Professor Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka is currently Director, Monitoring and Research Division, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya. 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. His research interests are in Science Technology, and Innovation 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. His recent book with Rajah Rasiah is titled: Uneven Paths of Development: innovation and Learning in Asia and Africa (Edward Elgar, 2009) and Latecomer development: Knowledge and Innovation for Economic Growth (Routeledge, UK, 2009). His earlier book include “Learning to Compete in African Industry”, Ashgate (2006). He is a board member of several academic journals and programmes including the, STEPS-IDS, Sussex, UK. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.