Innovation Policy for Transformative Change: Towards a new White Paper for Science and Technology in South Africa

Innovation Policy for Transformative Change: Towards a new White Paper for Science and Technology in South Africa 2016-11-28T17:02:18+00:00

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Moderator: Mr Richard Hudson, Science Business, Belgium
Introduction: Dr Phil Mjwara, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Panellist: Prof Maria Fernanda Rollo, Ministry of Science Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
Panellist: Dr Azzar Jammine, @EconometrixZA, South Africa
Panellist: Prof Tebello Nyokong, Rhodes University, South Africa
Panellist: Ms Zanele Monnakgotla, Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa
Panellist:  Dr Peter Tindemans, EuroScience, The Netherlands
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In 1996 South Africa’s first democratic Government adopted the country’s first national science and technology policy document, the White Paper on Science and Technology. Over the past twenty years, the White Paper served as guide for the concerted national South African effort to leverage science and technology for enhancing South Africa’s economic competitiveness and improving the quality of living of all South Africans. The White Paper most notably introduced the concept of a National System of Innovation, which provided the conceptual and institutional framework for further science and technology policy development. Much success has been achieved, but In the light of a rapidly changing national, African continental and global context, Minister Pandor in 2016 announced the preparation of a new White Paper, due for adoption in 2018. This paper will interrogate and recommend how science, technology and innovation in South Africa should respond to these changing contexts, including on how to decisively address the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Discussion and debate at this session will form part of the broader consultation on this process.
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hudsonMr Richard Hudson
Science Business, Belgium
Moderator

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mjwaraDr Phil Mjwara
Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Introduction

Phil Mjwara has served as the Director-General of South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) since April 2006. In this capacity, he is responsible for all policy development in the science and technology sector in South Africa. Prior to his appointment at DST, Dr. Mjwara was the Group Executive for Research and Development and Strategic Human Capital Development at the Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR). He has also held positions at the then Department of Arts, Culture Science and Technology, as Director of Technology; at the University of Pretoria as Professor of S&T policy; and at the universities of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Fort Hare as a physics lecturer. Phil led the team that conducted the first South African technology foresight project. He has published and presented numerous papers relating to physics, technology analysis and foresighting-related topics. Dr. Mjwara is also the General Secretary of the Academy of Science of South Africa and has served on various advisory councils and review boards. He also serves on the Council of the University of Johannesburg. He is the co-chair of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations, based in Geneva.
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rolloProf Maria Fernanda Rollo
Ministry of Science Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
Panellist

Maria Fernanda Rollo was born on the 16 June 1965 in the Republic of Congo. PhD and Aggregation in Contemporary History by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) of the New University of Lisbon. Associated Professor with aggregation in the Department of History. Researcher and former President of the Contemporary History Institute of FCSH, was coordinator of the Pedro Hispano programme – Doctoral Studies in Social and Human Sciences in the same Faculty. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Gulbenkian Programme of Portuguese Language and Culture of the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian. Coordinated several research projects and has many texts published in diverse research areas of the history of Portugal in the XX Century, contemporary history of economy and society and history of innovation and science organization in Portugal. Since November 2015, Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education of the Portuguese Republic.
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jammineDr Azzar Jammine
@EconometrixZA, South Africa
Panellist

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nyokongProf Tebello Nyokong
Rhodes University, South Africa
Panellist

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monnakgotlaMs Zanele Monnakgotla
Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa
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tindemansDr Peter Tindemans
EuroScience, The Netherlands
Panellist

Peter Tindemans received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Leiden University, and has since worked in science, technology and innovation policy in the Netherlands, and as a consultant for overseas governments, the World Bank, and UNESCO. He was President of the OECD Megascience Forum, and Chair of European Spallation Neutron Source. He has been active in EuroScience as Founding Member, Governing Board, ESOF Supervisory Board Member, and now Secretary-General since 2012.
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