Prof. Oyebanji Oyeyinka , Africa Economics and Technical Adviser UN-HABITAT

Prof. Oyebanji Oyeyinka , Africa Economics and Technical Adviser UN-HABITAT

Prof Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka is Director, of the Monitoring and Research Division at UN-HABITAT in Nairobi, and a Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, where he served as Senior Researcher and Professor of Technology Management and Industrialization until December 2006. A Nigerian national, he joined the former UNU-INTECH (now UNU-MERIT) in March 2001 after working with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as senior economic affair officer coordinating the ten-yearly review of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Prior to that he was professor at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan , Nigeria. For several years he also served as National co-coordinator of the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network in Nigeria. Professor Oyeyinka obtained a DPhil. in Technology Policy and Industrialization from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex . His current research focuses on comparative institutional analysis of systems of innovation in developing countries. He has done considerable work on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and small and medium enterprise (SME) and clusters, within the systems of innovation framework. He is a contributor to recent books including: (1) Putting Africa First: The Making of African Innovation Systems", (Aalborg Press, 2003); and (2) "Africadotedu: IT Opportunities and Higher Education in Africa ", (McGraw Hill, 2003).s

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