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Recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

COLLABORATORS

Njoku Ola Ama

University of Botswana, Gaborone

Prof. Njoku Ola Ama has nearly three decades of experience as a lecturer and researcher in the field of statistics – at the University of Nigeria, the University of Swaziland, the University of Namibia and his present post at the University of Botswana. He has published extensively in local, regional and international journals in the areas of education, health, and HIV/AIDS.

Ama holds a Bachelor of Science (Statistics), a Master of Science (Statistics) and PhD (Statistics-Experimental Design), all from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Ama joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011, and researched and authored a case study published in 2014 as Perspectives on Intellectual Property from Botswana’s Publicly Funded Researchers.

Francis Nathan Okurut

University of Botswana, Gaborone

Prof. Francis Nathan Okurut is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Botswana. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he explored the determinants of demand and supply of credit for informal sector businesses in Uganda. Okurut also has his Masters in Economic Policy and Planning, and a BA in Economics from Makerere University, Uganda.

Prior to obtaining his PhD, Okurut was a lecturer at Makerere University. He was also the Assistant General Manager for Uganda Women’s Finance Trust for seven years, helping to enhance women’s empowerment through the financing of microenterprises.

Okurut has over 20 years of teaching experience and multiple significant publications on various economic topics regarding Africa, especially Botswana and Uganda. His research interests include monetary economics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and SMMEs.

Esther Ngom

Nkana law firml and NES Consulting, Yaoundé

Esther Ngom is a Pupil Advocate at Nkana law firm in Yaoundé and founder and CEO of NES Consulting, an intellectual property (IP) consultancy. Ngom’s focus is on issues at the intersection of IP law and Africa’s development, including the traditional knowledge (TK) commons, geographical indications, and collaborative agricultural branding.

Ngom has extensive knowledge of IP issues in Francophone West and Central Africa, particularly in respect of the member countries of the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI). Ngom holds an LLM in IP Law from the University of Yaoundé II – Soa, and has done research on: IP arbitration judgements; TK, medicinal plants and patented drugs; the trademark systems of OAPI and the EU Office of Harmonisation for the Internal Market (OHIM); trademark ownership claims in OAPI; and industrial designs in relation to Cameroonian development. She joined Open AIR in 2012 as a Research Fellow.

Bassem Awad

Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo

Dr. Bassem Awad focuses his research at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on intersections between IP rights and climate change technology innovation. A specialist in IP law, Awad has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt, and works as a tutor for the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and an instructor with the Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). He teaches advanced courses on IP at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also works as a consultant for the African Union (AU) on IP matters.

Awad holds PhD and LLM degrees in IP Law from the University of Montpellier in France, and an LLM in International Business Law from L’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has published several papers on copyright and access to knowledge (A2K), patents and green energy technology innovation, biotechnology and IP, patents and access to medicines, IP and consumer protection, IP in the digital environment and enforcement of IP rights. He is a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, and serves on the International Editorial Committee of the Les Cahiers de Propriété Intellectuelle in Montreal.

Awad was a member of the Egypt Team for Open AIR’s precursor network, African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K), from 2007 to 2010, and then joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011. He was one of the authors of the ACA2K Egypt Country Report and Executive Policy Brief in 2009, and was a researcher and author of the Open AIR case study published in 2014 as Reflections on the Lack of Biofuel Innovation in Egypt.

Larry Chartrand

University of Ottawa

Prof. Larry Chartrand has been an active faculty member in the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law since 1994. From 2006 to 2009, he also served as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He served as the Director of the Aboriginal Self-Government Program at the University of Winnipeg from 2004 to 2007 and from 1991 to 1994, he was the Director of the Indigenous Law Program at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. In 1998, he served as the Métis Advisor to the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

Chartrand holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, where he focused on elementary education and community development of Aboriginal communities. He earned his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School at Toronto’s York University, where he was the Division Leader for the Advocacy Division of the Community Legal Aid Services Program and a caseworker for the Criminal Division. He earned his LLM from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Canada, with a thesis entitled, “The Political Dimensions of Aboriginal Rights.” He is in the process of completing a PhD at Ottawa’s Carleton University, on Métis rights in Canada.

Chartrand’s research interests include youth criminal justice, Métis rights, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Aboriginal governance and politics, residential schools, medical liability, Aboriginal health and ethics, international human rights, and Aboriginal constitutional law. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on issues of Aboriginal rights, law and governance, with a particular focus on Métis identity and citizenship. He has published two books: Metis History and Experience and Residential Schools in Canada (Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2006), with co-authors Tricia E. Logan and Judy D. Daniels; and A Literature Review on Criminal Victimization Among First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples (Ottawa: Research and Statistics Division, Justice Canada, 2007), with co-author Celeste McKay.

Chartrand is currently Treasurer, Adjudicator and Founding Member of the Indigenous Bar Association Scholarship Foundation. He has also served as a Research Ethics Board Member for Health Canada (2008-2009); Chair of the Law Schools Sub-Committee and Member of the Racial Equality Implementation Committee, Canadian Bar Association (2000-2003); Member of the Advisory Group on Equity and Diversity, Law Society of Upper Canada (2000-2003); and Member of the Board of Directors for the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada (2001-2002). As an Aboriginal affairs expert, he is an Open AIR Collaborator on traditional knowledge.

