MIT has recently named Dr. Calestous Juma as a DUSP MLK Visiting Professor for 2014-2015.
Professor Juma is an internationally recognized authority on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012 and 2013 by the New African magazine.
Professor Juma is a Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School. He also directs the School’s Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Juma has been elected to several prestigious scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. He is on the selection juries of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and the Africa Engineering Innovation Prize.
Beyond engaging in research and advancing DUSP and MIT work in the area of science, technology and sustainable development (with special focus on Africa), Professor Juma will also teach two courses: an undergraduate freshman seminar in International Development and an Advanced Seminar in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Development based on his forthcoming book on the same topic.