Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project. He directs the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and serves as Faculty Chair of Innovation for Economic Development executive program. Juma is a former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi. He was Chancellor of the University of Guyana and has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment. Juma serves on the boards of several international bodies and is editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and International Journal of Biotechnology. His latest book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He teaches graduate courses on “Innovation, Development and Globalization” and “Technology and Sustainability” and an undergraduate seminar on “Biotechnology,Sustainability and Public Policy”. He is currently working on a book on resistance to new technologies. Follow @Calestous on Twitter.
Ishac Diwan is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is the Director for Africa and the Middle East at the Growth Lab of the Harvard Center for International Development. Ishac got his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He taught international finance at the New York University’s Business School before joining the World Bank in 1987. In 1992, Ishac joined the Bank’s Middle East department, first as the country economist for the West Bank and Gaza, as an advisor to the emerging Palestinian Authority, and later, as a regional economist, where he led economic teams in Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, and Yemen. He contributed to the creation of the prime network of economists in the Middle East, the Economic Research Forum, and of a regional policy forum, the Mediterranean Development Forum. In 1996, Ishac joined the World Bank Institute and led the Economic Policy group, creating the Attacking Poverty Program and contributing to the initiation of the Global Development Network. Ishac lived in Addis Ababa and Accra, as the Bank’s Country Director for Ethiopia and Sudan, and then for Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, and Guinea. Ishac has worked on conflict prevention and on state building in Palestine, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Yemen, Guinea and has participated in the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the Darfur Peace Negotiations, and the Oslo negotiations.
Nahomi Ichino is an Associate Professor of Government and formerly an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Professor Ichino’s research interests include the politics and political economy of sub-Saharan Africa, and political parties and electoral politics in Africa, with a particular focus on fraud and the use and impact of violence in elections in Ghana and Nigeria. Her current research in Ghana is supported by NSF grant SES-0752986. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her B.A. from Yale University.