Legacy Advisory Board

Alison Field-Juma (Chair), Calestous’s widow, is Executive Director of OARS, a watershed non-profit organization working to restore the health of the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers in MetroWest Boston. Ms. Field-Juma is Vice Chair of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council of the National Park Service and represents OARS on other state and regional advisory boards. Prior to joining OARS, Ms. Field-Juma was Director of the Environmental Governance Program of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), and was the founding Managing Director of Initiatives Ltd., a scholarly publishing company, both in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to that she was a researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre(ICRAF) in Nairobi, where she co-authored Agroforestry in Dryland Africa and studied farmer innovations in agroforestry in Machakos, Kenya. Ms. Field-Juma holds an MSc in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from Cornell University, and a BSc in Biology from Tufts University.

Dr. Wesley L. Harris (Vice Chair) is Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He previously served as the associate provost (2008–2013) and head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2003–2008). Before coming to MIT, he was a NASA associate administrator, responsible for all programs, facilities, and personnel in aeronautics (1993–1995); vice president and chief administrative officer of the University of Tennessee Space Institute (1990–1993); and dean of the School of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut, Storrs (1985–1990). In academia Prof. Harris worked with industry and governments to design and build joint industry–government–university research and development programs, centers, and institutes and transferred technology effectively. Harris is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1995).

Issa Baluch is Chairman of First Hectares Capital, an agribusiness and forestry infrastructure investment company for Africa. He is Chairman of African Agribusiness Knowledge and Innovation Leadership Initiative (AKILI), a US-based non-profit organization that aims to provide financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable farming systems in Africa that are scalable, build capacity, and are globally competitive. Since May 2014, AKILI has been hosted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Urbanism (MIT-CAU). Mr. Baluch has published two books in transport logistics, headed international logistics organizations, and managed freight logistics companies spanning Africa, the Middle East, Far East, and North America.

Katherine Bartel is Women’s Adventure Manager at AdventureWoman in Watertown, Mass. after a year in South Africa guiding hiking tours. She joined the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization project at Harvard Kennedy School where she was Calestous’s Faculty Assistant in from 2011 to 2017 and Project Coordinator of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa project. Ms. Bartel was previously Editorial Assistant at the journal International Security (MIT Press). Ms. Bartel graduated from Boston College with a BA in History and International Relations. She obtained a MA in Global Development Policy from Boston University.

Kate Bauer is Project Coordinator for the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Bauer served a term with AmeriCorps in her home state of Indiana teaching conflict resolution. She joined the Ash Center after having worked at the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization project where she was Calestous’s Faculty Assistant in 2017. Prior to that Ms. Bauer worked at Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Office of the Dean. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans and a Masters from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies.

Dr. Garang Dut is studying at Oxford for this academic year. Dr. Dut was born in South Sudan and grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp; he moved to Australia when he was 17. He has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Monash University and an MD from the University of Melbourne. Melbourne Medical School awarded Dr. Dut the prestigious Roth/Segal John Monash Harvard Scholarship to support his postgraduate studies at Harvard University in 2017. He has worked most recently with Dr. Atul Gawande, Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. [text/photo to be approved/participation to be confirmed]
Roselyda Nanjala Juma lives in Port Victoria, Kenya. She is Calestous’s sole surviving sibling. She was the first chairperson of Baba Foundation, a community-based organization working on poverty alleviation programs based in Budalangi. She has been in charge of construction and maintenance of the family properties, and was the caregiver of their mother, Clementina Juma, until her death in 2017. Ms. Juma ran a small business in Port Victoria for many years and has been active in farming and revegetation of the local landscape, and is a member of the Bunyala Conservation Self-Help Group.

Eric Juma, Calestous’s son, is a BSc candidate in Computer Science at University of Massachusetts-Boston and is a composer and producer of electronic music. Mr. Juma worked as a programmer with Mass Open Cloud at Boston University for his gap year. From a young age he worked with computers, and was a software and hardware tester for the One Laptop Per Child Project of the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2008-11, and introduced the computers to children in Port Victoria, Kenya.

Anne MacDonald develops policies and partnerships that improve the lives of people in material poverty. She is founder and principal at Matterhorn Advisory, consulting to Fortune 100 companies on global development initiatives. She serves as a Senior Advisor to Texas A&M University’s Center on Conflict and Development, and to investment bank dedicated to rural growth. After working in the White House, Pentagon, and State Department during the Administration of President George W. Bush, she served as the post-presidency chief of staff to Mrs. Laura Bush through the launch of the Bush Presidential Center and Institute. Ms. MacDonald also lived and worked in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in one of the world’s first organizations dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS – GHESKIO Centers. She has served on advisory boards of organizations operating in Dallas, Burma, Haiti, and Uganda. Ms. MacDonald holds a BS in International Studies from Rhodes College and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she focused her studies on raising levels of prosperity in the developing world through private enterprise.