Tesh Dagne

Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops

Dr. Tesh Dagne’s areas of research interest include: national and international intellectual property (IP) law; IP and development; IP and agri-biotechnology innovations; indigenous knowledge and indigenous peoples’ rights; biodiversity conservation and ecological protection; international legal regimes and the concept of food sovereignty; and international trade law and the environment.

Dagne completed his JSD at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, in Halifax, and his doctoral dissertation was published as Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge in the Global Economy: Translating Geographical Indications for Development (Routledge, 2014). He obtained his LLB from the Faculty of Law at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University, and his LLM from the University of Calgary.

Dagne joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011, and was a researcher and co-author of a case study published in 2014 as Geographical Indication (GI) Options for Ethiopian Coffee and Ghanaian Cocoa.

Darren O'Toole

University of Ottawa

Prof. Darren O’Toole teaches Aboriginal Law, Indigenous Legal Philosophy, and Philosophy of Law at the University of Ottawa. Throughout his studies in Political Science, O’Toole maintained an interest in Canadian politics, the history of political ideas, political economy, methodology and epistemology. A descendant of the Bois-Brûlé (Wiisakodewininiwag) of the White Horse Plains in Manitoba, who in 1870 foisted upon the nascent Dominion of Canada the first French common law jurisdiction in the British Empire, O’Toole studied Common Law in French at the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick. After earning his law degree, O’Toole completed a PhD dissertation involving an analysis of the “discourse” of the Métis Resistance in 1869-70 that reveals republican conventions both in both speech and act.

O’Toole’s published research has focused on the land claims of his Métis ancestors that led to the Manitoba Métis Federation v Canada (Attorney-General) case. His current research, for which he received a Grant from University of Ottawa’s Research Development Programme in 2012-2013, explores the Anishinabek legal order. His work on indigenous law, notably in terms of relations with the land and self-determination, has led to an interest in legal anthropology and legal pluralism.

O’Toole is a member of the Indigenous Bar Association. As an Aboriginal affairs expert, he is an Open AIR Collaborator on traditional knowledge.

Nagham El Houssamy

The American University in Cairo

Nagham El Houssamy pursued her undergraduate studies at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and graduated with a BA in Political Science, specialising in International Law and International Relations with a minor in Economics. Upon graduating in 2009, El Houssamy started work as an Economic Researcher in the Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit at the Egyptian Ministry of Finance, while simultaneously pursuing her graduate studies. She recently completed her MA in Economics in International Development at AUC. While studying for her Master’s, El Houssamy also did an internship at the ICT Policies Unit of the United Nations Economic and Social Council for West Asia (UN ESCWA) in Beirut. She joined Open AIR in 2012 and was the NERG Ombudsperson in 2015-2016.

Seble Baraki

Justice and Legal System Research Institute, Addis Ababa

Seble Baraki has worked on intellectual property (IP) matters for Ethiopia’s Justice and Legal System Research Institute (JLSRI) since 2011. She also serves as the Legal Lead for Creative Commons Ethiopia (CC Ethiopia), and has worked as a Junior Legal Expert for the Redaee Baraki Law Office in Addis Ababa.

Baraki received her Bachelor of Law degree from Addis Ababa University and her LLM, in European IP Law, from Stockholm University.

Baraki joined Open AIR in 2012 as a Research Fellow, and during her Fellowship she researched and wrote a book chapter, “The Perils and Promises of Intellectual Property Rights in African Countries: The Case of Sui Generis Protection in Ethiopia”, for the book Intellectual Property and Development: Perspectives of African Countries (Lagos: NIALS, 2013).

Wondwossen Belete

Society for Technology Studies, Addis Ababa

Wondwossen Belete heads Ethiopia’s Society for Technology Studies (STS), which pursues its mission through science, technology and innovation (STI) policy research, training, policy advocacy, and knowledge dissemination seminars. Belete was previously with the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO), serving as the EIPO’s Director of Intellectual Property Policy and Planning from 2004 to 2006, its Director of Trademarks from 2007 to 2010, and its Director of Intellectual Property Protection and Technology Transfer from 2010 to 2011.

Belete holds a BA in Economics from Addis Ababa University and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. He joined Open AIR at its launch in 2011, and researched and authored the case study published in 2014 as Towards University-Industry Innovation Linkages in Ethiopia.

Markos Lemma

IceAddis, Addis Ababa

Shiferaw Muleta

Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa

Dr. Shiferaw Muleta Eyana is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship with the College of Development Studies at Addis Ababa University. Eyana recently completed his PhD at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s Center for Entrepreneurship, where he focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. He holds a BA in Geography from Kotebe Metropolitan University and a MSc in Geography and Environmental Studies from Addis Ababa University.

Eyana’s research interests include entrepreneurship, open innovation, small business development and management, tourism development and management, and natural resources management, especially in developing countries. His PhD research, entitled “Entrepreneurial behaviour and firm performance of Ethiopian tour operators“, focused on how small business owners identify and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities and their resulting effects on firm performance, using empirical evidence from the Ethiopian tourism sector. He has written and published a number of articles and presented at various national and international conferences, including the International Conference on Small Businesses in Dublin and the United States Association of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship in San Diego.

Eyana is a researcher on Open AIR’s case study, “Collaborative Models to Scale-up Tech Start-ups in Ethiopia“.

