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Prof. Allam AhmedFounder International Diaspora InitiativeProfessor of Knowledge Management and Sustainable DevelopmentCo-Director Centre for Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC), University of East London, UK
Allam is the Founder of the International Diaspora Project (Sudan Knowledge) and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Sudan Research (IJSR). Founding President of World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and all its journal; Founding Director of Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI) and is currently a Professor of Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development and Co-Director of the Centre of Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC) at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, UK.
Allam was born in Sudan, where he spent his childhood and early youth, completing his BSc (Hons) in Agriculture at the University of Khartoum. He then moved to the UK and received an MBA/MSc in Business Management from the Royal Agricultural University (first agricultural college in the English speaking world). He was awarded the RAU Scholarship and Prestigious Book Prize for Best MSc/MBA Dissertation. Finally, he went on to complete his PhD in Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Development in two years at Edinburgh Napier University. His PhD research is one of the first detailed analysis of identifying an additional technological gaps within DCs mainly African that hindering the effective and efficient transfer of technology within DCs with the Sudan Gezira Scheme (largest agricultural scheme under one administration in Africa) used as a case study. He is a Fellow and Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and the recipient of several international Awards and Medals for contribution to International Scientific Research and listed in the WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD 2009-2019, WHO’S WHO IN FINANCE and BUSINESS 2009/2010 and WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA 2012-2014 published by Marquis Who’s Who, USA. Allam has travelled and worked in almost all continents of the world including substantial experience in Africa, Middle East and Europe.
Allam spent 15 years (2004-2019) at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK, where he established and led the postgraduate programme MSc International Management. He has also been fortunate enough to have a wide variety of teaching experiences prior to the University of University of East London at Sussex, Edinburgh Napier University (Business School), University of Edinburgh (School of Economics), University of Leicester (Centre for Labour Market Studies) as well as international working experience at Regents Business School (London), Schiller International University (London), Amity Business School (India), and the University of Khartoum, (Sudan).
For more than 25 years, Allam has presented many keynotes and public speeches to a wide range of audience drawn from academic institutions, industries and international organisations from a broad range of backgrounds, post and undergraduate students, senior and middle management to government officials and trainees at all levels. He has also led seminars and workshops in science, technology and innovation; knowledge management; technology transfer and commercialisation; research and development (R&D); strategic planning; curriculum design and delivery of UK and overseas programmes; marketing; management; leadership development; etc. In 2018, together with Dr. Petru Dumitriu from the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), Allam jointly co-organised the UN Conference on ‘Public-private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Allam also collaborated with JIU on the UN project A.435 “Strengthening the policy research uptake in service of the 2030“aimed at reviewing the policy research uptake in service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For the first time in its 52 years of history, the UN is officially consulting the academics and researchers from all over the world on the policy research uptake in the United Nations. In 2019 Allam also organised jointly another conference with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) entitled “Making Science, Innovation and Research work for the Sustainable Development Goals”, hosted by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, UK. Furthermore, Allam has been collaborating in 2019 with the UN JIU to undertake a UN systemwide review of policies, programmed and platforms to support learning and enhance the adequacy of training policies in the UN.
In 2009 Allam was appointed to lead the Government of Abu Dhabi major and first of its kind in the Middle East Knowledge Management Framework (Musharaka). Musharaka aims to enable employees to acquire and share information and international best practices, create creative and up to date methods for communication, exchange of knowledge and experiences, promote their functional performance, increase their productivity and enhance their provided services. Therefore, enable employees to improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to residents.
Allam has also travelled and worked in almost all continents of the world including substantial experience in Africa, Middle East, North America and Europe. His professional experience include working with Marketing Data Basics, British Marketing Research Bureau International, New Generation Systems, Yuksel Insaat Saudia Company (KSA and Turkey); Middle East Office for Translation and Interpretation (KSA); and Director for Africa IAAS International.
He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WJSTSD); World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (WJEMSD); International Journal of Food, Nutrition and Public Health (IJFNPH); International Journal of Innovation and Knowledge Management in Middle East and North Africa (IJIKMMENA); and Middle East Journal of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Sustainable Development (MEJELSD). He is also the Editor of various book series: Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa (Palgrave MacMillan); World Sustainable Development Outlook (Routledge); Globalisation, Technology and Sustainable Development (Inderscience); and MENA Book Series (Routledge).
As an expert in the fields of knowledge management, technology transfer and management, public policy, sustainable development, leadership, marketing and public policy, Allam is regularly sought out as a consultant to regional and international organisations, including the World Bank, United Nations and European Commission. Expert Advisor to the European Commission on International Scientific Cooperation (2006-2008); International Co-ordinator UNESCO Chair on Transfer of Technology (UNESCOTT) (2008-2010); Advisor African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) (2011-2013); referee for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Dutch Research Council (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), Oxford University Press, World Food Programme, FAO and for various governments, in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
He also led seminars and workshops in sustainable development; knowledge management; technology transfer and commercialisation; strategic planning and leadership; curriculum design and delivery of UK and overseas programmes; marketing; management; leadership development; etc. His work featured and archived by major international institutions and top universities such as World Bank; United Nations; European Commission; UK Department for International Development (DFID); Government of St Lucia; World Food Programme, FAO; Imperial College London; Cambridge; Oxford; Princeton; Yale; Harvard; MIT; Stanford; Toronto; USA Congress; British Library; etc.
Allam’s main areas of research focus on: (a) the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in achieving sustainable development (SD). This covers topics relating to knowledge and technology transfer and management; productivity gap analysis and modelling; SD; industry and sustainability; achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and marketing and commercialisation of technological products and innovation and (b) globalisation and competitiveness. This cover topics relating to marketing; strategic management; entrepreneurship; and government macroeconomic policies. His work is distinctive within the wider academic community as it focuses on the poor (and some of the poorest) nations. This has led Allam into various collaborations with different distinguished scholars across the UK and the world and to various invitations to guest-edit journal special issues and to give keynote speeches at international conferences. Allam is a widely published author and academic. He has over 120 publications, including 30 books. His academic articles focus on knowledge and technology transfer and management, sustainable development, and sustainability marketing and policy. Allam serves on the editorial board for eight international journals in the topics of science and technology, knowledge management, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, management, strategy, and international business.
For more information about Allam visit his interactive CV section of this website or contact his PA Janet Snow ()
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