Dr Calestous Juma
 

Dr Calestous Juma

Dr Calestous Juma is an internationally recognized authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide. In addition to his roles at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, he also directs the School's Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His latest book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

Juma provides high-level policy advice to governments, the United Nations and other international organizations on science, technology and innovation. He chairs the Global Challenges and Biotechnology of the US National Academy of Sciences and serves as co-chair of the African High-Level Panel on Modern Biotechnology of the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development.

Juma led international experts in outlining ways to apply science and technology to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals arising from the UN Millennium Summit in the year 2000. 

Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Originating from Kenya, he was Africa's first science and environment journalist at Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper. Juma received an MSc in Science, Technology and Industrialization and a DPhil in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. He has written widely on science, technology and sustainable development and contributes to a weekly column in the Nairobi-based Business Daily.​​