Prof John Mugabe
He is a native of Madagascar, the island of lemurs, chameleons and many other different animals and plants that you can only find here on this island. He is the President of the Madagascar Primates Group (GERP), an organization that advocates for the protection of Malagasy lemur species. He is also a professor at the University of Antananarivo. He holds a PhD in Anthropology (focus in Primatology) from Stony Brook University in New York. Currently, he is the Vice Co-Chair of the Primate Specialist Group –Madagascar section of the IUCN/SCC. He also has been an active member of different national and international conservation organizations and he is also a current member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Primatology as well as the Madagascar Conservation and Development journal. Pr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy is the pioneer of Lemur conservation in Madagascar.
Matija Vilfan works for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as the Policy Analyst – Country Knowledge Management Officer. He is part of the team developing concepts, methods and tools for evidence-informed policymaking. Previously he has held different governmental positions dealing with Regional and Cohesion Policy in his native Slovenia; later on he worked as the governance and management systems’ compliance auditor for the European Commission, followed by a period as regional and project director at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. With his team of the Danube Strategy Point Office in Brussels he was supporting and developing the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Before joining the European Commission Matija lead a team of international experts researching and analysing the quality of service delivery in public administrations in the Western Balkans and providing strategic and operational support to implementation of public administration reforms, e-Government and Open Data Partnership initiatives.
Prof John Mugabe
John Ouma-Mugabe is Professor of Science and Innovation Policy at the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria and founding Director of the Foundation for Innovation and Technology-Africa (FIT-Africa) Pretoria, South Africa. He is an Associate Faculty at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. He is former Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) Nairobi, Kenya, and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Midrand, South Africa. Prof. Ouma-Mugabe holds a doctorate degree in political economy of technology and environmental policy from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He serves of many boards and committees of international organizations and programmes.John Ouma-Mugabe is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) since 2001, Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) since 2013 and Fellow of the Academy for Engineering and Technology for the Developing World (ATEWD) since 2018. He has published widely on science, technology, innovation and environmental policy in Africa. His current research focuses on the political economy of science, technology and innovation policy-making in Africa.
The Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 provide an agreed consensus for improving lives of people in Africa and across the world. Implementing these development agendas requires knowledge, technology and innovations to address the challenges facing the continent and to maximise the impact of existing interventions so more Africans can lead better lives. Academies, with their membership comprise an array of expertise, a resource that governments can harness for evidence-based policymaking and investments. The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is a strategic resource for African policymakers and international governments and funders looking to invest in science, technology and innovation on the continent. Its partnership with the African Union and its technical agency, NEPAD, provide a close proximity to policymakers that potentially enables it to influence policy, promote the uptake of research and ensure an Africa-led and Africa-relevant science, technology and innovation agenda. In the absence of favorable STI policy and related legislation, institutions for STI are unlikely to have positive effect on the attainment of SDGs. The panellist will be talking about First, what kind(s) of scientific evidence do African policy-makers require to improve STI policy in general and STI policies for SDGs. Second, what kinds of capacities do African researchers require to generate and provide appropriate evidence for policy.