Gordon Adomdza

Ashesi University, Accra

Dr. Gordon Kwesi Adomdza is a Senior Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Ashesi University, Ghana, and was recently an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, USA.

Adomdza graduated from University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2008 with a PhD in Management of Technology, where he also received an MASc in Management Science and an MA in Applied Economics. He has an Advanced Marketing Diploma from CIM London and is also a graduate of the University of Ghana, where he received a BA (Hons) in Economics.

Adomdza’s research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurial opportunity discovery and validation, as well as the ideation stage of the new product development process. He has published papers in leading journals exploring the nexus between the entrepreneur and an opportunity through the lens of the discovery and exploitation process for new ideas. He also has a developing interest in sustainable and hybrid business models for social innovations.

Benson Adjei

Center for Social Innovations, Kumasi

Yaw Adu-Gymafi

Center for Social Innovations, Kumasi

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi holds a BSc. in Computer Science and an MA in Governance and Sustainable Development from the Catholic University of Ghana and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, respectively. Adu-Gyamfi is a co-founder of the Center for Social Innovations (CSI), and has extensive experience working directly with communities and young people focusing on skills development, innovation, entrepreneurship, and research.

An expert in cluster formation, Adu-Gyamfi has successfully supervised development programs including Canada’s Muskoka Initiative Partnership in 2013 and 2014 and the jointly funded Business Advocacy from 2007 to 2010. The latter was sponsored by DANIDA, USAID, and DfID to provide information technology and business development services to the Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization (SMIDO) –a cluster of over 200,000 artisans in the Kumasi area. In addition, as Cluster Programs Manager for World Vision International in Ghana between 2016-2017, Adu-Gyamfi worked in rural northern Ghana leading community and child centered programming in water, sanitation, and economic empowerment targeting over 300,000 people. Yaw was the first Ghanaian Atlas Corps Fellow, an IMF Youth Fellow, and a cluster facilitator at the Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF); the latter being a network that works to enhance the business competitiveness of African counties through bottom up development. CSI empowers change-makers in Ghana who are making use of design thinking and asset-based community development approaches.

Mr. Adu-Gyamfi joined the Open AIR network as a case study researcher in 2016, looking into a case study related to informal sector innovation.

Poku Adusei

University of Ghana Legon, Acra

Dr. Poku Adusei holds a PhD in Law from McGill University in Montreal, where his thesis critically examined the extent to which countries in sub-Saharan Africa were able to set the agenda for patent regulation of essential medicines. The thesis was published as Patenting of Pharmaceuticals and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Laws, Institutions, Practices, and Politics (Springer-Verlag, 2013). Adusei is currently a Law Lecturer at the University of Ghana Legon.

Adusei also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Ghana, and a Barrister-at-Law (BL) Certificate from the Ghana School of Law.

Adusei joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011, and before that was a member of the Ghana Team for Open AIR’s precursor network, African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K), from 2007 to 2011. He has authored numerous articles on copyright in Ghana, and was a researcher and author of the ACA2K Ghana Country Report (ACA2K, 2009), the ACA2K Ghana Executive Policy Brief (ACA2K, 2009), and the Ghana chapter in the ACA2K network’s book Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright (UCT Press, 2010).

Heather Beem

Practical Education Network, Accra

Anna Waldman-Brown

Practical Education Network, Accra

Douglas Gichuki

Strathmore University, Nairobi

Douglas Gichuki lectures at Strathmore Law School and and serves as a Research Fellow at Strathmore’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), which is Open AIR’s East African Hub institution.

Gichuki is a PhD candidate at the Centre of Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University, London, holds an LLB degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi, and holds an LLM (in Information Law and IP) from Norwich Law School, University of East Anglia, UK. His research interests centre on software patents, trademark law and IP finance and securitisation.

He joined Open AIR in 2013 as a Research Fellow.

Mary Moni

Lawyer, Nairobi

Peter Munyi

University of Nairobi

Betty Kendi Murithi

Strathmore University, Nairobi

Betty Kendi Murithi is an Administrative Assistant at Open AIR’s East Africa hub, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University. Murithi has a Bachelor of Commerce from Strathmore University in Finance and Business Administration, and is currently in Part III of qualifying as a Certified Public Accountant.

Presently, Murithi provides administrative support to CIPIT, manages its client relations, and maintains its online brand. Previously in her career, she worked as an Audit Intern for EKV & Associates and has volunteered for the Kianda Outreach Program, where she was drawing up business plans and educating women in rural areas on how to manage their finances.

Caroline Mwaura

Kenyatta University, Nairobi

Caroline Mwaura is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with six years of post-admission experience. She has practised conveyancing and commercial law and has specialised expertise in intellectual property (IP).

Mwaura holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s in IP Law from the University of Cape Town.

Marisella Ouma

Intellectual Property Consultant, Nairobi

Dr. Marisella Ouma is an Independent Intellectual Property Consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Kenya Copyright Board and has extensive experience in IP law. Ouma holds a PhD in Law from Queen Mary University of London and a Master’s in IP Law from Stockholm University.

