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Dr Allam Ahmed

Post:Senior Lecturer (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876583
International:+44 1273 876583

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PhD MBA/MSc BSc (Hons) FCIM Chartered Marketer

Allam completed his Ph.D. in Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Development in two years at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. He obtained his MSc/MBA from the Royal Agricultural University, UK and awarded the RAC Scholarship and Prestigious Book Prize for Best MSc/MBA Dissertation. He is a Fellow and Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He is also 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, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, WHO'S WHO IN FINANCE and BUSINESS 2009/2010 and WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA 2012 published by Marquis Who’s Who, USA.

United Nations Keynote

Allam is based at the Science and Technology Policy Research - SPRU, where he established and led the postgraduate programme MSc International Management. He is also a Visiting Professor and Director of the Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), University of Brighton Business School. He has also been fortunate enough to have a wide variety of teaching experiences prior to the University of Sussex at the University of East London (Business School), 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).

Kuwait TV Interview

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. 

Abu Dhabi TV Interview

Allam has travelled and worked in almost all continents of the world including substantial experience in Africa, Middle East and Europe. He worked as kitchen porter and pizza delivery in Edinburgh while completing his Ph.D. and his professional experience include working with Marketing Data Basics, British Marketing Research Bureau International, New Generation Systems, Yuksel Insaat Saudia Company (KSA and Turkey) and Middle East Office for Translation and Interpretation (KSA).

Saudi Arabia TV Interview


Allam is the Founding President of World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD); Founder of Sudan Knowledge (SK); Expert Advisor to the European Commission on International Scientific Cooperation; International Co-ordinator UNESCO Chair on Transfer of Technology (UNESCOTT) and has worked extensively for the World Bank, UN, European Union, referee for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Dutch Research Council (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), World Food Programme, FAOOxford University Press and for various governments, in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

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 International Journal of Sudan Research (IJSR). He is also the Editor Book Series: World Sustainable Development Outlook; Globalisation, Technology and Sustainable Development; and Africa Book Series.

For more than 18 years, Allam has presented many keynote 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 under-graduate students, senior and middle management to government officials and trainees at all levels. He has also led seminars and workshops in knowledge management; technology transfer and commercialisation; strategic planning; curriculum design and delivery of UK and overseas programmes; marketing; management; leadership development; etc.  

If you have any media/press inquiries or looking for an expert comment on a particular subject please visit Allam Personal Website for more details.


Director - MSc International Management (2006-2010)

IM is one of the most successful MSc programmes run by SPRU and the University of Sussex. Through the staff in the Teaching Office, I oversee the day-to-day administration of the programme, in particular, the organisation of the teaching content of the programme, appointing examiners for assessed work and supervisors for dissertations, monitoring student progress and advising those students in academic difficulties. I have also managed to orient students towards the subject of the interfaces and linkages between business, management and marketing from the perspective of very low and low income countries' - an important area which tends to be poorly covered in other MSc Marketing and Management programmes. Moreover I have managed to ensure that the latest research on these subjects by my colleagues, myself and other academics (including green marketing and sustainable approaches to development) feeds directly into to my teaching of students in order to enliven and enrich the students' learning experience.

Admission Tutor for Business Studies (2004-2005)

Committee Memberships:

  • Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Curriculum Design Committee
  • Examination Board
  • Student Support and Development Committee
  • Marketing and Future Teaching Strategies Committee
  • Equality and Diversity Committee