Mr. Maharajh is currently Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) based at the Tshwane University of Technology. He is an active member of the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence-building Systems (GLOBELICS) and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Wits Business School.
Mr. Maharajh is concurrently a doctoral fellow at the Forskningspolitiska Institutet of Lunds Universitets in Sweden. His research in the field of evolutionary political economy involves numerous international, continental and regional projects on the form, function and context of knowledge generation, application and diffusion in economic growth, social development and democratic governance. His latest publication is: “International Cooperation in S&T in the new global geopolitical framework: Continuities and Changes” in International Cooperation in the Knowledge Era, forthcoming from the Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos and Ministério de Ciência e Tecnologia of Brazil.
Previously, he was the Head of the Policy Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) following his deployment as National Coordinator of the Science and Technology Policy Transition Project for South Africa’s first democratic government. During this time he was also employed by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Prior to 1994, he worked in the non-governmental sector concerned with literacy, education and human resource development whilst simultaneously holding elected leadership positions within various student, youth and organised labour structures of the mass democratic movement and the African National Congress.