Rasigan Maharajh is an activist scholar who is primarily based in South Africa. Having occupied leadership roles in both mass democratic and a national liberation movement, he served as national coordinator of the science and technology transition programme of the first post-apartheid government. After his deployment as Head of Policy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, he is the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation of Tshwane University of Technology since 2004.
From 2014, he has also served as the Node Head of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. He is a Professor Extraordinary of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology of Stellenbosch University from 2015. He holds a PhD in Political Economy and Research Policy from Lund University in Sweden.
Maharajh will be one of five judges directing the hearings of the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (CICC).