Rasigan Maharajh

Chief Director: Tshwane University of Technology – Institute for Economic Research on Innovation; Node Head: DST/NRF SciSTIP CoE; and Professor Extraordinary: Stellenbosch University – Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology., Tshwane University of Technology

Rasigan Maharajh is concurrently Nodal Head of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation’ Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at Tshwane University of Technology; Professor Extraordinary at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology of Stellenbosch University; an Associate Research Fellow of the Tellus Institute in Boston; and the Chairperson of the Southern Africa Node of the Millennium Project. Rasigan was previously: Visiting Professor at Rede de Pesquisa em Sistemas e Arranjos Produtivos e Inovativos Locais in the Instituto de Economia of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Visiting Research Scholar at the George Perkins Marsh Institute of Clark University, USA; Head of Policy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; and National Coordinator of the Science and Technology Policy Transition Project for South Africa’s first democratic government. Before these deployments, Rasigan was: Senior Researcher at the Education Policy Unit of the University of Natal; National Coordinator and Researcher at Operation Upgrade of Southern Africa; Research Assistant at the Macro-Education Policy Unit of the University of Durban-Westville; Research Assistant at the Labour and Community Project of the South African Council for Higher Education; and a Casual Labourer at Pick and Pay Supermarkets. During this period, Rasigan also held elected and leadership positions within the: United Democratic Front, Congress of South African Trade Unions and the African National Congress. Rasigan was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree by the Forskningspolitiska Institutet (Research Policy Institute), School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden; and he is also an alumnus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa and the Harvard Business School of the United States. Rasigan is a Ministerial Representative on the Council of Rhodes University and an elected Senator of Tshwane University of Technology. In the last decade, Rasigan has contributed to more than 65 publications, and has presented his research in 37 countries variously as Visiting Researcher, Scholar and Professor.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Node Head, DST/NRF Centre of Excellence SciSTIP
  • 2015–present
    Professor Extraordinary, Stellenbosch University: Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology
  • 2004–present
    Chief Director , Tshwane University of Technology: Institute for Economic Research on Innovation
  • 1997–2004
    Head of Policy, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • 1994–1997
    Coordinator, National Science and Technology Policy Transition Project
  • 1993–1995
    Senior Researcher, University of Natal: Education Policy Unit
  • 1993–1994
    Researcher, Operation Upgrade of Southern Africa
  • 1992–1993
    Associate Researcher, University of Durban-Westville: Macro-Education Policy Unit
  • 1990–1991
    Journalist, Africa Information Afrique
  • 1988–1990
    Assistant Researcher , South African Council for Higher Education: Labour and Community Resource Project

Education

  • 2011 
    Lund University: Forskningspolitiska Institutet , Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1999 
    Harvard University: Harvard Business School, Senior Executive Program for Southern Africa
  • 1994 
    University of Natal: Economic History, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • 1993 
    Harvard University: John F. Kennedy School of Government, Education Policy Analysis and Planning
  • 1992 
    University of Natal: Economic History and Sociology, Bachelor of Arts