environment. He was author of The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa and Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies. He passed away on Dec. 15, 2017.
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