Ouma has published widely on copyright and related rights, especially regarding matters related to traditional knowledge (TK), and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). She is active in consultative processes both in Africa and beyond on copyright, industrial property, ICT Law, TK, and TCEs. Ouma has advised on and participated in the formulation of IP policies for Kenya and the East African region, has served as a Research Fellow with Copyright Africa, has taught IP Law at the University of Nairobi, teaches copyright in the digital environment at the Africa University in Zimbabwe, and is a facilitator with the International Training Union teaching ICT law in Kenya

Ouma led the Kenya Team for Open AIR’s precursor network, African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K), from 2008 to 2010, and was a researcher and author of the 2009 ACA2K Kenya Country Report and Executive Policy Brief. She joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011, and researched and authored a case study published in 2014, The Policy Context for a Commons-Based Approach to Traditional Knowledge in Kenya.

Currently, Ouma is leading the Open AIR case study “ICT in Open Collaborative Innovation for the Handicraft Industry: Opportunities for Indigenous and Local Entrepreneurs.”

Ben Sihanya

University of Nairobi; and Innovative Lawyering & Sihanya Mentoring, Nairobi

Prof. Ben Sihanya, Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Nairobi Law School, is an academic, researcher and consultant with extensive expertise in intellectual property (IP) law, constitutionalism and related legal fields. He is founder and CEO of Innovative Lawyering & Sihanya Mentoring, a legal consulting and research firm based in Nairobi.

Sihanya obtained his JSD from Stanford Law School, and has served as Dean of Law, and as Chair of the Department of Commercial Law, at the University of Nairobi. He has been engaged on numerous occasions by branches of the Government of Kenya, including the Directorate of e-Strategy in the Office of the President, the Ministry of Education, the Attorney-General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, and the Committee of Eminent Persons on Constitutional Review.

He is Chair of the Kenyan Copyright Tribunal, and a former member of the Kenya Copyright Board. In 2011, he was appointed to Kenya’s national Task Force on Education, mandated to align education to the Constitution of 2010. Sihanya has consulted to several intergovernmental and international organisations, including the WTO, WIPO, UNDP, UNESCO, the East African Community and Consumers International.

Sihanya joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011, and researched and authored a case study published in 2014 as Reflections on Open Scholarship Modalities and the Copyright Environment in Kenya.

Chikosa Banda

Petróleos de Mozambique, Maputo

A practising lawyer, Chikosa Banda divides his time between Malawi and the UK. He is a Law Lecturer and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, and a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL). He also consults on IP matters for the IQsensato international consultancy.

Banda lectures, researches and consults on matters of IP, access to justice, administrative justice, environmental law, bioethics, biotechnology regulation and human rights. He is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental Law, and has done work for the Malawi government as well as several international organisations and NGOs.

Banda holds a a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Malawi and Master’s of Law (LLM) from the University of Essex, UK. His PhD research at Cambridge is focused on patents in relation to promotion of biomedical research and development (R&D) for underserved markets. He joined Open AIR in 2013.

Simão Pelembe

Petróleos de Mozambique, Maputo

Simão Pelembe, Legal Advisor to the national oil company Petróleos de Mozambique (Petromoc), received his first Law degree from the Polytechnic University of Maputo, and then a graduate degree in Intellectual Property Law and Energy Law from Eduardo Mondlane University.

He sits on the Board of the Mozambican bio-diesel company Ecomoz.

Adebambo Adewopo

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Abuja

Prof. Adebambo Adewopo is an intellectual property (IP) law specialist. He served as Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) from 2004 to 2010, and is currently a Professor at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).

Adewopo obtained his LLB (Hons) from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, and his postgraduate degrees from the University of Lagos and the Franklin Pierce Law Center, University of New Hampshire. He has taught IP at Lagos State University, at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and has held Visiting Researcher positions at the Max Planck Institute in Munich (2003) and the Centre for Research in Intellectual Property and Information Technology, University of Edinburgh (2005). He joined Open AIR in 2012.

Blessing Ajao

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Blessing Ajao is a PhD candidate in Technology Management at the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, Nigeria, and a Masters in Technology Management from Obafemi Awolowo University. Ajao currently works as a Research Officer at the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), an agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Nigeria.

In 2015, Ajao emerged as the sole African winner of the Emerging Economies Doctoral Student Award (EEDSA) at the POMS 26th Annual Conference in Washington D.C. She is the first Nigerian female to ever receive the award. In addition, she has been an active member of Global Network for the Economics of Learning Innovation and Competence Building Systems (GlobeLics) since 2014. As part of her work at NACETEM, Ajao participated in the review of Nigeria’s National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy as well as in the development of Nigeria’s STI Indicators, now being used to revamp STI activities in Nigeria. Ajao also teaches at the post-graduate diploma program in NACETEM, especially on courses looking at science and technology policy, R&D management, and innovation Systems among other. Ajao has been published in several international journals and her research interests include strategic alliances in the Nigeria telecommunications industry, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the informal sector.

Lanre Ajetunmobi

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Abuja

Ridwan Lanre Ajetunmobi holds a Diploma in law from the Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, Nigeria, and both LLB and LLM from the University of Ilorin. Ajetunmobi has been a research fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) since 2012 and has been published in NIALS’ Journal of Intellectual Property. Prior to joining NIALS, Ajetunmobi was a Research Assistant to Justice Nusirat Ibrahim Umar of the Kebbi State High Court of Justice. He has a growing interest in intellectual property law and is a researcher on Open AIR’s case study “Open Source Strategies at Nigeria’s Software Hubs”.

