Highlights

Keynote Talk at World Bank Conference on Digital technologies at the service of economic development in the Mediterranean

(2016 Marseille, France) “Digital technologies at the service of economic development in the Mediterranean”, World Bank With a large youth representation and youth unemployment ratio, the MENA Region faces a potential crisis unless new sources of growth in promising economic sectors such as ICT are identified and exploited. In many MENA countries, the education sector should be reformed to include specific qualifications and specialisations in the ICT sector. The private sector can play a larger role in helping governments and academia focus investments on high-priority and high demand skills, thus young students are ready for employment the moment they graduate. more >>

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Keynote Talk at the Government of Saudi Arabia Municipality Excellenece & Expansion Summit

(2016 Riyadh, KSA) “Transforming municipalities through project information and performance management”, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs Panel discussion on  “Transforming municipalities through project information and performance management”, MUNICIPALITY EXCELLENCE AND EXPANSION  SUMMIT, October 5th – 6th 2016, Burj Rafal Kempinski Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Founding Knowledge Manager Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Project Manager and Founding Knowledge Manager Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2009-2011) As a project manager, I led the Knowledge Management Project – first of its kind in UAE and the Middle East – ‘Musharaka – Excellence through Knowledge’ and managed successfully to ensure the performance/progress of the project is above the target in the first quarter of 2011 (see graph below). Moreover the project was rated Excellent by the Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance and thoroughly reviewed by Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence Office and presented before the General more >>

International testimonials

Dr. Alex Bielak, Senior Research Fellow and Knowledge Broker, United Nations University, Canada and Louise Shaxson, Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute, UK

Dr. Alex Bielak Founder and Chief Knowledge Broker, Alex Bielak Communications Former Senior Research Fellow and Knowledge Broker, Institute for Water, Environment and Health, United Nations University (UNU) Ontario, Canada Louise Shaxson Senior Research Fellow Overseas Development Institute (ODI) London, United Kingdom

Workshops

Strategic Management and Planning

Three Days Intensive Workshop This three-day course is intended to provide you with a global perspective and understanding of strategic management as a context for domestic and international operations. The aims are to develop an understanding of the different approaches to strategy; how choices are made between different possible approaches; the content in which choices are made; and how strategies and structures are designed and implemented. The course aims to enable leaders and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose strategy and plan effectively for their organisations. At the end of the course attendees should be able to acquire a comprehensive knowledge more >>

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Technology Transfer

Introduction This workshop focuses on a key question – what matters to investors? Using the main themes arising from this question the presentation will develop a set of guiding principles for the establishment of good practices that any Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) needs to adopt. These range from planning stages through to self-evaluation and the inter-connections between the IPA and other key Government agencies and Departments. The workshop is primarily practice based but there is a significant amount of theoretical concepts which lie behind this. The workshop will provide the fundamentals and better understanding of the concept and practice of more >>

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Executive Leadership and Knowledge Management for Women Police Officers

Five Days Intensive Workshop This five-day course has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on executive leadership and knowledge management (KM) in the public sector with special focus on Women Police Officers. The course aims to enable leaders and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose leadership styles and KM approaches to their organisations. At the end of the course attendees should be able to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience about KM and leadership styles and approaches in alignment with the local needs and capabilities. Moreover, after competition of the course, attendees to write a report, supported by the more >>

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Knowledge Management: concepts, applications and technologies

Knowledge Management: concepts, applications and technologies, Three Days Intensive Workshop  2013, Khartoum – Sudan Three Days Intensive Workshop Development Studies and Research Institute (DSRI), University of Khartoum This three-day course has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on knowledge management (KM) and leadership in the public and private sector. What were the objectives? Addresses the practical challenges that managers face as they seek to build, upgrade and exploit knowledge assets within their organizations Explore the different perspectives on KM Debate the importance and value of managing knowledge within your organization Align KM thinking with broader, more traditional strategic approaches more >>

Keynotes

Governmnet of Kuwait National Project for Knowledge Economy (NPKE), Kuwait City, Kuwait 2016

(2016 Kuwait City, Kuwait) “Contemporary Roles of Governments in the Knowledge Economy Era”, Government of Kuwait Kuwaiti government’s national conference entitled “Contemporary Roles of Governments in the Knowledge Economy Era”, 1-2 February 2016 in Kuwait. In addition to WASD, other international organisations that participated in the conference were the World Bank and the UNDP. The conference was structured in three main sessions, each of them followed by discussions: Session I: Government’s roles in underpinning and promotion of the knowledge economy environment. Session II: Driving towards effective development plan based on knowledge economy: prerequisites and mechanisms. Session III: Knowledge economy methodology and the education environment more >>

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Keynote Talk at the Kuwaiti Government’s Conference on Knowledge Economy

(Interview with Kuwaiti Al Rai TV) Prof. Allam Ahmed, the Founding President of WASD, has participated in the Kuwaiti government’s 2016 national conference about knowledge economy entitled “Contemporary Roles of Governments in the Knowledge Economy Era”, which took place between the 1st and 2nd of February 2016 in Kuwait. In addition to WASD, other international organisations that participated in the conference were the World Bank and UNDP. The conference was structured in three main sessions, each of them followed by discussions: Session I: Government’s roles in underpinning and promotion of the knowledge economy environment. Session II: Driving towards effective development plan based more >>

Keynotes

Sudan National Council for Research (NCR), Khartoum, Sudan 2015

Knowledge Transfer in Sudan Ranked 167 out of 188 countries in terms of development by UNDP in 2015, Sudan is classified a country with low human development, and has been for many years. However, at a recent conference in Sudan organised by the Sudanese Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, Prof. Allam Ahmed gave a keynote speech on how countries like Sudan can attain sustainable development without a strong technological and knowledge base. In his speech, Prof. Ahmed highlighted the need for a new partnership to bridge the knowledge divide, especially in relation to the way the development sector approaches selection, management and use more >>

News

OUT NOW: From Oil to Knowledge – Transforming the United Arab Emirates into a Knowledge-Based Economy

Prof Allam Ahmed, in conjunction with Dr Ibrahim Alfaki, has written a new book that evaluates the extent of the UAE’s success in diversifying its economy away from oil towards a knowledge-based economy. From Oil to Knowledge is the first book to present and critically evaluate the extent of the UAE’s success in diversifying its economy and implementing the principles and approaches of a knowledge-based economy. The authors identify the achievements of the government to date and areas for further development in order to transform the UAE into a leader in the adoption of science, technology and innovation to drive more >>

Conference Chair

University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom 2015

(2015 Brighton, UK) “The Role of Universities and Research Institutions in Managing Knowledge for a Sustainable Inclusive Growth in Sudan”, University of Sussex 2nd Diaspora International Conference University of Sussex, Brighton United Kingdom 11-12 June 2015 The conference main objective is to provide a forum for researchers, professionals and scholars of diverse interests and backgrounds to engage in discussions on innovative approaches to the challenges facing the future of Sudan and the Sudanese Diaspora across the world. The conference brought together intellectual and practice-based contributors who have examined the concepts of science and technology as an innovative approach to achieve a more >>

Keynotes

Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business, London, United Kingdom 2014

(2014 London, UK) “Digital Divide VS Global Diversity: Managing Information and Knowledge for a Sustainable Competitive Business”, University of East London Digital Divide VS Global Diversity: Managing Information and Knowledge for a Sustainable Competitive Business Global Equality and Diversity Conference, London 4 November 2014 Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business, University of East London, London – UK

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