Science and Technology Park models for Africa

by Jörgen Eriksson on April 12, 2014

Neville CominsAt the IASP African Division conference in Gaborone, Botswana this week, Dr. Neville Comins gave an interesting speech about innovation environments in Africa. Comins knows what he is talking about, being the former National Innovation Advisor of South Africa and having held positions as CEO of The Innovation Hub and Director of the CSIR.

Comins argued that Africa has been slow to develop science and technology parks with many failures and few success stories. However in his view, there are new models of innovation environments that may be more relevant for the African continent, and he makes a distinction between traditional science parks, activity-based innovation centres and third generation co-creation models. Below is a video of the speech. Enjoy!

Neville Comins speech at the IASP African Division conference 2014

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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