In the West Africa where he gave a series of lectures on innovation from science, technology, engineering and mathematics for an Integrated African Sustainable Development. Being a champion of Pan-Africanism, he believes that innovation can be used to promote African unity. But is the continent doing enough to encourage innovation among its people? Guest: Prof Mammo Muchie – Research Chair in Innovation Studies Faculty of Economics and Finance at Tshwane University of Technology
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Professor mammo Muchie is the initiating Advisor for the 1st All Afrikana first youth Congress (1st AAFYC 2017) that is prepared as the 1st Congress and Conference organized by the African Union Students’ Council (AUSC) to gather all AUSC leaders , Advisors and Friends with intention to shape the Better Africa We Deserve as young generation basing on the African Young people empowered from their different communities from accross African Continent and African Diaspora .
The Congress will be held in Kigali-Rwanda from 15th to 18th October , 2017.
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Prof. Mammo Muchie
Title: Making Africa’s Integrated Sustainable Development through New Innovation System
More resources still flow out of Africa than what comes in from outside. Africa is a donator and it is not donated. Africa too develops those who claim to donate to Africa by a huge amount of its wealth flowing out without interruption. There is a need without fail to find new, creative and innovative ways to create an integrated sustainable development path by using the innovation system approach now more at a time when the world is now going through exponential technology, digitalisation and the knowledge economy that has earned the description of the 4th industrial revolution. Still, Africa is in the mineral, raw material, and agricultural value chain at a time when the global value chain is driven by the exponential technology driven with digital, nanotechnology, biotechnology and cognitive technology.
Africa cannot copy the economic growth linear path that has brought nature damage and unemployment, inequality, and poverty. We need to innovate an economic system with validation criteria where nature, human and economic gains are the output to measure productivity. Africa has to break out of the narrow only for profit global value chain. It must go for co-evolution not a linear path of both profit and non-profit social and nature wellness gains. A new transformative innovative economic path that combines nature and social wellbeing is urgently required. A new innovation imagination is needed to bring about a totally new humane and green innovative economic growth. Wellbeing multiplication not subtraction, nature safety rather than damage must re-engineer the whole African innovative economic growth future. A new innovation and sustainable and integrated system that synthesises with creativity and innovation state with private, market with planning and economics with politics, to make profit with non-profit and social entrepreneurship, not individual entrepreneurship is critical to make a new sustainable integrated African development system by embedding a total invention, innovation, learning culture. Africa has to embark on a new co-evolutionary path by applying knowledge, learning, innovation, competence building for developing a sustainable integrated African knowledge economy. A new Pan African innovation system by learning and building from the past inventions, innovation by using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to create jobs for the youth in Africa and transform the agriculture, mineral and raw material economy is critical. The keynote will address how the new transformative innovation system approach can be applied to generate a new co-evolutionary integrated and sustainable African development to move Africa from the raw material, mineral, and agriculture value chain to the knowledge economy global value chain.
Professor Mammo Muchie holds a DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development (STI&D) from the University of Sussex. UK. He is currently a DST/NRF rated Research Professor at the Faculty of Management Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. He is a fellow of the South African Academy of Sciences and the African Academy of Sciences. He is also currently adjunct Professor at the Adama Science, Technology University, Arsi University, Addis Ababa University and University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He has been senior research associate at the SPMTDC programme and also has become Senior Research Associate at the TMD Centre of Oxford University. He is collaborating with researchers (DILIC) on the potential research areas of Africa-China industrial high-technology sectors. He has been invited as Associate Faculty professor at Sussex University, UK for the next three years; at the University of Economics in Prague as visiting professor, Jawarahal Nehru University India, Tonji and Shanghai University, China; Honorary Professor Jiaxing University, China, Assistant Professor Amsterdam University, Visiting Professor Carleton College, USA; Principal Lecturer, Middlesex University, Professor, Aalborg University; Part–time Lecturer, Cambridge University; Honorary Professor UNISA. Professor Mammo held various positions globally, including the Director of the Research Programme on Civil Society and African Integration at the then University of Kwa Zulu-Natal; board member at the North-Western University, Chengdu, China
He is currently the chairman of the advisory board of African Talent hub of the Community Interest Company (registration no.10461990) to raise funds for making Africa the talent, innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and knowledge hub of the world. He has been appointed as special distinguished advisor to the Africa Union’s Student Council and a mentor for the African Entrepreneurship award. He has initiated the African Unity for Renaissance and Knowledge Exchange series of conferences since the last six years. He is a founding scientific advisor to ´the African Solar network, founding chairman of the Network of Ethiopian scholars. He has lead the SIDA,Sweden-fundedd research on engineering design and on transformative innovation for African integrated development and educate on public media to speed up the creation of innovative and renascent Africa. He is also a co-founding member of the Nano Technology Institute in TUT leading the innovation side of the research.
He is a founding board member of Globelics, focusing research on the challenges of building African innovation systems. He has promoted Africa and highlighted African Innovation and Development in Globelics foundation. He has served as scientific board members in a variety of networks including ICAT, Medalics as part of the founding scientific board member of the network that connects North Africa, with the Middle East and Southern Europe, co-founder of the Africalics network. 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 organised by the Association of Common Wealth Universities. Also, he has been invited for many keynote addresses and lectures in Africa and world-wide.
Perhaps one of the most significant contributions to promote the emerging field on innovation studies in Africa was the South African research Chairs Initiative (SARChI). The first chair on Innovation Studies supported by the DST/NRF in South Africa was awarded to him to promote doctoral and post-doctoral research in Africa.
Prof. Mammo is the chief editor and in the editorial board of many scholarly international journals. His positions in the scholarly journals are as follows; Founder Editor- in- Chief: African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Taylor and Francis; Founder Chief editor, The Ethiopian Electronic Journal for Research & Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF); Editor, Journal of Agriculture and Economic Development, Founder Editor in chief of the new journal of Creativity, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship; Editor: Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, Academic Journals; Editor: Innovation and Development, Taylor and Francis; Editorial Board member of The Nexus Innovation Journal, Tshwane University of Technology; Institute and Economics (Formally Known as International Journal of Institution and Economics), University of Malaya; Ethiopian Journal of Business and Economics (The), African Journals Online; Journal of Social and Economic Development: Official Publication of Institute for Social and Economic Change; Journal of China and International Relations (CIR) , Aalborg University; Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, Taylor and Francis; Financial Innovation, Springer; Social Epistemology, A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy, Taylor and Francis
He has been a scientific and academic advisor to the local e-Governance research that involved ten African countries on ICT&D funded by IDRC and managed by CAFRAD. He has been appointed as a consultant on UNESCO’s higher education, Research and Knowledge forum. He has served as a post-doctoral mentor in the NRF national postdoctoral Forum.
He has published in the areas of: international political economy, development economics of innovation and the making of African systems of innovation, and new technologies and development across disciplines. Since 1985, he has produced over 375 publications, including books, chapters in books, and articles in internationally accredited journals and entries in institutional publications. (see www.sarchi-steid.org.za)
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