Conference Program

Day One – Monday 25th July 2016

08:30-09:00 Arrival Refreshments and Networking
09:00-10:15 Welcome and Overview
Allam AhmedPresident WASD, Director MEKEI, and Founder Sudan Knowledge, UK

Session (1): Diaspora and sustainable development: opportunities and challenges

ChairProfessor Hunud Abia KadoufDean, Ahmad Ibrahim Faculty of Laws, International Islamic University, Malaysia
Rapporteur: Professor Izzeldin Mohamed OsmanChairman, Council for Computer Systems Professions and Former Vice-Chancellor, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan

Transformation of traditional diaspora leadership, management and involvement model
Rudi PageExecutive Director, Making Connections Work Ltd, UK
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Dispersed, But are we united?
Basma Khalifa, International Fashion Journalist, UK
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Return to the homeland: Dilemma of immigrants from developing countries
Dr. Musa Shallal, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
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10:15- 10:45 Tea/Coffee Break and Networking
10:45-12:00

Session (2): Information and communication technologies and diaspora engagement

Chair: Dr. Adil Eltigani, Scientific Director, Skeam Business School, France
Rapporteur: Dr. Ayat Abu-Agla, Sudanese Medical Specialization Board and Trinity College University of Dublin, Ireland

Unlocking diaspora potentials: Towards a sustainable big data platform for engagement and exploitation
Professor Lukumon O. OyedeleDirector of Bristol Enterprise, Research and Innovation Centre (BERIC) and Professor of Enterprise and Project Management University of the West of England, UK
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An internet mediated PhD programme in computer science and information technology
Professor Izzeldin Mohamed OsmanChairman, Council for Computer Systems Professions and Former Vice-Chancellor, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan
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Benchmarking assessment of the ICT ecosystem in Sudan
Dr. Hassan Hamdoun, University of Aberdeen, UK
Osama Mohammed Khair and Osama Mohammed Ibrahim, Zain, Sudan
Marwan A. A. Adam, Sudanese Knowledge Society, Sudan
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Nutrition and dietetic services in the context to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and the need of diasporic engagement
Dr. Nahlaa A. Khalifa, King Abdulaziz University, KSA
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12:00-12:45 Lunch and Networking
12:45-14:00

Session (3): Diaspora role in peace and security

Chair: Ahmed Bannaga, Legal Advisor and International Representative, Physical Environmental Centre of Khartoum, Sudan
Rapporteur: Dalia Almik, Patron, Aid to Africa Organization in the British Parliament, UK

From passive to active: Changing times in diaspora engagement in home grown terrorism and foreign fighter trend
David Otto, Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime/Security Expert, Director, TGS Intelligence Consultants Ltd, UK
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Human trafficking in Eastern Sudan and its impact on Europe
Suliman Salih Dirar, African Global Media and Community Development, UK
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Contextualizing socio-legal problems of Sudanese students in Malaysia
Professor Hunud Abia KadoufDean, Ahmad Ibrahim Faculty of Laws, International Islamic University, Malaysia
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Review of neurology specialist visits to Southern Darfur
Dr. Isameldin M. H. Izzeldin, University of Strathclyde, UK
Dr. Asma E.I. Abdel-Gader, Khartoum Teaching Hospital, Sudan
Dr. Khalid M. E. El-Talib, Al-Shaab Teaching Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan
Dr. Hatim A. Nagi, National Insurance Fund, Sudan
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14:00-14:30  Tea/Coffee Break and Networking
14:30- 15:45

Session (4): Economy and finance

Chair: Chair: Rudi PageExecutive Director, Making Connections Work Ltd, UK
Rapporteur: Dr. Siham El-Kafafi, Director of Research, ICL Education Group, New Zealand

Review of the contribution and role of the manufacturing sector in the Sudanese Economy
Dr. Adil Dafa’Alla, Airbus UK, UK
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Sudanese microfinance providers mobile banking adoption intention determinants
Anwar Ammar, Multimedia University, Malaysia
Prof. Elsadig Ahmed, Multimedia University, Malaysia
Prof. Abdelrahman Elzahi, Islamic Development Bank,  Saudi Arabia
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Economic value of agricultural water in Sudan
Dr. Eltigani E. B. Abdelgalil and Dr. Mohamed E. Gali, University of Gezira, Sudan
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The economic impact of migration on the welfare of Ethiopian households
Yousra Abdelmoneim and Dr. Julie Litchfield, University of Sussex, UK
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15:45-16:00 Tea/Coffee Break and Networking
16:00-17:00

Session (5): University of Khartoum, Sudan: Past – Present – Future

Chair: Allam Ahmed, President WASD, UK
Rapporteur: Dr. Abdelrahman Omer, Specialist Trainee, Royal Victoria Infirmary, UK

The session will also discuss the future of the University of Khartoum, Sudan as the main and oldest university in Sudan. In addition to the conference delegates, there will be contributions from across the world by various international experts and scholars via skype and other social media tools. The session will discuss in more details the recent protests by the university students over reports about the government plans to sell some buildings of the university for use as a tourist attraction.

