IASP elects Konza Technopolis CEO Eng. Tanui to head its African division
The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) has elected Eng. John Tanui as its new IASP Africa Division President. Eng. Tanui is the Chief Executive Officer of Konza Technopolis.
Eng. Tanui will lead the Africa Division and also represent Africa in the international board whose IASP members include Botswana Innovation hub in Botswana, Konza Technopolis in Kenya, Innovation Hub in South Africa (SA), East London Industrial Development Zone Science and Technology Park in SA, Free State University in SA,
Other members are Royal Science and Technology Park in SA, Abuja Technology Village Free Zone Company in Nigeria, Lion Science Park University of Nigeria, Road Map Engineering in Sudan, Morrocan Information Technopark Company in Morocco and Science & Technology Park for Electronics Research & Industry in Egypt among others.
“I want to offer my gratitude for the confidence bestowed on me to lead the IASP Africa Division. When I received the news of my installation as the new President for the IASP Africa Division, I reflected on two major pillars; One was that of the leadership showcased by my predecessor Ms. Hauwa and the other is the potential of innovation in Africa,” said Eng, Tanui in a ceremony which was held virtually.
- Government suspends development permits issuance around Konza Technopolis
- Konza technopolis to have state-of-the-art security command centre
- Konza Technopolis partners with Israel Embassy on an innovation challenge
Eng. Tanui’s responsibility comes at a time when Africa needs to tap more into science and its digital potential to meet the needs and challenges of the continent.
“The call to be the IASP Africa Division President came with the reflection on Africa’s innovation potential that largely remains untapped. With statistics from the e-economy Report of 2020 by Google and International Finance Corporation (IFC) indicating that Africa’s digital economy will have value of over $180 billion by 2025, this responsibility has come at the time when I believe we need to work together to unlock these vast opportunities as a team,” said Eng. Tanui.
He emphasized the need for collaboration and unity among the members as they seek to create new business opportunities from their innovation parks.
He takes the mantle from Ms. Hauwa Yabani, the CEO of Abuja Technology Village Free Zone Company in Nigeria.
Yabani took the leadership in May 2019 from Botswana Innovation Hub CEO Alan Boshwaen, becoming the first IASP Africa Division female president since it was established in 1984.
IASP is in 75 countries globally, with more than 115,000 companies working with its members.
The IASP organisation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, membership based organisation with worldwide network bringing together over 350 science parks whose key objective is to coordinate an active network of professionals that manage areas of innovation.
IASP is also in a Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.