The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in the African Union Agenda 2063

Moderator:
H.E. Prof. Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor
Panellists:
Dr Peggy Efua Oti-Boateng
Mr Hambani Masheleni
Mr Kasirim Nwuke
Ms Mmampei Chaba
Prof Nelson Torto

Dr Peggy Efua Oti-Boateng

Dr Peggy Efua Oti-Boateng is the Director for Science Policy and Capacity Building, at the UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris France with the responsibility for providing leadership and foresight for global agenda on science technology and innovation and capacity building in science and engineering for sustainable development. Until October, 2018 she was the Regional Africa Senior Programme Specialist for Science and Technology in the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern in Harare, Zimbabwe and also serves as the Coordinators for the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) comprising over 208 institutions in 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Oti-Boateng has over 30 years work experience in teaching, research and development of technologies and innovation for sustainable development and Science Technology and Innovation (STI) policy. As UNESCO Senior Advisor for Africa on Science, Engineering Technology and Innovation and ANSTI Coordinator she provided technical assistance and support to the African Union Commission, regional economic blocks, member states, private sector and universities in the promotion of science technology and Innovation (STI) policies and access to knowledge; mobilization of broad-base participation in STI, water, oceans and environment resources management and; human resource and research capacity building in basic and engineering sciences and renewable energy, with a passion for promotion of gender in science and engineering. She has led a number of regional STI initiatives including several ministerial forums and dialogues on STI for sustainable development, provided guidance and technical assistance in STI country profiles of over 20 countries; and collaborate with other UNESCO sectors in Education, Culture and Communication and Information on inter-sector initiatives at national and regional levels.

Until 2011 Dr Oti-Boateng was the Director for the Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC), College of Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a focus on innovation to transform, and forging new and emerging university-industry partnership. She has rich experience as a Senior Lecturer/Researcher and supervised several postgraduate student research in Biochemistry, Food Technology, Engineering and Business Administration with a focus on strategies for Technology Commercialisation and provided technical assistance to Ghana’s largest informal industry in Suame Magazin and TVET. She managed numerous partnership and international cooperation, the EU, CIDA, SiDA, African Development Bank, the World Bank, Millennium Challenge Account, World Bank Capacity building of health personnel in Nutrition and Growth Monitoring and several bilateral and multinational partnership projects and inter-university partnership with MIT, UPEN and University of Michigan in the US. She was an international Juror for UNESCO-Daimler Mondialogo Engineering Award for years, a Member of the International Advisory Group for Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists-ICWES15 and coordinates UNESCO-L’Oreal For Women Fellowships award for sub-Saharan Africa and a Board of Trustee member of the USIU, Nairobi Kenya.

She is the author of several journal articles, technical papers, manuals, baseline reports, books and book chapters on science, technology and innovation policy, food technology, health and nutrition, microfinance, and HIV/AIDS and serve on the Editorial Board of the British based Food Chain Journal. She holds a PhD degree in Food Technology from the University of Adelaide, South Australia and a BSc Degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

H.E. Prof. Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor

H.E. Prof. SARAH MBI ENOW ANYANG AGBOR is the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology.She is a Cameroonian and Professor of African and Commonwealth Literatures, and has authored three text books and over thirty peer reviewed book chapters and scientific publications. She was elected by the AU Assembly of Heads of States and Government in July 2017. The programmes of her Department (HRST), are critical on realising the aspirations of Africa’s people centered Agenda 2063, and focus on:

 

  1. Science, technology and Innovation: to foster theacceleration of Africa’s transition to an innovation-led, Knowledge-based Economy by deploying science, technology and innovation (STI) as multi-functional tools andenablers for achieving sustainable development, fostering Africa’s sustained growth, competitiveness and economic transformation by investing in research, innovation, value addition, industrial and entrepreneurship development.
  2. Education and capacity building: to Expand and improve the human and institutional productive, innovative and creative capacities within the context of Agenda 2063 and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25) through enhanced access to and improved quality of education and training for all and at all levels.
  3. Human resources and Youth:to drive Africa’s Youth Agenda and through continental policy frameworks, the African youth charter, the TVET strategy, and Member States technical support, to build continental capacity to respond to youth development, empowerment and leadership.

Prior to her election as Commissioner, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World (DVC-RCB), University of Bamenda-North West Region of Cameroon. As DVC-RCBshe promoted research; efficiently and effectively managed the University’s educational and research programs as well as oversee initiatives and action plans in the University’s Research Strategic Planning.She has served as Inspector of Academic Affairs No 1. at the Ministry of Higher Education, Cameroon during which she was responsible for evaluation and monitoring of Higher Education Institutions in Cameroon in strategic leadership, academic planning and quality, teaching and learning. She was the Focal Point for Pan African University; Conference of Ministers of Education in Africa (COMEDAF); Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers and most of all UNESCO. Moreover, she represented the Cameroon Minister of Higher Education in several capacities.