Day Two – Tuesday 26th July 2016

08:30- 09:00 Arrival Refreshments and Networking
09:00- 10:15 Reflection from day one
Dr. Adil Dafa’Alla, Specialist, Aero Data for Loads, Airbus UK, UK

Session (6): knowledge transfer, skills and capacity development

Chair: Dr. Elsheikh Badr, Secretary General, Sudanese Medical Specialization Board, Sudan
Rapporteur: Dr. Ibrahim N. Mamadu, Specialist, Centre for Alternative Sustainable Livelihoods, Nigeria

Knowledge for the development of the home country
Dr. Adil Eltigani, Skeam Business School, France
Dr. Mohamed Shamou, Ford Motor Company, UK
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Reflections on six years of knowledge transfer to Sudan – SMA UK&I experience
Dr. Babikir Ismail, Sudanese Medical Association (SMA), UK
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The role of diaspora’s multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) in sustainable rural development
Dr. Abdelrahman Omer, Royal Victoria Infirmary, UK

The development of the future leadership in Sudan: investment in human capabilities
Ahmed Bannaga, Physical Environmental Centre of Khartoum, Sudan
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10:15- 10:45 Tea/Coffee Break and Networking
10:45-12:00

Session (7): Science, technology and innovation

Chair: Dr. Eltigani E. B. Abdelgalil, Dean, Water Management and Irrigation Institute, University of Gezira, Sudan
Rapporteur: Elmouiz S. Hussein, Airbus UK, UK

A UNESCO “Arab Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Facility”: A key to building an innovation economy in the Arab Region
Dr. Nazar M. Hassan, UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences for the Arab States, Egypt

Open innovation in practice – Google versus Microsoft
Dr. Siham El-Kafafi, ICL Education Group, New Zealand
Jing Chai, Greenspot Ltd., New Zealand
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The public use of virtual support groups: Proposed study to explore a cross-platform mobile messaging application used by self-created weight loss group
Dr. Nagat Eltoum, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, KSA
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North East Arid Zone Development Programme: Diaspora partnership opportunity in research and development in the Sahel of Nigeria
Professor Njidda M. Gadzama, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
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12:00-12:45 Lunch and Networking
12:45- 14:00

Session (8): Environment and industry

Chair: Dr. Mohamed Shamou, Quality & Reliability Consultant, Ford Motor Company, UK  
Rapporteur: Dr. Elham Aljaaly, Vice-Dean of Female Section and Head of the Clinical Nutrition Programme, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, KSA

Enablers and inhibitors for effective industrialization process in Sudan
Dr. Adil Dafa’Alla, Airbus UK, UK
Elmouiz S. Hussein, Airbus UK, UK
Marwan A. A. Adam, Sudanese Knowledge Society, Sudan
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Towards a resilient reconstruction of Syria through strategic governance and capacity building
Dr. Roudaina Al Khani, Platforms for sustainable cities and regions, UK

Climate change, conflict and displacement: Disaster risk reduction in Sudan
Nuha Eltinay, Arab Urban Development Institute, Saudi Arabia and Doctoral Researcher, London South Bank University, UK

Assessment of the use of treated wastewater from oil refinery in irrigation, Khartoum-Sudan
Dr. Sarra Saad, National Center for Research, Sudan
Sufyan A. M. Osman, Ministry of Oil, Sudan
Dr. Ahmed Aldoma, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan
Hind Abdallah Suliman, University of Khartoum, Sudan
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14:00-14:30 Tea/Coffee Break and Networking
14:30- 15:30

Session (9): Public health and medical sciences

Chair: Dr. Babikir IsmailConsultant Pathologist, Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Trust and Sudanese Medical Association (SMA), UK
Rapporteur: Dr. Isameldin M. H. Izzeldin, Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist, University of Strathclyde, UK

The Sudan Medical Specialization Board diaspora program: achievements and lessons from recent experience
Dr. Elsheikh Badr and Dr. Nazik Babikir, Sudanese Medical Specialization Board, Sudan
Dr. Ayat Abu-Agla, Sudanese Medical Specialization Board and Trinity College University of Dublin, Ireland
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The contribution of diaspora in healthcare of the country of origin: time to step up
Dr. Ibrahim N. Mamadu, Centre for Alternative Sustainable Livelihoods, Nigeria
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Research status and profile of the second didactic dietetics programme in Saudi Arabia: A response from a Diaspora of graduates
Dr. Elham Aljaaly, King Abdulaziz University, KSA
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15:45- 17:00

Session (10): Strengthening the diaspora notworks and groups: the role of YOUTH 

Chair: Allam Ahmed, President WASD, UK
RapporteurYousra Abdelmoneim, University of Sussex, UK

This session will discuss and gather viewpoints from across the world about how to how to ensure the relevant Diaspora groups and networks are involved in the development and review of policies that impact on them or their country of origin. They are consulted with regard to the objectives and desired outcomes of the policy, and the best means of achieving them to ensure countries of origin are benefiting from their Diaspora and competing at the forefront of science, technology and innovation (STI).

The world of tomorrow belongs to the youth of today, therefore it is necessary to observe and act on their issues, comments and concerns. The session will also highlight the main topics of advocacy amongst youth and examine new and emerging methods of influencing policy and raising consciousness (eg media, IT), identify problematic areas and find solutions for message delivery, implementation of policy and programme longevity. Contributors will discuss issues relating to gender equity and youth and the important role and contribution they are expected to make in the future Diasporic cultural development. Some of the other issues that can be discussed here relates to how youth and gender shape identities in the modern world; How diasporic communities challenge or reinforce gender inequalities in the evolving Diasporic centers?; In what ways can future Diasporic activities offer opportunities for women and youth to chart new approaches to Sudanese cultural manifestations in view of their contributions, challenges and vulnerabilities within the host country context?

2017 Conference theme and venue

Best Paper Award

Concluding Remarks

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