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The Scinnovent Centre
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P.O. Box 52486
00100, Nairobi Kenya
Dr. Maurice Ochieng Bolo is the Founding Director of the Nairobi-based Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy think-tank – The Scinnovent Centre (www.scinnovent.org).
Prior to joining the Centre in February 2012, Dr. Bolo worked with the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) as a Research Officer from 2002 – 2007 before proceeding for his PhD studies at The Open University (Milton Keynes, United Kingdom) between 2007 – 2010 where he earned his PhD in Technology, Innovation and Development Policy. After his PhD, Maurice returned to ATPS as a Post-doctoral Research Officer and coordinated a regional programme on “Intellectual Property Rights, Indigenous Knowledge and Access and Benefit Sharing” which covered 8 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
During his time with ATPS, Dr. Bolo also coordinated an Africa-wide Biotechnology Programme whose key outcome was a joint International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and ATPS book in 2007 titled “Biotechnology: Eastern African Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Trade Policy” which he co-edited.
Maurice has conducted research consultancies with numerous international bodies including the World Bank, the United Nations University Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH); the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) amongst others. He has published widely on issues of Innovation, Technology, Policy and Development.
Maurice was also the founder and Regional Coordinator (2005 – 2009) of the African Youth Forum on Science and Technology (AYFST), a pan-African network of young professionals engaged in agriculture, science, technology and innovation for Africa’s development.
Key research interests include: Innovation; Commercialization of Technology; Technology Transfer; Intellectual Property; Open Science and Open Innovation; Innovation Systems; Value Chain Analysis; Health Innovation; Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; Biotechnology and Biosafety; Entrepreneurship and Governance; Knowledge Appropriation Strategies
Baumüller, H, Bolo, M, (eds) (2007) ‘Biotechnology: Eastern African Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Trade Policy’, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva, Switzerland
Bolo, M (2008) ‘Learning, innovation and cluster-based growth: the case of Lake Naivasha cut flower cluster in Kenya’ in Douglas Zhihua Zeng (ed.), ‘Knowledge, Technology, and Cluster-Based Growth in Africa’, World Bank, Washington, D.C., pp 37‑51
Chataway, J, Wield, D, Bolo, M (2010) ‘Issues in the Political Economy of Agricultural Biotechnology’, Journal of Agrarian Change, Special Issue: Productive Forces in Capitalist Agriculture: Political Economy and Political Ecology 10 (3) 342‑366
Bolo, M (2010) ‘Learning to export: building farmers’ capabilities through partnerships in Kenya’s flower industry’, Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food Symposium (ISDA) 2010, Montpellier, France, June 2010
Bolo, M (2005) ‘Agricultural Biotechnology and Wealth Creation: The case of tree biotechnology project in Kenya’, The African regional Youth Congress and Exposition on Youth Employment and Wealth Creation: Opportunities in Agriculture, Science and Technology and Youth Leadership for HIV/AIDS Prevention, Nairobi, Kenya, June 2005
Bolo, M, Osir, E, Rugutt, M, Desai, K (2015) ‘Stimulating Innovation Entrepreneurship in Kenyan Universities and Public Research Institutes: Is performance-based Research Funding Model the Answer?’, Scinnovent Policy Brief
Bolo, M, Odongo, D, Awino, V (2015) ‘In Pursuit of the Third Mission: Universities and public research institutes as progenitors of technology and innovation in Kenya: The Scinnovent Centre Discussion Paper 03’
Ozor, N, Urama, K, Bolo, M, Sibanda, L, Brown, E, Reid, G (2011) ‘Strengthening Linkages between Policy Research and Policymaking for African Development’, workshop, Mombasa, Kenya, February 16 – 18, 2011
Bolo, M, Francis, JA (2010) ‘From Maastricht to Montpellier: Lessons from the CTA Capacity Building Programme on Analyzing Agricultural Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) Systems (2004 – 2009)’, workshop, Montpellier, France, July 1 – 2, 2010