Technology and Sustainable Development in Africa
The main focus of Juma's fellowship project was research on policy issues related to the conservation and utilization of biological resources to support sound policy reform. He developed a master's level program in Technology and Environmental Policy at the University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. Juma also designed and conducted training courses in policy analysis and sustainable development for young environmental leaders from seven countries in the region as well as Japan, to support local capacity-building efforts.
Juma's fellowship research resulted in numerous published articles and several publications including In Land We Trusts: Ownership, Conservation and the Constitution of Kenya and Forging Ahead: Technology and Sustainable Development in Africa.
Calestous Juma was professor of the practice of international development at Harvard University. Previously, he was executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Quebec, Canada.
Juma was the founder of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the first independent policy research institution in Africa focused on environmental and technology issues. His work examined the relationships between technological innovation and biodiversity conservation and he was active in promoting the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity signed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He was also the first environment and science journalist in East Africa in the late 1970s and was instrumental in raising awareness of environmental issues in the region.
In 2005, Juma was selected to co-chair the new African Panel on Biotechnology (APB), which designed an African policy and strategy for biotechnology and provided comprehensive and independent science policy advice to the African Union (AU). The APB identified and recommended specific ways of building Africa's capacities to apply and safely handle modern biotechnology. The APB submitted its recommendations to the AU Summit and considered submissions from various stakeholder groups.
Ph.D., Sussex University
1986: Science and Technology Policy, UK
Master of Science, Sussex University
1983: Science and Technology Policy, UK
Teachers Certificate, Egoji Teachers Training College
1974: Science Education, Kenya
KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
African Panel on Biotechnology, the African Union Commission and the New Partnership for Africa's Development
Public Library of Science
2003: Board of Directors
Secretariat of the U.N. Conference on Environmental and Development, Member
Working Party on Biological Diversity
WRI/IUCN/UNEP Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Programme, Member
International Coordinating Group
University's Institute for New Technologies (UNU/INTECH)
Manor House Agricultural Center, Kenya
Board of Directors
KEY AWARDS & HONORS
2005: National Academy of Sciences
1991: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment
Royal Society of Arts
New York Academy of Sciences