Prof. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka

Prof. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka is a renowned innovation and development scholar. Until recently, he has been the acting Director, the Regional Office for Africa (ROAF), United Nations -Habitat in Nairobi. He had earlier served as Director Monitoring & Research Division in which capacity he provided intellectual leadership for the UN-HABITAT flagship reports: “State of the World Cities Report” and the “Global Report on Human Settlements.” He is a Professorial Fellow in Innovation and Development, United Nations University- MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands and visiting Professor, Innovation and Development, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

Previously he was Senior Economic Adviser, UN Centre on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva where he coordinated a ten-year review of the performance of Least Developed Countries. He is a board member of several reputable organizations including STEPS-IDS, Sussex, UK. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

His research interests are in Science Technology, and Innovation (STI) Policy and Systems in Late Development; Innovation Systems in Industry Small and Medium Enterprises; industrial clusters in Developing Countries and latecomer Industrialization and Economic Development. He has authored widely and some of his publications include a book with Rajah Rasiah titled: Uneven Paths of Development: Innovation and Learning in Asia and Africa (Edward Elgar, 2009) and Latecomer Development: Knowledge and Innovation for Economic Growth (Routledge, UK, 2009). His earlier book includes “Learning to Compete in African Industry”, Ashgate (2006). He is also the author of “Rich Country Poor People: The Story of Nigeria’s Poverty in the midst of Plenty” (2014) and co-author of “Urban Innovation in China’s Shanty Towns” (2014) among a dozen other books.