Born 2nd February, 1955, holds a first class Bachelor degree of the University of Ife (OAU) in Chemical Engineering in 1978, a Master degree of University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering and a Doctorate degree of University of Sussex in Science Policy Research in 1983 and 1988 respectively. He is the first Nigerian and the second African Professor in the field of Technology Management, Innovation Policy and Development. An erudite scholar; he is both a man of ideas and action who mixes rigorous scholarship with untiring policy advocacy. He is a trail blazer in the field of Technology and Development Economics where he continues to break new grounds in an effort to unite ideas in social sciences, engineering and technology policy.
Prof. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka has consistently deployed novel theoretical and empirical methods to analyze the causes of industrial and technological backwardness in our country and the developing world. Since he was appointed research fellow with the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), his work has made significant impact on academic thinking on the role of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in Nigeriaâ€™s industrialization. His advocacy work in advising the Ministries of Industry and Science and Technology has significantly influenced national policies.
At the global stage, Prof. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka represented our country with dignity as Professor of Technology, Innovation Policy and Development at the United Nations University-Institute for new Technologies (UNU-INTECH) and is widely respected as a pioneer intellectual in his field. He spent six years at this prestigious global citadel of research and training. Some of his books such as â€ś Nnewi: An Emergent Industrial Clusterâ€ť, â€śLearning to Compete in African Industryâ€ť, â€ś Industrial Clusters and Innovation System in Africaâ€ť, have been variously referred to as â€śunique and trial-blazingâ€ť. His recent book titled â€śLatecomer Developmentâ€ť that shows the convergence of ideas in Development Economics and SET Policies was described as â€śoriginal, thoughtful, insightful, brilliant and path makingâ€ť. His recent books include: Uneven Paths of Development: Learning and Innovation in Asia and Africa (with Rajah Rasiah, 2009, Edward Elger, UK), Latecomer Development (Routeledge, UK, 2010 with Gehl Sampath) and the Gene Revolution and the Global Food Crisis (Palgrave, UK, 2010, with Gehl Sampath).
Prof. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka has made significant impact on an intellectual road less traveled, and in the process, inspired a generation of young people to examine development from a multi-disciplinary perspective. His theme has been that technological change is central to development and that latecomer countries such as ours must build institutions and policies for technological learning in order to catch up. His work demonstrates originality, unique scholarship and has made invaluable contribution to the theoretical empirical literature on Science, Engineering, as well as Innovation Policy and Development. This body of work has deepened our understanding of systems of innovation and enriched policy making.
Prof. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka is currently the Director of Global Monitoring and Research at the United Nations-HABITAT, and he is presently the most senior Nigerian at the Regional Headquarters of the Unite Nations, Nairobi, Kenya.
- Technology, Policy Formulation and Development