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The 'IN CONVERSATION' series portray prominent innovation scholars of the day in the form of intellectual-biographical interviews. The 15th episode features ABDELKADER DJEFLAT in a deep conversation with ALEXIS HABIYAREMYE on 30 JAN. 2024

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30 Jan 2024, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm UTC



About the Event

About the Event

The IN CONVERSATION series portrays prominent innovation scholars of the day in the form of intellectual-biographical interviews.

In the 15th event ABDELKADER DJEFLAT  will be interviewed by ALEXIS HABIYAREMYE


The event will be moderated by FATEN BAHAR


On 30 JANUARY, 2024

At 12 PM GMT | 12 PM UK 

7 am - New York | 9 am – Brazil | 1 pm - Denmark, France, Italy, Algeria | 2pm South Africa | 3 pm - EAT | 5.30 pm - India | 8 pm China & Malaysia | 9 pm - Tokyo | 11 PM Canberra

Structure of the program (2 hours split up as follows)

Brief intro to the program and introducing ALEXIS by FATEN, Moderator 5 minutes

i. Introductory remarks by ALEXIS and ABDELKADER is introduced (10 minutes) followed by a conversation between them as follows

ii. Formative years and major influences - (10 minutes)

iii. Contributions, Critique and weakness, Current work & future course - (35 minutes): starting from the important contributions of  ABDELKADER , evolving towards a critical evaluation of his work. Then moving on to discussions on what next given the changing circumstances, how the theoretical contributions are relevant in current circumstances etc. It is a platform to convey what they want future generations to take from  ABDELKADER  and how they can further develop standing on the strong base that was created.

iv. Comment on Status of Innovation Economics and what next? - (10 minutes)

Some of the possible questions could be the following. However the speakers can shape it the way they want it to be!· How did you end up doing research on innovation?· What were your most important contributions to the field?· To what degree have you engaged in teamwork and collective research?· How do you see the relationship between economics and innovation studies?· How do you see the role of innovation policy and innovation politics in development strategies?· How do you see the future for innovation studies?· At what level should we study innovation – micro, meso and macro?· What kind of methods should we use to study innovation and economic development?· What kind of advice would you like to give to young innovation scholars?· What role can innovation play in meeting global challenges?


v. Discussion (1 hour): For the 1 hour discussion a panel of 3 scholars (BENGT AKE, BITRINA & ANDREW) will ask questions and / or make comments on  ABDELKADER 's work. After  ABDELKADER 's response to them the forum will be open for questions from the audience.

Finally ALEXIS winds up the session with a vote of thanks.


ABDELKADER DJEFLAT  (Exclusive Autobiographical Note)


will upolod soon . . . ..


Alexis Habiyaremye is a senior researcher at the DS/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial development hosted at the College of Business and Economics of the university of Johannesburg. His research interests span the areas of innovation and industrialisation studies, natural resource dependence and export diversification, as well as indigenous knowledge systems and co-learning.

His published work also cover agricultural technology adoption in Africa, China-Africa trade and investment relations, Sino-American geopolitical rivalry as well as the growing role of Turkey in Africa's development and

Capability building projects.


Bengt Ake Lundvall is professor emeritus in economics at Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University. His research is organized around a broad set of issues related to innovation systems, and learning economies. Lundvall was Deputy Director for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry 1992-95 and he joined Tsinghua University, Beijing 2003-2006 as Special Term Professor. He has been engaged as advisor for international organisations including Unctad and The World Bank as well as for national governments in all parts of the world. He founded Globelics 2001 and he served as its coordinator until 2018. Since 1988, he has published more than 200 publications in the form of books, journal articles, and book chapters (see 

BITRINA DIYAMETT is the founding and current executive director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO), a Tanzanian independent think tank dealing with STI policy research currently under the think tank initiatives. She is also a member and a leader in a number of related professional networks in and outside Tanzania. Diyamett was recently appointed by the UN Secretary General as a member of the Governing Council of the UN Technology Bank (TB) for Least Developed Countries. Furthermore, Diyamett is a researcher and a consultant in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. Her major research interest and areas of expertise include: national systems of innovation, sectoral systems of innovation, development of innovative clusters, foreign direct investments and local technological capabilities, STI indicators and linking knowledge to policy. She has published widely and has consulted for the Government of Tanzania, UN Agencies such as UNIDO and UNESCO, Development Partners such as SIDA and the Government of Finland as well as African Regional Bodies such as NEPAD. Academically, Diyamett holds a master’s degree in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University and a doctorate degree in Development Studies, with focus on innovation and development, from the University of Dar es Salaam.


Andrew Robert Cummings obtained MSc. and PhD from Department of Development and Planning from the University of Aalborg, with research specialization in the emergence and evolution of innovation capabilities and territorial systems of innovaiton in the Central American and Latin American context.  Special focus on innovation in social enterprises, small scale rural agroindustry for more inclusive and sustainable development.

Development anthropologist carrying out research on diverse problems related to territorial development in the Salvadoran and Central American context on the periphery of the Global South. Methodological development and implementation of diverse research initiatives on a national, regional and especially territorial level, using quantitative, qualitative and participatory action research methodologies.

Extensive experience as a development practioner, researcher – facilitator of dialogued processes of territorial development accumulated during more than 25 of experience working in non-govermental think-tank for development and universities in El Salvador. Also as international consultant for the design and evaluation of territorial development initiatives in Central America and Mexico.


Faten Attig-Bahar is a Postdoctoral researcher Associate at the University of Carthage, Tunisia Polytechnic School. She is also an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow for the International Climate Protection Program hosted at the University of Rostock, Germany (2019/2020). Besides, she was a visiting researcher at the University of Oldenburg, For Wind Research Center for nine months between 2016 and 2017. Faten has rich expertise in Renewable energy technologies and implementation, Renewable energy project valuation and financing options, Climate finance, Renewable energy in emerging markets and Energy Efficiency. Faten is serving on several continental committees and is holding several responsible positions in various African and international NGOs including: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Research Board on Weather, Climate, Water and the Environment, and Future Earth: 1) Steering committee member of the Future Earth Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action-Network, 2) North Africa coordinator of the Future Earth African community, 3) Future Earth Implementation Team member 4) Chair of Future Earth Review Committee for the global secretariat hubs and 5) Future Earth Assembly. She is also an Executive Committee member of the Young Earth System Scientists and the Vice President for North Africa for African Youth Union for Change (AYU4C), an organization focusing on young leaders in Africa and the mission is to support voluntary work and networking activities to promote young professionals in Africa. Faten led many initiatives for young researchers and scientists and co-hosted several (online) seminars and workshops. Faten was also a reviewer of the IPCC report SOD-WGI-AR6 and SOD-WGII-AR6 and supported the work of ECR group review of the IPCC report organized by APECS, MRI, PAGES ECN, PYRN and YESS. On the other hand, Faten is an author and has published 19 books for children in Arabic language. She has received several awards as an outstanding youth author in Tunisia.

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