Helen Chuma-Okoro

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos

Helen Chuma-Okoro, a Research Fellow at the the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in Lagos, has conducted research on a variety of issues in Nigeria, including: human rights and the rule of law; police prosecution rights; juvenile justice administration; local government; and the rule of law vis-à-vis the immunity clause in Nigeria’s Constitution.

Chuma-Okoro has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law, and is currently working towards a PhD in Law at the University of Cape Town. She began her work for Open AIR as a Research Fellow in 2011, and has served as the network’s West Africa Hub Coordinator since 2012.

Ofonmbuk Esther Ekong

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos

Ofonmbuk Esther Ekong holds a Masters of Laws from the University of Benin, a Masters in Public Administration from Delta State University, a Bachelor of Laws, from Nigerian Law School and Ahmadu Bello University, as well as a Diploma in Journalism from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.

Ekong has been a research fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) since 2012 and previously worked as a lawyer and Assistant Head of Chamber for a law firm in Nigeria. Presently, she is a resource person for the CopyrightX Course, NIALS’ coordinator of Creative Commons Nigeria. She also has extensive prior experience working with SMEs in Nigeria and is conducting research for the Open AIR case study, “Open Source Strategies at Nigeria’s Software Hubs”.

Oluseye Jegede

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife-Ife

Dr. Oluseye Jegede is a Research Fellow at the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation (AISPI), Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Jegede holds a BSc in Geology and MSc. and PhD in Technology Management from Obafemi Awolowo University. He was also the sole African regional winner of the Emerging Economies Doctoral Students Award by the Production and Operations Management Society in 2014.

Prior to joining the Open AIR network, Dr. Jegede was a Research Officer at the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), an Agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Nigeria, from 2010 to March 2016. At NACETEM, he participated in the review of Nigeria’s National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy as well as in the development of Nigeria’s STI Indicators. These STI indicators were used for planning, monitoring, reviewing, and benchmarking STI activities for economic development in Nigeria.

Currently, Dr. Jegede is a researcher with the African Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (Africalics) Network and an active member of the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (Globelics). He is also a Board Member of the Globelics Scientific Committee. Dr Jegede has published numerous articles on STI policy and Innovation Systems and was guest editor of the Innovation and Development Journal’s special issue on “Firm-Level Innovation: overcoming limits and constraints”. In addition, he is the guest editor of the African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development’s special issue entitled “Landscape of Innovation in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Policy Options.” He is also the author of a forthcoming book entitled, Leveraging Local Economics: a paradigm shift from mining for growth to mining for development.

Dr. Jegede’s main areas of research are science, policy, and innovation. He joined the Open AIR network in 2016 as a case study researcher, analyzing innovation in the informal sector.

Ikechi Mgbeoji

York University, Torontol and Blackfriars LLP, Lagos

Dr. Ikechi Mgbeoji is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. In addition to his present position at York, Mgbeoji was sworn in as the Commissioner of Education for Abia State, Nigeria, in 2015 and is a senior lawyer with Blackfriars LLP in Lagos. He joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011 and conducted the case study African Patent Offices Not Fit for Purpose, published in 2014.

Prior to joining Osgoode Hall in Toronto, Mgbeoji taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Mgbeoji received his LLM (cum laude) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he specialised in commercial litigation and intellectual property (IP) law and was awarded the Canadian Governor-General’s Gold Medal for the highest academic standing at graduate level. He went on to complete a PhD in Patent Law, graduating cum laude (Dalhousie).

Mgbeoji has won numerous academic awards including the Killam Scholarship and the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Award. Mgbeoji is the author of two books: Collective Insecurity: The Liberian Crisis, Unilateralism and Global Order (UBC Press, 2003), and Global Biopiracy: Patents, Plants and Indigenous Knowledge (Cornell University Press, 2006). He is also joint author of Environmental Law in Developing Countries: Selected Issues (IUCN, 2001). His teaching and research interests are in: patent law; trademarks; copyrights; trade secrets; international law on use of force; international environmental law; biotechnology law; comparative IP law; indigenous peoples; and anthropology.

Billy Oluwale

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Billy Adegbola Oluwale is a Research Fellow at the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation (AISPI), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Oluwale holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos, and MSc and PhD in Technology Management from Obafemi Awolowo University. He is also an active member of African Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics) and the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GlobeLics).

Prior to joining academia, Oluwale worked as an Electrical Engineer in Osogbo Steel Rolling Company Limited for nearly twenty years. In 2007, he became a one of the first staff members of the Management Technology Department of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) in Nigeria, now the School of Management Technology. In 2011, Oluwale joined the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation (AISPI) as a Research Fellow. He has a number of published works looking at innovation, clustering, and technological capability building. Oluwale’s research interests include technological capability building in both the formal and informal sectors, indigenous technological innovation, and innovation management.

Kunle Ola

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos

Vincent Oriakpa

National Bureau of Statistics, Lagos

Vincent Ifeanyichukwu Oriokpa has made his career in the National Bureau of Statistics and is now serving as an Assistant Director of Statistics. Oriokpa holds a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, an MSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Abuja’s National Mathematics Centre, and an MBA from the University of Lagos. He has over 20 years of experience in conducting surveys, including digital questionnaire design, survey and database design, data collection, survey database maintenance, specialized data analysis, as well as the management and analysis of large survey datasets. He is especially skilled at building effective and productive working relational databases. Over his career, Oriokpa has worked in several projects commissioned by organizations such as the World Bank and UNICEF. Oriokpa is also a member of the Statistical Advisory Committee, Project 2011 Swift Count, helping to ensure that the vote of every Nigerian counts. He likes writing and developing computer programs , with a special interest in hyperspace research and the human mind.

