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Institute of Dentistry - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Allam Ahmed


Professor of Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development President World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) Senior Policy Fellow Global Policy Institute Honorary Professor Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Centre: Centre of Immunology and Regenerative Medicine

Telephone: +44 (0) 7772851284


Professor Ahmed is a Professor of Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development.

Awards & Positions held

Founding President of World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) (2003); Founding Director of SDGs Universities International Initiative (SDGsUNI) (2020) Founding Director of Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI) (2012); Founder, in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on Transfer of Technology, the International Diaspora Initiative/Sudan Knowledge (SK) (2008);

Senior Policy Fellow Queen Mary University of London Global Policy Institute (QMGPI)

Fellow (FCIM) and Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK

Royal Agricultural University (RAU) Scholarship and Prestigious Book Prize for Best MSc/MBA Dissertation.

A Review of Learning Theories and Models Underpinning Technology-Enhanced Learning Artefact won an award for Outstanding Paper in the 2021 Emerald Literati Awards.


Professor Ahmed completed his Ph.D. in Economics in two years at Edinburgh Napier University

 Prior to QMGPI, he spent 15 years (2004-2019) at the University of Sussex, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) (1st science and policy think tank in the UK) where he established and led Sussex’s most successful postgraduate programme MSc International Management.

In the period 2009-2011, Professor Ahmed led the Government of Abu Dhabi in Knowledge Management Framework (Musharaka)

Has played an active leadership advisory role for several major public and private institutions.

Having worked in the field of international engagement and leadership in Higher Education Institutes for almost 25 years, Professor Ahmed is considered to be a transformative leader with a track record and repute in the UK and across the world particularly Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Strategic focus  

Provide consistent and consolidated advice to the Commission services regarding the “Activities of International Cooperation” of the Capacities Specific Programme.  Advise the Commission on strategy, relevant objectives and scientific and technological priorities, and the topics on which proposals are to be invited.  Provide an overview and advice on international cooperation across the whole FP7 and work to enrich deliberations on “specific cooperation actions with third countries” of the Cooperation Programme.  More specifically, among others advise on what the interactions should be between the Capacities programme and the themes in the Cooperation programme in terms of “Specific co-operation actions”.   Provide suggestions regarding policy issues relevant to international cooperation in the Capacities programme. Provide a written input to the Commission on a yearly basis, to use in the preparation of the annual work programme


Research Interests:

The role of science, technology and innovation in achieving sustainable development (SD) with topics relating to public health; nutrition and food; digital transformation (DT); knowledge management (KM); Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D); Artificial Intelligence (AI); Data Science (DS)

Globalisation and competitiveness. This covers topics relating to strategic management; leadership; government macroeconomic and public policies; entrepreneurship; marketing and commercialisation of technological products and innovation; knowledge and technology transfer and management; productivity gap analysis and modelling; SD; industry and sustainability; and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Professor Ahmed is published widely covering various disciplines and has produced more than 120 publications, including 39 books and numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals, books, conferences proceedings and working papers all rated as world leading and internationally recognised.

Josephine Anne Stein, Allam Ahmed. The European Union as a Model of International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 9(4), 654-669, Blackwell, UK (2007)

Publish Year: 2007

Editor Allam Ahmed.  Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century. ISBN 9781906093020. Published October 1, 2007 by Routledge

Allam Ahmed, George Siantonas, Nicholas Siantonas. The 13 Key Performance Indicators for Highly Effective Teams. ISBN 9781351280044.  Published 2008 by Routledge

Rawad Hammad, Zaheer Khan, Fadi Safieddine, Allam Ahmed. A Review of Learning Theories and Models Underpinning Technology-Enhanced Learning Artefact won an award for Outstanding Paper in the 2021 Emerald Literati Awards.  ISSN: 2042-5945. Article publication date: 19 October 2020.  Issue publication date: 2 December 2020

Allam Ahmed. Challenges of Agricultural Technology Transfer and Productivity Increase in the SudanISSN: 1468-4322 eISSN: 1741-5292. Published online 1st September, 2004


Professor Ahmed is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of 10 international refereed journals:

World Journal of Science

Technology and Sustainable Development

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development.

International Journal of Food, Nutrition and Public Health (IJFNPH)

International Journal of Innovation and Knowledge Management in Middle East and North Africa

International Journal of Sudan Research.


He is also the Editor of Book Series:

World Sustainable Development Outlook; Globalization, Technology and Sustainable Development; Middle East & North Africa; and Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa.

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