Last week, Prominent Kenyan academic Calestous Juma passed away at the age of 64, prompting an outpouring of grief and tributes within members of FIATA who had the pleasure of working and learning from Dr. Juma.
Dr. Juma was an advocate for entrepreneurship and progress, he was also stern in his warnings to African governments, positing that Africa will not develop without creating the right policies or setting up the much-needed infrastructure.
FIATA’s introduction to Dr. Juma were first made through our FIATA Logistics Academy Chair, Mr. Issa Baluch while both were at Harvard University. He participated in numerous FIATA events including the very recent 2017 World Congress in October held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He contributed and help establish the current Memorundum of Undersanding between FIATA and Africa’s Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The FIATA Foundation also had the pleasure of contributing to Dr. Juma upcoming publication title “Emergent Africa” highlighting the important role of trade and logistics to achieve a more integrated continent.
His contributions, personality and drive is a great loss to our world. FIATA wishes to extend its deepest condolences to his family and friends. His memory and teachings will continue to echo throughout FIATA’s meetings as we continue to progress towards his vision for Africa.