Born in Burundi, Dr. Jean Bosco Kazirukanyo resides and works in Johannesburg, South Africa where his company is located. Dr Kazirukanyo has background in Chemical Engineering and is qualified in both Cement Process Technology, Cement Chemistry, Superplaticizers and Concrete Technology.

He has a Ph.D. in Applied Chemical Science, Masters in International Relations from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Cement Chemistry and Process from Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Russia. He also holds a Chemical Weapons Protection Chief Instructor Certificate from the NBC academy in Switzerland.

His extensive industrial and academic experience led to the innovation of the Oil Spill Cement (OSP) cement that protects water from carcinogenic oil spills. The cement then reacts with the pollutants and contaminants in the water to generate small lumps. The lumps are removed and placed in designated plastic container, and then transported to concrete plants, where they are transformed into concrete additives.

A 2011 United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report found that oil spills in Southern Nigeria had adverse effects on the environment including contaminating drinking water and threatening health of locals in the area. The UN body estimates that it will take more than 30 years to rehabilitate communities and the environment.

Read: Kenyan Entrepreneur Eugene Mbugua

Jean Bosco Kazirukanyo is the Managing Director at the Advanced Cement Institute which he set up in 2009. He is a…

Posted by Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) on Saturday, May 9, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (AFI) recognised Dr. Kazirukanyo’s contribution. He was one of the top finalists out of 925 entries from countries and in agriculture, education and health sectors.  In describing his innovation, AFI stated: “This innovation effectively contains and recycles ecologically harmful spills that are currently being disposed of in an unsustainable manner across Africa, causing huge ecological damage.”

He was also recognised as one of Ventures Africa’s 42 African Innovators to Watch in 2016. Terming his innovation as ‘ground-breaking’, it also recognised his climate change activism.

Read: How Mike Chilewe Jnr made it without a silverspoon

Apart from his activism, Dr. Kazirukanyo also founded the ACTP Institute, which produces highly trained and qualified cement engineers and chemists.  It also helps in cement-related research and development services in various African countries.

He learned Business Development, Sales Management, Import/Export and Business Administration and has been part of various conferences, including the Cement and Concrete for Africa workshop in Berlin, where he presented on energy and environmental challenges to the African cement industry.