SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit


PhD MSc BSc (Hons) FAWB FCIM Chartered Marketer
(Latest Book: 2017) Managing knowledge and innovation for business sustainability in Africa". Palgrave Macmillan, London: UK
Allam joint SPRU in 2004 and in 2006 he established and led the postgraduate programme MSc International Management. Allam is the Founding President of World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and all its journal; Founding Director of Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), and the Founder of Sudan Knowledge. In 2009 Allam led the Government of Abu Dhabi major and first of its kind in the Middle East Knowledge Management Framework (Musharaka). His work featured and archived by major international institutions and top universities such as World BankUnited Nations; European CommissionFinland Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Swiss Government; UK Department for International Development (DFID); Governmnet of St Lucia; World Food Programme, FAOImperial College London; Cambridge; JönköpingOxfordPrinceton; Yale; Harvard; MIT; Stanford; Toronto; USA Congress; British Library; etc. Expert Advisor to the European Commission on International Scientific Cooperation (2006-2008); International Co-ordinator UNESCO Chair on Transfer of Technology (UNESCOTT) (2008-2010); and Advisor African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) (2011-2013).
Allam completed his Ph.D. in Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Development in two years and 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 the recipient of the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) (first agricultural college in the English speaking world) Scholarship and Prestigious Book Prize for Best MSc/MBA Dissertation. 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 2009-2016WHO'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. His 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 the Founding Editor-in-Chief of World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WJSTSD)World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (WJEMSD); the Editor Book Series: Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa; World Sustainable Development OutlookGlobalisation, Technology and Sustainable Development; and MENA Book Series. Editor of various special issues including "Gamification, serious games, simulations, and immersive learning environments in knowledge management initiatives" (2017); ACBF 20th Anniversary Summit of ACBF (2011) “The Future of Africa is Now! The Critical Role of Capacity Development”; World Bank /GDN/ACBF conference (2007) “Knowledge Management as Enabler of Change and Innovation in Africa”; “Africa Can Escape Poverty" (2005) and “Technological Transformation and Sustainable Development in Africa” (2004).  
Allam has consulted 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 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. 
For more than 20 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. Examples of some talks include: the World Bank conference on Digital technologies at the service of economic development in the Mediterranean, Marseille, France 4th November 2016; United Nations Global Forum 2010 on ICT “MDGs: Moving from Advocacy to Actions” (Abu Dhabi, UAE 2010);World Bank Conference on “Practicing Agricultural Innovation in Africa: A Platform for Action” (Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania 2008)EU Symposium on Development Studies jointly organised by EADI and UNESCO/ UniPID (Helsinki, Finland 2007)University of Cambridge Triple Helix Lecture Series “Would you prefer a mobile phone of a toilet?” (Cambridge, UK 2009)Imperial College International Development Conference “Making science and technology work for international development: key policy issues” (London, UK 2013)Jönköping University 3rd Workshop on "Diaspora/Home region Enterprise for wealth creation in diasporas' host and home regions” (Jönköping, Sweden 2010)3rd Ugandan UK Trade and Investment Forum (London, UK 2013); etc. You can watch videos of some talks and interviews below. 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 and check my contact details above.
Sudan TV  
Brain Drain and Knowledge Transfer
Associated Press 
Knowledge Economy in Arab Countries
Abu Dhabi TV
Managing Knowledge and Innovation in the 21st Century and the Roadmap to Sustainability in the Arab Countries
Kuwait TV
KM Lessons Learned for the Arab Countries
Saudi Arabia TV
Role of human capital in innovation and development
Alshorooq TV Dubai 
Implementing Knowledge Management in Arab Countries and Sudan
Bahrain Interview 
Impact of Global Financial Crisis on Sustainable Development
United Nations Global Forum on ICT 
MDGs: Moving from advocay to actions
Lancaster Friends of Africa Conference 
Africa: Challenges - Opportunities - Policies 
Ugandan Convention 
Key Lessons for Promoting Investment in Africa 
Understanding Knowledge Management
Sussex University One World Talk 
Knowledge is the key for achieving sustainable development: ideas for the youth
Government of Abu Dhabi
Knowledge Management Framework (Musharaka) 


School Investigating Officer (2013-)

Founding Director - MSc International Management (2006-2010)

Admission Tutor for Business Studies (2004-2005)


Community and Business

(2000/01) President- Sudanese Community in Scotland, Edinburgh: UK
(2003-04) Member- Circle 33 Housing Association, London: UK
(1996-99) Member- Victoria Overseas League, Edinburgh: UK
(1996-97) Volunteer- Third World First (OXFAM), Oxford: UK
(1998-99) Volunteer- Leukaemia and Cancer Children’s Fund, Edinburgh: UK
(1996-97) Volunteer- Cirencester Life Style, Cirencester: England