14:30-15:00 Africa Running the Marathon Race from Raw to Digital

Presenters:
Prof John Trimble
Prof Mammo Muchie 
Prof Sunday O. Ojo

Prof John Trimble

Professor John Trimble is currently serving as a Flagship professor with a joint appointment in Tshwane University of Technology’s Operations Management and Industrial Engineering. Departments. From 2015 through 2016, he served as a Fulbright professor in Industrial Engineering. He holds a BSc in Engineering from Northwestern University, MSC in Computer Science from Stanford University, MSc in Operations Research from University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology /USA.

Trimble has over 25 years of teaching experience at various universities in the USA, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and South Africa. He has served as Head of Department and Dean of ICT. Prior to joining the academy, Trimble worked in industry as a researcher, software developer and manager. Over the past 15 years, Trimble has been heavily involved with research and projects concerning the use of ‘appropriate technology’. He has led in the organizing of 8 international conferences on appropriate technology, held across Africa in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa, Benin and Kenya and currently serves at founding president of the International Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT).

Prof Mammo Muchie

Prof Muchie founded the African Journal on Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) in 2008 and serves as its editor-in-chief, ever since.  He has been given best institutional senior researcher of the year merit and academic excellence award. Professor Muchie’s scholarly contribution to the discipline of innovation has been: strengthening and contextualising the theoretical framework of National Innovation Systems as applied to the African context. The principles and theory of the National Innovation Systems, as it is practised in the developed and industrial economies could not be applied directly to the developing or under-developed and largely agrarian economies of the African continent. Prof. Muchie took up the mammoth task of producing an impressive body of research on the innovation systems (in whatever rudimentary forms or degrees of evolutionary state they exist) in various African countries. He taught over 400 doctoral candidates in doctoral academies across the world in the Globelics, Africalics, Cicalics, Indialics networks. He has taken major initiatives for running Doctoral and Masters Academy in various universities in Africa and all over the world. One such academy is recently organized by the Association of Common Wealth Universities. Also, he has been invited for many keynote addresses and lectures in Africa and world-wide. He is the Founder of the Africa Post-Graduate Academy that has been training masters and doctoral students drawn from different disciplinary backgrounds applying the unity of knowledge approach to upgrade quality supervision. He has published over 400 papers, book chapters, articles and  given over 100 keynotes.

Prof Sunday O. Ojo

Prof Sunday O. Ojo holds BSc Honours and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Universities of Ibadan and Glasgow, respectively.

His academic career in a number of Universities spans over 35 years, in the field of Computing Science and Technology. He currently holds a position as a Research Professor in the Faculty of ICT, at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. He previously served as the Executive Dean in the same faculty for a 5-year period. Prior to this he was a member of the pioneering team that established the Department of Computer Science at the University of Botswana and later rose to become the Head of the Department for a 6-year period. He also held the position as Coordinator of Computer Science Department at the University of Ibadan.

He has a wealth of experience in the teaching of under- and post-graduate courses in the field of Computing Science and Technology, and in promoting several honours, masters and doctoral students’ dissertations and theses. He is also well published with extensive experience in sustained research and publications, in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, as well as books and chapters in books. He is presently the leader of the ICT for Development niche area in his University. He also leads the Data Scientia Research project in collaboration with a counterpart at the University of Trento, Italy, aimed at the digital preservation of African languages and cultural heritage.

His national and international professional services experience include serving as a consultant and resource person for several national and international bodies on ICT related projects, including. Botswana National Innovation Capability Database System, USAID Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower Economic Research database system, Botswana National ICT Policy development, Commonwealth Network for Information Technology (COMNET-IT) ICT capacity building project for Commonwealth countries. Others are the Eurafrica-ICT Reference panel work on producing a manifesto for strategic EU-Africa partnership on ICT Research, and European Commission Scenarios for Research and Technology Development Cooperation with Europe project.

Time now for Africa to run the marathon race and win by moving away from raw material, agricultural and mineral value chain to reach and lead in the digital and exponential technology global value chain age managing intelligently the mobile miracle and internet of things. Time for Africa to navigate the development journey by being creative, inventive, innovative , transformative, sustainable, united , smart, green and entrepreneurial in order. to realize a fully additive and multiplicative well-being anchored educated, safe, healthy, productive and happy people. Africa must achieve the highest score in the world happiness index by learning to utilize its rich resources by not losing from the miracles of the current evolving digital economy. Inter and intra-African collaboration is much needed in the digital age to create not states in Africa but African states;not universities in Africa but African universities; not industries and businesses in Africa, but African industries and businesses; not NGOs and civil society in Africa but African NGOs and civil society; not the four quadruple helices in Africa but African quadruple .helices. The digital value chain can facilitate better the African unity journey to realize with dedication and consistency an integrated, unified, networked , trustful, transformed, performed, reformed, educated African people that will finally achieve a morally and well-being anchored African humanity with full of self-worth, freedom, dignity, independence and pride.

2018-11-27T06:34:19+00:00