Calestous Juma (1953-2017) was a Kenyan-born academic, researcher, and writer who specialized in the study of science, technology, and development in Africa. He was a professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and a faculty associate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Juma's work focused on the role of technology and innovation in promoting sustainable development and addressing global challenges, such as climate change, food security, and health. He was a strong advocate for the use of science and technology to improve the lives of people in Africa and other developing regions of the world.
Juma authored several books, including "The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa," which explores how science and technology can transform agriculture in Africa and promote economic growth and development. He also served as the co-chair of the African Union's High-Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation, which aimed to promote the use of technology and innovation in Africa's development.
Juma was a respected scholar and received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize and the Order of the Golden Warrior, Kenya's highest civilian honor. His legacy continues to inspire and inform scholars, policymakers, and practitioners around the world.
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