Emmanuel Ogunjemilua

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Emmanuel Makanjuola Ogunjemilua is a PhD Fellow at the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He received a National Diploma in Statistics from Federal Polytechnic Ede, and a BSc in Economics and MSc in Technology Management from Obafemi Awolowo University. Ogunjemilua was also the sole African regional finalist for the Emerging Economies Doctoral Student Award by the Production and Operations Management Society in 2016.

Previously, Ogunjemilua was a freelance research assistant and business development consultant, focused on the development and management of knowledge-based micro and small enterprises in Nigeria. Ogunjemilua has participated in a number of conferences and workshops and is the author of a forthcoming book entitled, “Technical Entrepreneurship: A Panacea for Unemployment in Nigeria”. His main areas of research are knowledge management, innovation, and development studies.

Adejoke Oyewunmi

University of Lagos

Dr. Adejoke Oyewunmi teaches Intellectual Property (IP) and Labour Law at the Department of Commercial and Industrial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. She holds a PhD from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and a Master of Laws degree in IP from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, University of New Hampshire, US.

In the course of her career, Oyewunmi has taught and carried out research in diverse areas of IP law, including: digital technology and Nigerian copyright law; the WTO TRIPS Agreement and access to medicines in African countries; comparative approaches to the protection of traditional knowledge (TK) in developing countries; and the intersection of human rights and the IP regime in Nigeria.

Oyewunmi has served as Visiting Researcher, University of New Hampshire Law Center (2007), and a Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich (2009). She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). She collaborates with the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), where she has teaches courses, presents papers, and participates in NIALS research programmes, seminars, and workshops

Assana Faye

Université Alioune Diop de Bambey

Assane Faye is a specialist in copyright issues for libraries. He has served on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters, is a founder member of the Library Consortium for Higher Education in Senegal (COBES), and is former Senegal National Coordinator for the eIFL-IP unit of Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL). He also serves as a library consultant to several professional organisations, has presented on the subject of copyright and libraries at numerous events in Senegal and internationally, and has authored several articles in this field.

Presently Human Resources Manager at Université de Bambey, Faye holds Master’s degrees in both Library and Information Sciences and Human Resource Management. He was the Senegal Lead Researcher for Open AIR’s precursor network, African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K), from 2008 to 2011, leading the researching and authoring of the ACA2K Senegal Country Report and Executive Policy Brief. He has been part of Open AIR since its inception in 2011.

Luci Abrahams

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Luci Abrahams is Director of the Wits University LINK (Learning, Information, Networking, Knowledge) Centre, a public interest research and teaching unit that focuses on social and economic change with respect to information and communication technologies (ICTs), the network economy, and the information society. The Centre’s work covers eDevelopment, eGovernance, open access to knowledge (A2K) in the Internet age, and ICT policy, regulation and governance. Abrahams conducts research on institutions and economic sectors in the network/knowledge economy, and teaches on global trends and ICT policy/regulation for the Wits Master of Arts in ICT Policy and Regulation.

Abrahams has served on a number of public sector boards in South Africa, including the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), the National Research Foundation (NRF), and the Financial and Fiscal Commission.

She joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011, and the LINK Centre that she directs managed two of the projects that fed into Open AIR: the 2005-06 Commons-Sense Project, and the 2007-11 African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) network. The LINK Centre journal, The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), publishes Thematic Issues on A2K and knowledge governance themes.

Abrahams is currently completing her PhD at Wits, holds a BSc in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Cape Town (UCT), and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Development Administration from Wits. She has also attended the Global Faculty Development Programme at the Wharton School, Pennsylvania, with a focus on scholarly publishing.

Chris Armstrong

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Dr. Chris Armstrong has more than a decade of experience researching and writing on matters of African technology, media, innovation, knowledge governance, and intellectual property. He works for the LINK Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, and for the Open AIR Canada hub at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

In 2005-06, Armstrong served as Researcher for the LINK Centre’s Commons-Sense: Towards an African Digital Information Commons project, followed by five years, from 2007 to 2011, as Research Manager for the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) network, the precursor network to Open AIR. He participated in the expansion of ACA2K into the larger Open AIR network in 2011, and served as the network’s Publishing and Communications Consultant until 2014. Since 2015, he has participated in Open AIR’s South Africa and Canada research teams, focusing his research and writing on the “maker” movement. He co-authored, with Dr. Erika Kraemer-Mbula, the 2017 Open AIR Working Paper on The Maker Movement in Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Armstrong is Publishing Editor of The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC); co-author of The African Digital Commons: A Participant’s Guide (LINK Centre, 2005); an editor of Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright (UCT Press, 2010); and an editor of Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (UCT Press, 2014). He has a BA in Political Science and English Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, a Master’s in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a PhD in Media Studies from Wits in Johannesburg.

Gino Cocchiaro

Natural Justice, Cape Town

Gino Cocchiaro is a lawyer with Natural Justice, a South African-based, non-profit legal practice seeking to ensure conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through the self-determination of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs). Natural Justice works in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.

