Norman Clark is Professor of Innovation Systems and Development at the Open University, UK, and Director of Research and Technical Adviser to the Director at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi. Previously he was Vice Chancellor of Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya, and before that Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at the University of Strathclyde where he is now an Emeritus Professor.
Norman is a development economist specialising in science, technology and innovation policy issues with particular relevance to Third World problems, a field in which he has published extensively. He has held posts at the Universities of Glasgow and Sussex. He holds the post of Honorary Professor at Sussex. He acted as Founding Director of the Technology Planning and Development Unit, University of Ife, Nigeria; Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Director of the Capacity Development Programme at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS).
He has 35 years experience as an adviser and consultant to governments, international agencies and NGOs including the World Bank, UNCTAD, IDRC, DFID, ITDG, CGIAR, UN-Habitat, UNU and UNDP. He acted as an adviser to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on Overseas Development on ODA's [now DFID's] Special Units (i.e. TPI, COPR, LRDC etc). He is an associate researcher with the ESRC-funded INNOGEN genomics initiative at the Open and Edinburgh Universities and to the UNU/MERIT Link Programme based at CRISP, Hyderabad. He was a member of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Task Force Team 10 on Science, Technology and Innovation and has recently acted as an adviser to the NEPAD secretariat in Pretoria, to ILRI in Nairobi, and to the World Bank.
George Watsons College Edinburgh
Edinburgh University (BSc General Science, MA Economics, PhD Economics)