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MEKEI runs regular conferences, workshops and various events on the key factors that are influencing innovation, change, leadership and knowledge management in the MENA region. Forthcoming events will include:

Conferences and Seminars
Countering Organised Crime and Terrorist Fundraising
Countering Organised Crime and Terrorist Fundraising
Two Days International Conference and Workshop
In partnership with the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Ahlia University Bahrain
2-3 July 2018
London, United Kingdom

RECENT EVENTS

Conferences and Seminars

Digital revolution, smart cities and performance improvement towards a sustainable knowledge-based inclusive development
Digital revolution, smart cities and performance improvement towards a sustainable knowledge-based inclusive development
Three Days International Conference
In partnership with the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Ahlia University Bahrain
25-27 April 2017
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Reconnecting Higher Education to the discourse of inclusive sustainable knowledge-based economy in the Arab Region
Reconnecting Higher Education to the discourse of inclusive sustainable knowledge-based economy in the Arab Region
The Keynote Seminar aims to critically discuss the future of higher education (HE) in the Arab countries towards achieving sustainable knowledge-based inclusive development in the region. The Keynote Seminar will therefore explore the role of academic and research institutions as recommended by the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 to enable countries in the region reap the digital benefits form the global growth in the digital economy particularly for the country’s Digital Natives (Youth). Moreover the Keynote Seminar also aims to discuss a range of questions relating to strengthening the linkages between universities and research institutions as well as reconnecting these institutions to the knowledge-based economy (KE) discourse by exploring the role of HE institutions in transforming the Arab countries into knowledge-based economies. In doing so, a number of issues relating to the role and relevance of HE institutions to the contemporary discourse of Arab countries’ sustainable inclusive knowledge-based development will be examined such as: what is the role of Arab’s HE institutions in supporting and enhancing the process of economic and social development in the region?; what are the major obstacles that HE institutions face in Arab countries?; are there governmental components to these? if so what?; are there societal components to these? if so what?; and how can these obstacles best be overcome? The Keynote Seminar brings together senior and high level intellectual and practice-based contributors who will help develop a framework for the analysis of the role of Arab HE institutions in achieving sustainable inclusive knowledge-based development and help policy-makers to constructs an “ideal role” for HE institutions in Arab countries and outlines how performance can be evaluated in pursuit of the goals of KE. 
One Day International Seminar In partnership with the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Sudan Knowledge
2 February 2017
London, United Kingdom
Sudan at a crossroads: towards a vision for the future & youth empowerment
Sudan at a crossroads: towards a vision for the future & youth empowerment
The main aim of this debate is to ensure Sudan is benefiting from its Diaspora (particularly youth) towards the vision for the future and involve them directly in formulating the objectives and desired outcomes of any policy, and the best means of achieving them in Sudan. Moreover the debate will also explore the role of the government, academic and research institutions as well as the private sector as recommended by the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 to enable Sudan reap the digital benefits form the global growth in the digital jobs and knowledge economy particularly for the country’s Digital Natives (Youth).
One Day International Seminar In partnership with the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Sudan Knowledge
14 January 2017
London, United Kingdom
Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise in a Multi-cultural World
Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise in a Multi-cultural World
One Day International Conference
In partnership with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY)
London, United Kingdom
UN International Day for Disaster Reduction: Building Youth Leadership
UN International Day for Disaster Reduction: Building Youth Leadership
One Day International Conference
In partnership with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY)
London, United Kingdom
Europe at a crossroads: the challenge for future sustainable development
Europe at a crossroads: the challenge for future sustainable development
Three Days International Conference
In partnership with the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)
London, United Kingdom
Towards a sustainable knowledge-based economy in the Middle East & North Africa
Towards a sustainable knowledge-based economy in the Middle East & North Africa
One Day International Conference
Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
Innovation and development: the role of human capital
Innovation and Development: the role of human capital
Ahlia University, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Building capacity for a sustainable knowledge-based economy in Sudan
Building capacity for a sustainable knowledge-based economy in Sudan
First Knowledge Economy Conference
Government of Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan
Under the patronage of his Excellency Mr. Elhaj Adam Yosef, Vice President of the Republic of Sudan.
3-4 June 2013, Khartoun, Sudan
SMART KM MODEL: the integrated knowledge management revolutionary approach for organisational excellence
SMART KM MODEL: the integrated knowledge management revolutionary approach for organisational excellence
The seminar aims to introduce the newly developed Knowledge Management Model (SMART KM) which presents a unique integrated solution for the highly debated subject. SMART KM ensures that knowledge management becomes part of the organisational culture through the appropriate integration with number of organisation facets such as strategy, management systems, ICT and support services. SMART KM is a revolutionary model being driven by best-in-class KM practices from a number of industries in addition to well-founded theories. The framework contain number of business components which supports knowledge flow throughout the organisations which can be tailored to achieve the organisation specific goals and objectives in alignment with the adopted operating model. Throughout the seminar, number of key issues facing organisations in implementing KM initiatives will be introduced and you would also be able to realise the design principles supporting SMART KM and how it can be used to develop fit-for-purpose KM Framework.
17 January 2014
Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
International Best Practices of Business Incubators: The Roadmap for the Arab Countries
International Best Practices of Business Incubators: The Roadmap for the Arab Countries
This presentation argues the case for more business incubators in the Arab countries to support diversifying their economies, the commercialization of new technologies, job creation and wealth building. In the presentation, the speakers will introduce their recent research project/book focusing on business incubators in developed and developing countries. The book describes and compares key indicators of incubation best practices worldwide to identify the strengths and weaknesses of business incubators models around the world. In doing so the research uses successful international case studies based on models in developed and developing countries. The data was mainly collected by survey, semi-structured interviews and organizational documents from each case study. Finally the presentation will provide a roadmap for the development of new economies based on technology, as well as value added in technology transfer, innovation development, and an entrepreneurial climate.
19 November 2013
Brighton Business School (BBS), University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
Strategic Planning in Public Sector: Lessons Learned from Al Ain Municipality (UAE)
Strategic Planning in Public Sector: Lessons Learned from Al Ain Municipality (UAE)
Strategic planning division at Al Ain Municipality (AAM) established on 2008 to develop strategic plans for AAM and ensure full alignment with Abu Dhabi Government strategy. This seminar will present a collective lessons learned session to share practical knowledge and experience on establishing a strategic planning unit in a government entity. The seminar will help new strategic planners in other government entities to overcome some obstacles they may face as well as help strategic planners in private sector to understand their government partners.
10 October 2013
Brighton Business School (BBS), University of Brighton, Brighton, UK