Cocchiaro’s work focuses on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the protection of traditional knowledge (TK). One of his core activities at Natural Justice is advising communities on the development of bio-cultural community protocols (BCPs). Before joining Natural Justice, Cocchiaro served in 2009-10 as a Legal Researcher at the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO).

Cocchiaro joined Open AIR at its launch in 2011, and was one of the researchers and authors of the case study published in 2014 as Consideration of a Legal “Trust” Model for the Kukula Healers’ TK Commons in South Africa.

Yolisa Kedama

Bernard Maister

University of Cape Town

Dr. Bernard Maister is a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law (Minnesota) and has an LLM from the Cardozo School of Law (New York). He is a licensed attorney in the states of Minnesota and New York.

As a member of the “patent bar”, he is authorised to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has worked as an attorney in law firms in Minnesota and New York involved in patent prosecution and litigation, and pharmaceutical mass torts.

Maister’s current affiliation with the UCT IP Unit arose out of his work on the impact of IP rights on innovation and development, with particular reference to the Millennium Development Goals, as part of a major research project for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The project generated the book Harnessing Intellectual Property Rights for Development Objectives (Wolf Legal, 2011), with Maister serving as one of the authors.

Maister has subsequently participated in research, and published, on various other aspects of international IP rights, including traditional knowledge and, more recently, the area of plant breeders’ rights, food security, and biotechnology patenting.

In addition to these activities, Maister plays an active role in the teaching program of the IP Unit. Prior to his legal career, Maister worked as a pediatric neurologist in the US. His medical degree is from UCT.

Britta Rutert

Natural Justice, Cape Town

Britta Rutert received her PhD in Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin. Her thesis, “Contested Properties: People, Plants and the Politics of Bioprospecting in Post-Apartheid South Africa”, involved two years of extensive ethnographic fieldwork analyzing, among others, the value the Kukula Traditional Health Practitioners attribute to their medicinal plants and knowledge in the context of Access Benefit Sharing (ABS) agreements. Concurrently she was a researcher for Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment in Bushbuckridge, South Africa. Currently she also works as a medical anthropologist at the University Hospital Charité in Berlin, Germany.

Susan Isiko Štrba

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Dr. Susan Isiko Štrba is a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, where she lecturers on intellectual property, co-supervises PhD students, and conducts research on topics related to intellectual property, trade, and development. In addition, Dr. Štrba is a Senior Research Affiliate at the University of Minnesota’s Intellectual Property and Development Program as well as a tutor at the WIPO Academy. Previously, she has been a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and the Boston University International Campus in Geneva.

Dr. Štrba has extensive policy, legislative, and technical advising experience for the world’s leading international organisations including the WHO, ILO, UNCTAD, WIPO, the EU, and more. She has also been an advisor to the African Union, COMESA, a number of African governments, and various NGOs. Before joining the international arena, she was a practicing lawyer with firms in Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda. She is the author of International Copyright Law and Access to Education in Developing Countries: Exploring Multilateral Legal and Quasi-Legal Solutions and has published numerous journal articles in the field of IP and development. Dr. Štrba is a member of ATRIP and is currently a member of the Executive Council on SIEL.

Cath Traynor

Natural Justice, Cape Town

Cath Traynor has a PhD in ecology, with a focus on rights-based approaches to sustainable use, conservation, and climate change. She currently head’s the Climate Change Program at Natural Justice – lawyers for communities and the environment. Traynor has published several peer-reviewed papers and has been supporting the Kukula Traditional Health Practitioners Association revise and utilize their biocultural community protocol.

Lotha Elisha

Ngateu Secondary School, Arusha

Eliamani Laltaika

Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha

Eliamani Laltaika is a Lecturer in the School of Business Studies and Humanities at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha. Before that, he was a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Tumaini Univeristy and served as Coordinator of the Tanzania Intellectual Property Rights Network (TIP-Net), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to sensitising Tanzanians on issues related to IP and technology transfer. He is also a former World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Indigenous IP Law Fellow.

Laltaika holds degrees in Law from Tumaini University Iringa (LLB Honours), from University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa (LLM in Environmental Law) and from the Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre (LLM in IP Law). He is presently completing his PhD in IP Law at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich.

Laltaika’s research interests include: the implications for IP and competition law of establishment of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market; protection of traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs); and the role of IP and TK in climate change mitigation and adaptation in Tanzania. He serves as a legal researcher cum consultant for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO’s) Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs), an ongoing project to develop a system of databases, with worldwide coverage, in bioethics and other areas of applied ethics in science and technology (such as environmental ethics, science ethics, and technology ethics). He joined Open AIR in 2012 as a Research Fellow.

Gabriel Malima

Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha

Gabriel Malima is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Innovation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business Studies and Humanities, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST). He holds an MSc in Management of Development from Van Hall Larenstein University, where he specialized in Rural Development and Communications. He also holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Tumaini University, Tanzania, and earned his BSc in Agriculture General from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. He has a number of publications in the areas of marketing, innovation development, mobile phone technology acceptance and use, and agriculture.

