Calestous Juma

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Tributes to Calestous Juma

| December 2017


   Memorial Information
   Media Coverage

Visionary, professor, author, scientist, and champion of innovation Calestous Juma died on December 15, 2017 at age 64 following a lengthy illness. He continued his work, meeting with students and working on new book projects, until his final days. Following his death, tributes have poured in from students, world leaders, colleagues, and friends whose lives – and countries – he influenced.

Juma was Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization Project. He also directed the Center's Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa and Health Innovation Policy in Africa projects. Born in Kenya, Juma was a global renaissance man of science and technology: an elected member of the Royal Society of London, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the African Academy of Sciences.

On this page, we have collected links to tributes and related media coverage, Juma’s research, and a photo gallery. We also invite you to submit your memories of this remarkable and beloved man using the comments form at the very bottom of this page.

Memorial Information

Public memorial services were held in Kenya on January 4 at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi and on January 5 at Port Victoria’s St. Nicholas Catholic Church. A celebration of his life took place at Harvard's Memorial Church at 10 a.m. on April 21.


Remembering Calestous Juma | Ash Carter

Remembering Our Colleague Professor Calestous Juma | By William C. Clark, John P. Holdren, Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti, and Daniel Schrag

The Human Element: Remembering Calestous Juma | Harvard Kennedy School

World Leaders, NGOs, and Academics Remember Calestous Juma

A Lifelong Champion for “Inclusive Innovation” | Belfer Center

Biographical Memoir of Calestous Juma | The Royal Society

In Memory of Professor Calestous Juma | Ibrahim Mayaki

In Memory of Calestous Juma | University of Sussex

Letter to Alison Juma | WWF

Letter to Dean Douglas Elmendorf | H.E. Dr. Bandar Hajjar, Chairman of the Islamic Development Bank Group

Tribute to Professor Calestous Juma | Rosalia Omungo, News Editor at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Remembering Calestous Juma: Scholar and Champion of Innovation | Food Tank: The Think Tank For Food

Calestous Juma: How Africa Can Honour His Legacy | The Conversation

Prof Calestous Juma: The Village Boy Who Dared to Dream | Daily Nation

Prof Calestous Juma Was a Globally Known Researcher Whose Predictions Came to Pass | Daily Nation

When the Music Died | New Straits Times


A Tribute to Calestous Juma

Media Coverage


"Calestous Juma, 64, Dies; Sought Innovation in African Agriculture" | The New York Times

"Calestous Juma Fought to Promote Genetically Modified Crops in Africa" | The Wall Street Journal

"Seeds of Change: Calestous Juma died on December 15" | The Economist

"Calestous Juma’s legacy of supporting innovation in Africa is the gift he gave us all" | Quartz

"Professor Calestous Juma: Advocate for Innovation" | Cornell Alliance for Science

"Kenyan-born Harvard scholar Calestous Juma dies in US" | Daily Nation

"Prof Juma: Renowned Kenyan scholar with links to Arusha" | The Citizen

"Loss of a Mentor" | Huffington Post

"The world will miss Calestous Juma" | CapX

"Kennedy School Professor Calestous Juma Dies at 64" | The Harvard Crimson

"Calestous Juma, 64, champion of sustainable international development" | The Boston Globe

"President Kenyatta pays tribute to professor Calestous Juma" | Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

"Remember Calestous Juma: Africa's Brave Sustainability Pioneer" (with Juma lecture video) | Huffington Post

"Prof Calestous Juma eulogised as intellectual worth emulating" | The Star

"Calestous Juma (1953-2017): International-affairs scholar who championed science for African development" | Nature

"Uhuru, Kagame and Raila say Prof Juma's death big loss for Africa" | The Standard

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