John Ouma-Mugabe is Professor of Science and Innovation Policy at the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria and Director of the Foundation for Innovation and Technology-Africa (FIT-Africa) Pretoria, South Africa. He is an Associate Faculty at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. He was one of Calestous’ first research assistants at ACTS 1989-1990 and succeeded him as the Executive Director of ACTS in 1995. Prof. Mugabe is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and a Fellow of the Academy for Engineering and Technology for the Developing World (ATEWD). He holds a PhD in political economy of technology policy from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and has published widely on science, technology, innovation and environmental policy in Africa. Prof. Mugabe grew up in Port Victoria, Kenya.

Jacquelene Mwangi is a visiting fellow/research scholar at Harvard Law School, where she researches the intersection between technology, innovation and knowledge governance in Africa. She is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School’s LL.M program, through which she had the opportunity to be a student at Harvard Kennedy School where she met Calestous. Ms. Mwangi is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Consultant for the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at Strathmore University in Nairobi. A former student of Calestous, Ms. Mwangi spoke at his memorial service as a fellow Kenyan and organized the annual Harvard Students African Development Conference in 2018.

Venkatesh “Venky” Narayanamurti is the Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy at Harvard University. He was the founding Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Professor of physics at Harvard University. In 2009–15, he was Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to Harvard he was Dean of the University of California-Santa Barbara, College of Engineering, Vice President for Research at Sandia National laboratories, and Director of the Solid State Electronics Research Laboratory at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is credited with developing the field of phonon optics and is active in the field of semiconductor nanostructures. As Dean of SEAS, he was an early champion of interdisciplinary initiatives and worked with Harvard’s Medical School, Business School, and School of Public Health to establish new partnerships. Under his leadership, SEAS faculty developed innovative programs to attract students, including new courses in computer science, electrical engineering, and bioengineering. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering and Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society, American Association for Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Indian Academy of Sciences, and Indian National Academy of Engineering. He earned his BSc and MSc in physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and his PhD in physics from Cornell University in 1965.

Julia Pettengill is the Executive Director of the Schooner Foundation which believes in the fundamental right to a life with dignity, opportunity and access to resources. Julia works in partnership organizations that champion human rights, health, education, economic and social justice, peace, the environment, and investigative journalism. Prior to joining the Schooner Foundation, she served as Executive Director at the African Food and Peace Foundation, held positions at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), Education Development Center, and consulted for GiZ, FAO and the UN. She also serves as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma Steering Committee. Ms. Pettengill earned her Bachelor degree and Master in Education from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Cynthia Ryan is a Director of the Schooner Africa Fund, an impact investment fund based in Nairobi, Kenya that focuses on the agricultural sector in East Africa. She also is a Trustee and Senior Advisor to the Schooner Foundation. Ms. Ryan started the foundation with her father in 1998 and ran it until 2013 when she moved from Washington D.C. to Nairobi, Kenya. The foundation works internationally in human rights, peace & security and economic opportunity. It has multiple funding partners in a wide array of thematic and geographic areas throughout the African. Ms. Ryan has vast non-profit board experience including: the Fund for Global Human Rights, the Wangari Maathai Foundation, Women for Women International, SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities), the Nature Conservancy’s Africa Advisory Council, and the Democracy Alliance. She is also deeply involved in the global philanthropic and investment communities as a member of the African Philanthropy Forum, ANDE-Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, TED, the African Grantmaker’s Network, the Global Philanthropy Forum, MIE-Mission Investors Exchange, and the International Human Rights Funders Group.

Dr. Muhammad H. Zaman is Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University. Prof. Zaman’s current research focuses on understanding health systems, improving access to quality care and developing robust technologies for high-value healthcare problems in the developing world. Technologies developed by Dr. Zaman are in various stages of implementation in several countries. In 2013, Scientific American named a technology from Zaman lab, PharmaChk, among the 10 technologies that will change the world. Dr. Zaman’s recent work has also looked at public health challenges, in both training and practice in Africa. He is currently collaborating on projects in both communicable and non-communicable diseases, using tools of biomedical engineering and computation, with colleagues in Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa. He is currently involved in setting up biomedical engineering departments at universities in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Ethiopia. He is also the co-Director of the UN Africa Biomedical Initiative. Prof. Zaman works routinely with local governments and non-profit organizations including the UN, the World Bank, Gates Foundation, USAID and other NGOs. Dr. Zaman is also an op-ed columnist for the Project Syndicate which has syndicated his columns in over 25 countries around the world in six continents.