Leap-frogging Development: Innovation and Growth in sub-Saharan Africa


Moderator: Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Clapperton Chakanetsa

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mavhunga joined MIT as an assistant professor in 2008 and is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), which received Honorable Mentions in the Turku Prize (European Society for Environmental History) and Herskovits Prize (African Studies Association) in 2015. He is also editor of What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? (MIT Press, 2017) which explores science, technology and innovation in Africa from an archaeological, historical, philosophical, anthropological, STS, engineering, development, and policymaking perspective.

His professional interests lie in the history, theory, and practice of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the international context, with a focus on Africa.

Keller Rinaudo


Keller Rinaudo is CEO and co-founder of Zipline, a drone delivery company focused on health care, Keller Rinaudo works with the country of Rwanda to make last-mile deliveries of blood to half of the transfusing facilities in the country. The ultimate goal is to put each of the 12 million citizens of Rwanda within a 15–30 minute delivery of any essential medical product they need, no matter where they live.

Zipline is also working with GAVI, UPS, USAID, and several other countries in East Africa. The company is a team of 60 aerospace and software engineers headquartered in San Francisco, CA. It is funded by Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Paul Allen, Jerry Yang, and Stanford University. Rinaudo is also a professional rock climber ranked top 10 in sport climbing. He has scaled alpine cliffs in France, underwater caves in Kentucky and the limestone towers of Yangshuo, China.

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