Mr Hambani Masheleni

Mr. Hambani Masheleni is a holder of an MSc Applied Physics and BSc Physics Honours degrees covering a broad range of career paths that include Environmental Physics, Atmospheric Physics, meteorology, mathematics and computational skills. He has professional experience in public sector, research and science and technology policy area.

 

Currently Mr.Masheleni is employed by the African Union Commission and works in the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology. He is the Ag. Head for the Division of Science and Technology. One of the long-term focuses of the Commission is to promote the development and use of science, technology and innovation (STI) in the continent. Mr. Masheleni has been involved in the formulation and implementation of the AU Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024). This strategy was developed within the overall and broader AU Agenda 2063, to deploy science, technology and innovation across various socio-economic sectors with a view to foster social transformation and economic competitiveness, and eventual contributing to achieving the Agenda 2063 aspirations, and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) thereby creating long-term economic benefits for the continent and beyond. The AU Commission further continues to take strong measures to maintain Research and Innovation on top of the political, development, and cooperation and agendas.

 

Mr Kasirim Nwuke

Kasirim Nwuke is Chief, New Technologies and Innovation Section at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Nwuke was a Research Associate at the Harvard University School of Public Health, a Research Fellow at the African Studies Center, Boston University and an Associate and TAG Associates, Norwood, MA. In 2005, he served as Special Advisor to Nigeria’s then Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. At ECA, he has led numerous research projects, and technical advisory missions to member States. He has taught in a number of higher education institutions in the USA. Mr. Nwuke has written a number of scholarly papers and policy reports.

Ms Mmampei Chaba

Ms Mmampei Chaba, is currently Chief Director responsible for Multilateral and Africa engagements within DST and has been in this position for the last 7 years. Her responsibilities include managing South Africa’s global and African multilateral Science, Technology and Innovation relations with organisations such as the UN, SADC and the African Union. Her She is also responsible for managing the 26 Science, Technology and Innovation bilateral agreements that South Africa has entered into with strategic countries in the continent.

Before occupying this post, she served as a Director: Multilateral Cooperation from 2006 – 2010 within the DST and as a Deputy Director in Multilateral Cooperation from 2004 – 2006. She was also seconded to the UK in 2008 on DST’s behalf. Before joining the DST she worked in the Department of Health for 5 years as a Medical Scientist. Ms Chaba obtained her BSc degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Cape Town and her Honour degree from University of Pretoria, in Human Genetics.

Prof Nelson Torto

Nelson Torto is the Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), a pan African organisation which  drives sustainable development in Africa through science technology and innovation.

Prior to joining the AAS, he was the founding CEO of the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI), which values cocreation and empathy. He was the Head of Chemistry at Rhodes University, and Associate Professor  at the University of Botswana. He is a recipient of several international awards, has served in various capacities in African and international networks and organisations as well as editorial boards.

  1. The African Union Commission elaborated a continental strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (STISA-2024) to drive the deployment of science, technology and innovation across all development sectors. The strategy aims at fostering social transformation and economic competitiveness through human capital development, innovation, value addition, industrialization and entrepreneurship. It underscores the centrality of Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa and the need to stream STI in the implementation of the AU Agenda 2063. It emphasizes the need to mobilize and widen the involvement of relevant segments of our population, through reaping the demographic dividend, especially women and youth, whose energy, creativity and courage must drive its development agenda. The strategy enables us to strengthen coordination and address weak levels of investment. There are a number of initiatives that have been launched by the Commission, NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities and other regional players for the continent to collectively advance science, technology and innovation.

 

  1. The session will provide a dialogue/presentation on the state of implementation of STISA 2024 and raise awareness the role of science, technology and innovation in the implementation of theAU Agenda 2063; integration of STISA-2024 in implementation plans, and forging strategic and collaborative partnerships, including engaging the private sector.There will be discussions on critical issues which include funding STI in Africa through instruments such as African Union Research Grants. The session will also highlight the implication of the outcome of the Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government (C10) Championing Education, Science, and Technology.

 

  1. The expected outcomes include:
  • Heightened dialogue and awareness on the state of implementation of STISA 2024 and the role of science, technology and innovation in the implementation of AU Agenda 2063,
  • Enhanced integrating ofSTISA-2024 in national and regional implementation plans, and fostering forging partnerships to promote intra-Africa collaboration, including engaging the private sector.
  • The need to increase funding for science, technology and innovation at national, regional and continental levels highlighted.
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