Jane I. Guyer is Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, after moving in 2002 from Northwestern University where she was Professor of Anthropology and Director of African Studies from 1994. Professor Guyer, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in 2003, specializes in African studies, social anthropology, and the study of production and distribution systems, in particular the anthropology of the economy and material life in West and Equatorial Africa. She focuses on the growth and change of indigenous economies, with a special emphasis on food economies and money management outside structured systems. Professor Guyer’s most recent book is Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa, which focuses on the function of popular economic systems in Africa, from crisis conditions to ordinary household budgets. Guyer, a U.S. citizen, is from England, and has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Rochester.
Hans Herren has been President of the Millennium Institute since 2005. Dr. Herren served as Director General of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi for twenty years, prior to which he was with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. An agronomist and entomologist, Dr. Herren has spent most of his working life in Africa, where his research has been on the field-level union of science-led information with local production systems, particularly emphasizing pioneering applications of integrated pest management. His latest research efforts address poverty alleviation, sustainable agricultural productivity, and biodiversity conservation in Africa. Herren’s contributions to improving Africa’s food security, particularly research and control of the cassava mealybug through the world’s largest biological control project, have been recognized through many awards, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the World Food Prize. A Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, Herren is from Switzerland, with a doctorate in agricultural sciences from its Federal Institute of Technology.
Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and the World Academy of Art and Science. Dr. Juma is former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi, an independent public policy research