Modalities of Innovation hubs and innovative entrepreneurs in Africa

20 September 2018
Hosted by:

University of Ottawa

uOttawa, Fauteux Hall, FTX 147

Ottawa, Canada

TIME: 5:30-7:00 pm

The speaker is Professor Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. Professor Kraemer-Mbula’s presentation will discuss innovation hubs in various African countries, paying particular attention to the diversity of hubs and coexistence of traditional science parks and the new modalities of hubs, such Makerspaces. This presentation will explore the activities of the hubs in connection to young innovative African entrepreneurs who are increasingly looking to entrepreneurship in order to secure their future.


Dr. Erika Kraemer-Mbula is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Her research interests are science and technology policy analysis, innovation systems, sustainable development, and various routes to the expansion of creative competencies in Africa, including public policy, learning, and international cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI). Initially trained as an economist, Kraemer-Mbula holds a Master’s in Science and Technology Policy by SPRU (with distinction) from the Science and Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex, UK), and a Doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. In her academic and professional career, Kraemer-Mbula has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to explore alternative development paths for African countries. Between 2001 and 2011, she has served as a researcher at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) in Brighton, UK, and at the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. In addition to Open AIR, she is an active member of Africalics, a Board Member of the Globelics Scientific Committee, and has co-authored books on Industrial Competitiveness in Africa (ITDG) and Innovation and the Development Agenda (OECD/IDRC).