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Westminister Higher Education Forum, London, United Kingdom 2016

Next steps for Open Access and Open Data research policy Global Progress towards Open Access and Open Data and the UK’s role Westminister Higher Education Forum 22nd November 2016 The conference  discuss remaining challenges identified in the latest report from the Government’s UK Open Access Co-ordination Group – including how to apply Open Access to monographs, the management of repositories and their future role, and the level of Article Processing Charges, as well as the future of the academic publishing market more widely. Also examine the legal, ethical and logistical implications of delivering an ‘Open Data’ framework for publicly funded more >>

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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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World Bank, Marseille, France 2016

(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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Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, United Kingdom 2016

(2016 Brighton, UK) “Global Trends in Knowledge Sharing Technologies”, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Eldis Anniversary Workshop 15 September 2016   Abstract Every year the debates and discussion about ‘Knowledge Sharing’ and ‘Knowledge Management’ increase as our organisations become more complex. Based on the assumption that knowledge must be widely disseminated and freely accessible to have an impact, sharing and managing knowledge seem to open up new and varied avenues to be explored in the direction of sustainability. Knowledge sharing is constantly being challenged by factors such as the increasing number of knowledge workers, the globalisation of work and the more >>

News

NOW PUBLISHED: Critical Role of Diaspora in International Scientific Cooperation with the Country of Origin

WASD is pleased announce the publication of The Critical Role of Diaspora in International Scientific Cooperation with the Country of Origin, edited by Allam Ahmed. This book includes contributions by international experts and high level Diaspora from the public and private sectors across the world on the critical role of Diaspora towards sustainable and inclusive knowledge-based growth in the country of origin to ensure countries of origin are benefiting from their Diaspora and competing at the forefront of science, technology and innovation (STI). This volume includes selection of the best papers presented during the 3rd Diaspora International Conference of World Association for Sustainable more >>

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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

Advisor for the African Capacity Building Foundation
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Advisor for the African Capacity Building Foundation

Advisor and Distinguished Reference Member, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) (2012-2015) Provides intellectual guidance and critical insights to the process, as well as challenge the ACBF ACIR team to develop its thinking and ensure that the AFRICA CAPACITY INDICATORS REPORT (ACIR) achieves its objective of delivering a critical, evidence-based report. Review and provide technical input into the: a) methodology for delivering the ACIR; b) data capturing instruments; c) commissioned background papers; d) ACIR Indices; e) Validation workshop; and, f) final Report.

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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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Ahlia University, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 2014

(2014 Manama, Bahrain) “Innovation and Development: The Role of Human Capital”, Ahlia University Innovation is a key driver of knowledge creation and economic growth. It empowers individuals, groups and organizations to find solutions to social and economic challenges. In Bahrain, as well as in the rest of the Gulf countries, job creation, economic diversification and the act of inventing new products and services are increasingly seen as vital for the future development of the region. Policymakers seek to ensure that national economies benefit from the information revolution by building capacity for the creation of new ideas, technologies, organizational know-how and more >>

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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 >>

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