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 >>


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 >>

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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 >>


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


Global Development Network (GDN), New Delhi, India 2014

(2014 New Delhi, India) “Doing Research”, Global Development Network (GDN) Global Development Network (GDN) Doing Research Workshop 2014 New Delhi – India “What constitutes an enabling research environment and how can developing countries in particular foster one? 35 participants from around the world and with expertise cutting across disciplines and areas, from university management to capacity building and science and technology policy debated in a one day workshop organized by GDN in New Delhi on April 3rd. The workshop marked the launch of the pilot of a new innovative project called Doing Research that GDN will carry out over the more >>


Leadership, Investment Promotion and Entrepreneurship Development: concepts, strategy and practice

This three-day executive workshop provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the investment environment in which your organizations are operating, whether public or private. It will also assist you to identify and apply a range of measures in order to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of your institution. The workshop involves an introduction to the driving forces of foreign direct investment and the current trends; the characteristics of a sound investment environment; investment promotion policies, and in particular the role of investment promotion agencies; best practices in investment promotion as well as enterprise development policies, principles and more >>


Al-Zaytoona University, Amman, Jordan 2013

(2013 Amman, Jordan) “Human Capital in a Knowledge Economy”, Al-Zaytoona University The 12th Scientific Annual International Conference for Business Human Capital in a Knowledge Economy Al-Zaytoona University Amman, Jordan 22 – 25 April 2013


Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom 2013

(2013 London, UK) “Making science and technology work for international development: key policy lessons”, Imperial College London Making science and technology work for international development: key policy lessons; International Development Conference entitled “The role of Science and technology in international development”, Imperial College London, 23 Feb 2013. The IC-IDC is the first student led conference of its kind to be hosted at Imperial College.

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University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom 2013

(2013 Brighton, UK) “Towards a Sustainable Knowledge-Based Economy in the Middle East & North Africa”, University of Brighton  Towards a Sustainable Knowledge-Based Economy in the Middle East & North Africa One Day International Conference Wednesday 30th January 2013 University of Brighton and Sussex Aims and Objectives The conference aims to critically discuss a range of issues relating to the role of academics and professionals in supporting and enhancing the process of transforming the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to advanced, knowledge-based societies led by sustainable innovation and social advance. The conference will also discuss the major obstacles more >>

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World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2012

(2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE) “Change, Innovate and Lead for a Sustainable Future”, World Association for Sustainable Development 10th International Conference World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) 19-21 November 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates The theme of the conference was Change, Innovate and Lead for a Sustainable Future. Articles from this conference have been published in the World Sustainable Development Outlook Book Series.


United Nations University, Hamilton, Canada 2012

(2012 Hamilton, Canada) “Knowledge Management and Mobilization”, United Nations K* Star Conference  United Nations University Conference, entited “Knowledge Management and Mobilization”, United Nations University, 25-27 April 2012, Hamilton, Ontario – Canada More details about K* conference

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United Nations Global Forum on ICTs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2010

(2010 Abu Dhabi, UAE) “Managing Knowledge in the Era of Information and Communication Technologies”, United Nations Global Forum on ICTs Managing Knowledge in the Era of Information and Communication Technologies, United Nations Global Forum 2010 entitled “ICT for MDGs: Moving from Advocacy to Actions” organized by the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, 5-6 December 2010, Abu Dhabi: UAE Summary: Since the Rio summit in 1992 sustainable development (SD) is becoming increasingly a major concern for all Arab countries. Yet, translating the principles of SD into effective economic and environmental policies seems to be a major challenge for all countries. more >>


University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2009

(2009 Cambridge, UK) “Would You Prefer a Mobile Phone or a Toilet?”, University of Cambridge “Would You Prefer a Mobile Phone or a Toilet?” Panel: Dr David Grimshaw (Head of International Programme – New Technologies, Practical Action), Professor Geoff Walsham (University of Cambridge, Judge Business School), Dr Allam Ahmed (University of Sussex) and Dr Shoba Arun (Manchester Metropolitan University Monday 26 October 2009 HouseMcCrum Lecture Theatre Technology has been touted as the panacea for the challenges facing developing countries. However, with limited resources, there is a need to prioritise and economise. Should we focus technological R&D on affordable basic infrastructure, more >>

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