We are pleased to advise that we attracted a number of high quality presentations and papers from across the globe. There are a total of thirty four papers and presentations made up of:  twenty seven academic papers and seven keynote presentations, including by Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard; Professor Anil Gupta, Indian Institute of Management; Professor Raphael Kaplinsky, Open University, Professor Judith Sutz, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, Professor Derek Keats, Wits University and Carlota Perez renowned economic and technological historian and analyst. Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Chair of the Technology Innovation Agency has accepted our invitation to provide the Opening Keynote address. The academic paper presentations will be complemented by a development partners roundtable, private sector panel, policy roundtable and several activities open to the general public including a public lecture by Professor Anil Gupta and a public debate on creating an innovation culture in South Africa.


Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Chairperson of the TIA Board

Dr Mamphela Ramphele is the Chairperson of the TIA Board. She spent four years as a Managing Director at the World Bank. Prior to her time at the World Bank she was the Vice Chancellor University of Cape Town. She served as a Director at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa and Equal...more>>

Paper: Innovation architecture at the National Level 



Professor Judith Sutz

Universidad de la República Uruguay

Judith Sutz is the Academic Coordinator of the University Research Council of the University of the Republic, Uruguay, and Professor of Science, Technology and Society in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research work is related with the specific conditions for innovation in developing...more>>

Paper: Measuring innovation in a developmental context 

Abstract: Presentation

Professor Anil Gupta

Indian Institute of Management


His mission is to expand global as well as local space for grassroots innovators to ensure recognition, respect and reward for them; blending excellence in formal and informal science; protection of intellectual property rights of the innovators but also expanding open source as a part of ‘technology commons’; ethical issues in conservation and prospecting of biodiversity; linking innovations, inv...more>>

Paper: Innovations for the poor by the poor 

Abstract: Presentation

Professor Raphaael Kaplinsky

Open University

South Africa/United Kingdom

Raphael Kaplinsky is a Professor of International Development at the Open University. He is the author of numerous books on technology, industrialisation, and globalisation. These include studies on globalisation, industrial policy, industrial organisation, global value chains, the international automobile sector, computer-integrated automation, ...more>>

Paper: Innovation for the bottom of the pyramid 

Abstract: Presentation

Professor  Derek Keats

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa


Prof Derek W. Keats is Deputy Vice Chancellor, Knowledge and Information Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  Derek is a marine biologist with strong interests in the innovation power of technology in higher education.  He has developed a number of initiatives in the fields of educational and environmental informatics and founded the African Virtual Open Initiatives and...more>>

Paper: Opportunities to foster innovation based on Free & Open Source Software.   

Abstract: Presentation

Professor  Carlota Perez

University of Sussex and Cambridge University

Venezuela/United Kingdom


Carlota Perez is a researcher, lecturer and international consultant, specialized in the social and economic impact of technical change in the historically changing conditions for growth, development and competitiveness. She is visiting Senior Research Fellow at CFAP (Centre for Financial Analysis and Policy), Judge Business School, Cambridge University, U.K., Professor of Technology ...more>>

Paper: Technological change and innovation take the lead in economic restructuring 

Abstract: Presentation

Professor  Calestous Juma

Harvard University

Kenya/United States

Calestous Juma is an internationally recognized authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide. He is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also directs the Agricultural Innovation in...more>>

Paper: Entrepreneurship in an age of technological abundance

Abstract: Presentation


Papers by themes and emerging scholars:


Click on the following links for more information about the papers and emerging scholars. 


Theme 1: Innovation and Development: setting the agenda

Theme 2: Dynamics of innovation in developing countries: innovation outcomes

Theme 3: Generate, promote and support innovation in developing countries: practice and policy

Emerging Scholars