Transformative Innovation Research and Policy Agenda for Africa

Coordinator:
Dr Chux Daniels
Panellists:
Dr Thandi Mgwebi
Dr Sepo Hachigonta
Mr Imraan Patel
Ms Blanche Ting
Prof Johan Schot

Dr Chux Daniels

Dr Chux Daniels is a Research Fellow in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. His research connects STI and public policies in fostering transformative change that contributes to addressing development challenges. His areas of interests include STI, public policies, evaluation, inclusion in STI, capabilities for policymaking, entrepreneurship, indicators and metrics for STI. He is a member of the African Union Commission M&E Committee on STISA-2024. His recent research, policy, and consultancy projects include various African countries, the Caribbean, the United Nations ESCAP and UNCTAD, and several private sector entities such as GSMA and KPMG. He holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies from SPRU.

Dr Thandi Mgwebi

Thandi is a research and innovation leader currently serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement at Tshwane University of Technology. She holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Cape Town, a Higher Diploma in Education, a postgraduate degree in Higher Education Management from University of Melbourne, Australia and a certificate in Management Development Programme from the Stellenbosch University Business School. After a postdoctoral research period, she worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as an early-career scientist, and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). In 2008, she joined the National Research Foundation as Director for Human Capacity Development and later as Executive Director for DST-NRF Research Chairs Initiative and Centres of Excellence, the national flagship programmes of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Before joining TUT, she was Professor and Head of Research at the University of the Western Cape.

Mr Imraan Patel

Mr Imraan Patel, a public policy and strategy specialist with a focus on the related areas of innovation, sustainability, social and economic development, public management and governance. Employed since 2006 at the Department of Science and Technology, he is currently a Deputy Director-General and represents the department on the social and economic clusters of government. At DST, he is responsible for strategically driving a portfolio of investments and policies that advance the social and economic development priorities of government through science and technology-based interventions. Particular areas of focus include science and technology for sustainable development, industrial development, transformative innovation, science and technology-based decision support.

Ms Blanche Ting

Blanche Ting is a Doctoral Researcher, with a topic on South Africa’s energy transition. Her case studies involves, coal, gas and renewable energy for the power sector. Blanche had previously worked in the South African government on Science and Technology, with special focus on industrial bio-economy, and Sasol as an Environmental Scientist. More, recently she was employed at UNCTAD, Geneva, contributing to the Flagship Technology Innovation Report (TIR) on how society can adapt and harness the potential of rapid technological change.

Prof Johan Schot

Professor Johan Schot is Director at the internationally renowned Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. As a Professor in History of Technology and Sustainability Transitions Studies, Schot’s interests orientate around action-driven research that focuses on integrating disciplines and providing the historical perspective for increased knowledge to support positive societal change. He is the author of many influential publications including

Transitions Towards Sustainable Development. New Directions In The Study Of Long Term Transformative Change (Grin, Rotmans& Schot) and Writing The Rules For Europe: Experts, Cartels And International Organisations (Schot & Kaiser)

The need for transformations in Africa across sectors, socio-technical systems and societies have been expressed in various continental policy documents, strategies, and frameworks. These frameworks include the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024), the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA), and Africa’s Agenda 2063, which has the transformation as the central theme. Across the Regional Economic Commissions (RECs) and National contexts, we observe similar aspirations for transformative change. These aspirations as articulated by RECs and national governments aim to deploy the power of public policies in bringing socio-economic development that is both inclusive and sustainable and does not exacerbate, for example, inequality. Furthermore, at the global level, the 2030 Agenda to transform our world, presents another compelling example of why transformative change is an imperative; and why challenge-led policies are needed.

Nevertheless, the processes involved in challenge-led science, technology and innovation (STI) policymaking is far from clear. There is also the need for better understanding of the research needed to support transformative STI policies. With this in mind, this session draws from the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium research in igniting conversations in science by focusing on two key questions: (1) in what ways can we strengthen STI policy formulation, implementation and governance in Africa in order to (a) achieve transformative change; (b) enhance inclusive development that leave no one behind; and (c) address the SDGs in Africa? (2) What roles for the STI community in strengthening policymaking and research for transformative change?

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