Dr Yasser Buchana is a senior research specialist at the Centre for Science, Technology, and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII), a division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Cape Town, South Africa. With a career spanning over a decade, Buchana has worked as a software engineer, business analyst, project manager, and data scientist in the public and private/commercial sectors. His significant contributions have been instrumental in the conceptualisation and leadership of high-impact government research projects, focusing on innovation measurement across the broader economy and specifically in the agricultural sector.
In his capacity as the chairperson of the Data Committee at CeSTII, Buchana has played a leading role in overseeing the administration and approval process for all data requests within CeSTII. He also played a vital role in coordinating the digitalisation special project, aimed at implementing a cutting-edge fieldwork management system for the HSRC's flagship R&D Survey.
Buchana has a strong academic background, having obtained a PhD in information systems from the University of Cape Town, a masterâ??s degree (cum laude) in information systems from the University of the Western Cape, and a bachelorâ??s degree in computer science. His expertise is further evidenced by his extensive contributions to the field, including peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at domestic and international conferences.