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DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology

Professor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development (STI&D) from the University of Sussex, UK. He is currently a DST-NRF research chair in Innovation Studies at the Faculty of Management Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology and a C rated research Professor.

​He is a fellow of the South African Academy of Sciences, the African Academy of Sciences and the African Science Institute. He is also currently adjunct Professor at the Adama Science and Technology University, Arsi University, Addis Ababa University and University of Gondar, Ethiopia.​ He has been senior research associate at the SPMTDC programme and also has become Senior Research Associate at the TMD Centre of Oxford University. He is also a Chief Editor of a new TUT Journal of Creativity, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (JCISE).

Prof Muchie is collaborating with researchers (DILIC) on the potential research areas of Africa-China industrial high-technology sectors. He has been invited as Associate Faculty professor at Sussex University, UK for the next three years; at the University of Economics in Prague as visiting professor, Jawarahal Nehru University in India, Tonji and Shanghai University in China; Honorary Professor Jiaxing University in China, Assistant Professor Amsterdam University, Visiting Professor Carleton College in the USA; Principal Lecturer Middlesex University, Professor Aalborg University; Part–time Lecturer, Cambridge University; Honorary Professor UNISA. Professor Mammo held various positions globally, including the Director of the Research Programme on Civil Society and African Integration at the then University of Kwa Zulu-Natal; board member at the North Western University, Chengdu, China.

He is currently the chairman of the advisory board of African Talent hub of the Community Interest Company (registration no.10461990) to raise funds for making Africa the talent, innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and knowledge hub of the world. He has been appointed as special distinguished advisor to the Africa Union's Student Council and a mentor for the African Entrepreneurship award. He has initiated the African Unity for Renaissance and Knowledge Exchange series of conferences since the last seven years. He is a founding scientific advisor to the African Solar network, founding chairman of the Network of Ethiopian scholars. He has led the SIDA, Sweden funded research on engineering design and on transformative innovation for African integrated development and educate on public media to speed up the creation of innovative and renascent Africa. He is also a co-founding member of the Nano Technology Institute in TUT leading the innovation side of the research.

He was part of the founding members of the Globelics initiative to start the new relationship between Northern and Southern researchers by focusing research on the challenges of building African innovation systems. Thus Africa has been put first in highlighting the Globelics foundation of a new field on Innovation and Development. ( He is a scientific Board member of Globelics and the Globelics Doctoral Academy. He is the founder as Chief Editor of the African Journal on Science, Technology, Innovation and Development that has been running since 2009. (​).

The journal is now published by Routledge Publ. with Taylor and Francis ( He is also editor of the Globelics Journal of Innovation and Development published twice a year by Taylor and Francis ( He helped to found first the African Globelics Doctoral Academy that has also been founded in 2009 ( and AfricaLics ( He is part of the founding scientific board members of the network that connects North Africa, with the Middle East and southern Europe ( He supported the launching of the African Innovation Summit in Cape Verde ( Perhaps one of the most significant contributions to promote the emerging field on innovation studies in Africa was the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI).

The first chair on innovation studies supported by the DST/NRF in South Africa was awarded to Prof. Muchie to promote doctoral and post-doctoral research in Africa. He is chairman of the Network of Ethiopian scholars ( and is chief editor of the open access electronic journal The Ethiopian Electronic Journal for Research & Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF) ( He is also editor of the Journal of Agriculture and Economic Development, Associate Editor of the Journal of Economics and Institutions, University of Malaysia, Journal of Social Epistemology, and many others. He is also an editorial member of the Thinker Magazine and has a Pan-African Column in New African magazine and Real African Publishing. He is also the chief editor of a new TUT Journal of Creativity, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (JCISE).

He has been appointed as a scientific and academic advisor to the local e-Governance research that involved ten African countries on ICT4D funded by IDRC and managed by CAFRAD. He had been appointed as a consultant on UNESCO’s higher education, Research and Knowledge forum. He has served as a postdoctoral mentor in the NRF national postdoctoral forum. His abiding interest is to see Africa fully free and united by contributing through science, knowledge, research and high quality training distinguished with originality and relevance.

Professor Muchie has widely published in the areas of international political economy, development economics of innovation and the making of African systems of innovation and new technolo​gies and development. Since 1985, he has produced over 400 publications, including books, chapters in books, and articles in internationally accredited journals and entries in institutional publications.


  • –present
    DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Innovation Studies
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation