Transformative Innovation Research and Policy Agenda for Africa

Coordinator:
Dr Chux Daniels
Panellists:
Dr Mafini Dosso
Dr Sepo Hachigonta
Mr Imraan Patel
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 Mafini Dosso

Dr Mafini DOSSO, from Côte d’Ivoire and France, holds a PhD in economics of innovation from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). Since 2013, she has worked as an Economist and Policy Analyst at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Seville, Spain. Her work focus on the analysis of technological and innovation trends of the world’s largest innovative companies to inform industrial and innovation policies in the European Union. She also leads the JRC’s scientific and conceptual policy reflections on the cooperation between sub-Saharan Africa and the EU for innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3). She often provides technical advice on research, innovation management and policies to various establishments in Côte d’Ivoire.

Dr Sepo Hachigonta

Dr Sepo Hachigonta: Director – Strategic Partnerships at the National Research Foundation. Developing, nurturing and advancing strategic partnerships locally, regionally and internationally; contributing to NRF’s resource mobilisation agenda, positioning NRF as a world class funding and research performing institution. Notable leadership roles and accomplishments:

1) Leading the design and implementation of the transformative innovation policy consortium working together with DST, Sussex University and a consortium of public funding agencies from Colombia, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The consortium’s key objective is to examine and expand on current innovation frames and approaches to assist in solving urgent social and economic issues using transdisciplinary approaches;

2) Facilitating national and international activities/engagements including strategic planning for South Africa and African experts to effectively participate in global events;

3) Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) project manager – NRF. Since inception, he has successfully led the planning and implementation of SFSA – an open science forum which brings together more than 3000 participants;

4) Successfully leading South Africa’s partnership with the Global Research Council (GRC) – a global body of funding agencies with long-term objective of fostering multilateral research and collaboration across continents to benefit both developing and developed nations;

5) Facilitating and promoting national and international scientific exchange and collaboration between researchers and research institutions;

6) Currently leading discussion for joint fund Research Chairs. These include a transdisciplinary joint Research Chair in partnership with University of Sussex; a joint Research Chairs on Agriculture in five African countries in partnership with Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM); a Trilateral Research Chair in partnership with British Council and a third African country.

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.

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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