Before joining NM-AIST, Malima worked for more than 5 years with the University of Iringa as an assistant lecturer. While working at this University, he was a researcher on several projects such as the Companion Village Project, NAFAKA project, and the RUFORUM Legumes for Striga Management project in Tanzania. He has offered consultant services to organisation such as the International Institute of Agriculture in Tanzania and the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor. In addition, Malima has worked with SNV (Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers) to strengthening producer groups in collective bargaining and organizational governance in the Sunflower value chain in Mbeya.

Currently, Malima is involved in a number of research projects at NM-AIST. His research interests are in marketing, entrepreneurship, innovation development, intellectual property, and STEM education.

Christine Millya

Tanzania Intellectual Property Rights Network, Arusha

Josephine Mkunda

Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha

Josephine Joseph Mkunda is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Innovation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business Studies and Humanities, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST). Mkunda is also a PhD candidate in the Life Science and Bioengineering jointly at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and the University of Copenhagen. She holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics, specializing in Policies and Food Security, and a BSc in Food Science and Technology, both from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania.

Before joining NM-AIST, she worked with several intergovernmental and non-government organizations including as the Regional Agricultural Inputs Trade Specialist for the East African Community (EAC), the Regional Lobbying and Advocacy Manager for the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, and as a Commodities Manager for World Vision Tanzania. She also previously worked as a consultant to organizations such as Vi-Agroforestry and PELUM-Tanzania. Mkunda also has two research publications on The Role of National Agricultural Policies in the Regional Integration Process and the Participation of Farmer’s Organizations and the other one on the Livestock Ownership and Household Food Security. Her research interests include international trade, marketing innovation, food security, agricultural policies, climate change, and other issues that have an impact upon people at the grass roots level.

Agnes Robert

Terrat Computers and Vocational Training Centre, Arusha

Imen Ben Ali Barnat

El Amouri Institute, Tunis

Imen Ben Ali Barnat holds a Master of Marketing degree from ISG in Tunis and is Research Manager at Tunisia’s El Amouri Institute. She oversees monitoring and quality control for all of the Institute’s research projects, both qualitative and quantitative.

Moses Mulumba

Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development, Kampala

Moses Mulumba, Executive Director of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) in Kampala, is also an advocate of the High Court of Uganda. His areas of interest include: global health law and policy; intellectual property (IP) law; and drug and devices regulation. He has a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree, a Master of Law (LLM), and a Master of Philosophy.

Mulumba is an African Advisor to the UN Development Program (UNDP) HIV and the Law Commission, and a Board Member of the Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA). He has been a principal or co-investigator on a number of research projects funded by international foundations and agencies. He joined Open AIR as a Research Fellow in 2013.

Shirin Elahi

Scenarios Architecture, London

Using scenarios methodology, Shirin Elahi works with organisations to make sense of complex global risk and adapt to unexpected change. Elahi’s consulting focuses on examining uncertainty and looking for existing signals that indicate a likelihood of unanticipated change in the future. Elahi runs her own consultancy, Scenarios Architecture Ltd., and is Director of Scenarios and Innovation at NormannPartners, a Scandinavian scenarios and strategy consultancy.

Elahi has worked on numerous scenarios projects with a regional and global focus, including research into the future of: HIV/AIDS in Africa; global development and sustainable energy; uninsured losses from natural hazards; the impacts of existing financial systems; and the future of the intellectual property system. Her clients have included the European Patent Office (EPO), Shell International Ltd., and UNAIDS. She has lectured and published widely on risk and uncertainty, fairness, and management of change.

Elahi joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011, and led and managed the network’s scenario-building work from 2011 to 2013, which resulted in the publication Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future (Open AIR, 2013).

Alexandra Mogyoros

Univesity of Oxford

Alexandra Mogyoros is a Doctorate (DPhil) in Law Candidate at the University of Oxford, and serves as Co-Convener of the Oxford Intellectual Property Discussion Group, as a Researcher for Oxford Pro Bono Publico, and as Chief Clerk and Organising Committee Member of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre’s International Intellectual Property Moot.

Mogyoros’s areas of focus are at the intersections of health, technology, tort law, and intellectual property, and she has experience researching scenarios and foresight at the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics at the University of Edinburgh,.

Mogyoros holds a BCL (postgraduate taught degree in law) from the University of Oxford; a Doctor of Law (JD) in Common Law from the
University of Ottawa; a Certificate in Bioethics and Medical Ethics from Yale University; and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Guelph in Canada. She is a former Fellow of the Ontario Genomics Institute. Mogoyoros joined Open AIR in 2012 as a Research Fellow, based at the network’s Canada Hub at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

Fernando Dos Santos

African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation, Harare

Fernando Dos Santos is Director-General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) in Harare. Before taking the leadership of ARIPO in January 2013, he was Director-General of Mozambique’s Industrial Property Institute (IPI), within the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He is a also a Tutor at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Worldwide Academy, Geneva, and a former Lecturer in Law at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and the Technical University of Mozambique, Maputo.

Dos Santos was a member of the Mozambique Team for the Open AIR’s precursor network, African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K), from 2007 to 2010, and was an author of the ACA2K Mozambique Country Report. He joined Open AIR at its inception in 2011, and was one of the researchers and authors of the case study published in 2014 as The State of Biofuel Innovation in Mozambique. Dos Santos gave a keynote presentation on Africa and Appropriate Technologies at the combined 3rd Global Congress on IP & the Public Interest and Open AIR Conference on Innovation & IP in Africa in Cape Town in 2013.