The Next 50: Technology for Sustainable African Development

Originally posted Dec 1, 2010 8:41 PM by Project Africa   [ updated Dec 1, 2010 8:46 PM ]

Please join us Friday the 3rd of December for this important discussion.
Here are the bios of our esteemed panelists:

Professor Ehiedu E.G. Iweriebor

Professor Iweriebor has been teaching at the university level since the late 1970s. He was educated at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria from where he received his B.A (Hons) and M.A. in History. He received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, New York. He is an intellectual historian, and his areas of research, writing and teaching include the history of Nigerian and African Radicalism; Pan-Africanism, Nationalism; Ancient Africa and the history of contemporary African political and economic development.

His current research is on contemporary African economic history, with special emphasis on innovative endogenous responses to economic crises, technological development, the growth of autocentric perspectives and practices among Nigerian intelligentsia and entrepreneurs and the emergence of new economic sub-sectors and of a new dialectical economic environment in Africa.

He has taught at several universities in Nigeria and the United States, including the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Between 1990-1994, he was Assistant Professor, Department of History, and pioneer Chair, Department of African Studies, Manhattanville College, Purchase. He has been at Hunter College since 1994, where he is currently Full Professor and Chair, Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/ Latino Studies. He has developed courses in the history of contemporary Africa and Modern Nigeria.

Dr. Iweriebor has published extensively including scholarly articles, popular essays on aspects of African development, books and book chapters. He has contributed important synthetic chapters to volumes 4 and 5 of Africa (5 volumes) published by Carolina Academic Press, the new major textbook for teaching African history in the United States. His books include:

Radical Politics in Nigeria: The Significance of the Zikist Movement, 1945- 1950. (Zaria: Ahmadu Bello University Press, 1996)

The Age of Neo-Colonialism in Africa. (Ibadan: African Book Builders, 1997).
______ with Martin I. Uhomoibhi, UN Security Council: A Case for Nigeria’’s Membership. (Lagos: Time Books, 1999)
The Machinery Industry and the Challenge of Sustainable Industrialization in Nigeria. (Lagos: Nigeria Economic Summit Group, 2003).
Nigerian Technology Development Since Independence. (Ibadan: BookBuilders, 2004)
He is currently completing work on a number of book projects including Nigeria in Transformation and African Liberated Development.Professor Iweriebor belongs to several professional associations including the African Studies Association (ASA) USA. He is an active participant in groups, conferences and events geared to the production and propagation of innovative ideas and non-dependent strategies, programs and blueprints for Africa’s self-directed development.Ms. Jennet Kem 

Ms. Kem, (Cameroonian), holds post graduate certificates in Law (DEA) from the University of Yaounde and Social Work Administration from the School of Administration and Magistracy-Yaounde-Cameroon. She is a strong Women’s Rights and gender equality advocate, with more than 15 years of experience in offering technical advisory and operational services to a cross-section of development agencies on gender analysis, policy/law development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as advocacy and partnerships building.

Jennet is currently the Senior Gender Adviser for the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, where she works as the Bureau Resource-person on gender related matters, providing substantive support to UNDP/RBA Gender Focal Points as well as gender related policy advisory support to HQ and Country Offices. In this capacity, she partners with other UN and development agencies, governments, the academia, the private sector, civil society organizations, community and faith-based organizations.

Before joining UNDP, she supported the initiation, implementation and monitoring of catalytic and innovative gender and women’s empowerment programmes in Africa and other regions, working as the Director for the Promotion of Women’s Rights in the Government of Cameroon, the Inaugural National Coordinator for the Gender and Development Fund, put in place by CIDA (Canadian) in Cameroon, the inaugural Country Program Manager for UNIFEM (Now Part of UN Women) in Cameroon, Adviser on Gender and Public Finance Management for the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, where she intensified advocacy and capacity building for Gender Responsive Budgeting and gender responsive aid effectiveness with some Commonwealth Ministers of Finance.

Ms. Kem has initiated, led and contributed to many unpublished research works on women’s rights and gender equality, including women’s rights to inherit, own and manage land; analysis of the application and applicability of gender equality laws; various aspects of women’s human rights and gender justice; socio-cultural practices affecting women’s rights in Cameroon; Gender Responsive Budgeting; Gender and Aid Effectiveness; Gender, Peace and Security; Gender Dimensions of HIV/AIDS; Institutionalization of GRB, Reducing Feminized Poverty; Gender and Microfinance, amongst others. She has made presentations on these and related topics at various high-level events organized by the UN, Governments, Universities and other development partners.

She is currently working on a PH.D Thesis on an area of women’s rights and gender justice. She holds the Traditional Title of Queen-Mother in her home community, in recognition of her dynamism and exemplary leadership.

Nick Moon 

Nick is Founding Director of KickStart International , a not-for-profit Social Enterprise started in Kenya. KickStart’s mission is to end poverty in Africa by creating economic growth and employment.

KickStart designs, makes, distributes, promotes, and sells technologies that enable cash-poor “Base of the Pyramid” entrepreneurs to start up profitable micro-enterprises. Its best known technologies are its range of “MoneyMaker” micro-irrigation pumps, especially developed to enable smallholder farmers transform from subsistence to commercial agriculture. By end October 2010 KickStart had sold 160,000 of these pumps (mostly in East/Southern Africa). Currently some 102,000 family enterprises use them to generate over $101 million per year in new profits, and provide jobs to over 150,000 more. Families use their new incomes to get better food, educate their children, access health care and invest in their futures. 1500 new enterprises start up every month.

KickStart is recognized for its ground-breaking ‘wealth creation’ approach to enterprise and social development, as an example of best practice in bringing together private and public investments to achieve economic growth and social equity. Nick and KickStart co-founder Dr. Martin Fisher have won:

§ Lemelson–MIT Award for Sustainability 2008

§ Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation 2008

§ Fast Company Magazine’s ‘Social Capitalist’ Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

§ Skoll Foundation ‘New Heroes’ Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2004

§ United Nations AGFUND Prize for Pioneering Development Projects, November 2003

§ Beacon Fellowship Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Social Enterprise, October 2003

§ Gleitsman Award of Achievement for Commitment and Leadership in Initiating Social Change 2003

§ Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2003” Award

§ Newsweek Magazine Citation for “Inventions that Will Change the World”, June 2003

§ TIME Magazine “2003 European Hero” citation, April 2003

§ San Jose Tech Museum Award for “Technologies Benefiting Humanity”, November 2002

§ Irrigation Association “Innovative Irrigation Ideas & Technologies” Award, October 2002


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