Workshops and Training
Smart Cities and Urban Planning
Smart Cities and Urban Planning
This workshop has been designed to introduce the principles of Smart City design and urban planning in the MENA Region. The aim is to develop the essential skills and competencies necessary for decision makers to  plan, identify and examine the objectives, advantages, drawbacks, models, stages and requirements of Smart City Urban Planning Sustainable framework. The workshop aims to enable municipalities, private sectors, non-profit organizations, and representative from science and academia to develop strategies for making our cities smarter, and accommodate the cultural dimensions of our societies. At the end of the workshop, the attendees should be able to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience about how to construct cities adopting smart growth principles, effective urban planning models, ICTs and low carbon energy systems.
23-24 April 2017
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Knowledge Management: concepts, process and technology
Knowledge Management: concepts, process and technology
This workshop has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on knowledge management (KM) in the public and private sectors. The workshop aims to enable knowledge managers, analysts and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose KM Framework to their organisations. At the end of the course attendees should be able to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience about KM best-in-class methodology and technology in alignment with the local needs and capabilities. Moreover, after competition of the course, attendees to write a report, supported by the tutor, of what they have learnt and what is particularly relevant to their employers. A focus to be one aspect of the course which has implications for the way they will improve their professional practice when they return to their employers. This will help reassure the employers of the benefits of the programme and help consolidate the understanding of the manager.
23-24 April 2017
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Game-Based Learning: disruptive approaches to education, learning, training, and development
Game-Based Learning: disruptive approaches to education, learning, training, and development
Game-based Learning (GBL) emerged on the academic and enterprise scene in the late 1990s. GBL encompasses fun, engagement, serious learning, and interactive entertainment. Game-Based Learning is often considered a disruptive learning approach and is founded upon two key premises that are emerging within the fields of education, learning, training and development (LTD): Learning engagement is being transformed by significant changes in education and training; and Generation X, Y, and Z have grown up with critical and deep computer and video games experience.
17-19 April 2017
London, United Kingdom

Leadership, investment promotion and entrepreneurship development: concepts, strategy and practice
Leadership, Investment promotion and entrepreneurship development: concepts, strategy and practice
This three-day executive workshop provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the investment environment in which your organizations are operating, whether public or private. It will also assist you to identify and apply a range of measures in order to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of your institution. The workshop involves an introduction to the driving forces of foreign direct investment and the current trends; the characteristics of a sound investment environment; investment promotion policies, and in particular the role of investment promotion agencies; best practices in investment promotion as well as enterprise development policies, principles and operations.
Executive leadership and knowledge management for Women Police Officers
Executive leadership and knowledge management for Women Police Officers
This five-day course has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on executive leadership and knowledge management (KM) in the public sector with special focus on Women Police Officers. The course aims to enable leaders and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose leadership styles and KM approaches to their organisations.
Knowledge Management and Leadership
Knowledge Management and Leadership
This four-day course has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on knowledge management (KM) and leadership in the public and private sector.

Executive Leadership: concepts, skills and practice
Executive Leadership: concepts, skills and practice
This three-day course has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on leadership in the public and private sector. The course aims to enable leaders and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose leadership styles and approaches to their organisations.
Strategic Management and Planning
Strategic management and planning
This three-day course is intended to provide you with a global perspective and understanding of strategic management as a context for domestic and international operations. The aims are to develop an understanding of the different approaches to strategy; how choices are made between different possible approaches; the content in which choices are made; and how strategies and structures are designed and implemented. The course aims to enable leaders and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose strategy and plan effectively for their organisations.
Investment Promotion: concepts, strategy and practice
Investment Promotion: concepts, strategy and practice
This three-day course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to give you the ability to assess the investment environment in which your institution is operating, whether public or private. It will also assist you to identify and apply a range of measures in order to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of your institution. The course involves an introduction to the driving forces of foreign direct investment and the current trends; the characteristics of a sound investment environment; investment promotion policies, and in particular the role of investment promotion agencies; best practices in investment promotion will be illustrated by case studies. After completion of the course, attendees are to write a report, supported by the tutor, of what they have learnt and what is particularly relevant to their employers. The focus of this will be on the way they will improve their professional practice when they return to their employers. This will help reassure the employers of the benefits of the programme and help consolidate understanding.
Knowledge Management: concepts, process and technology
Knowledge Management: concepts, process and technology
This four-day course has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on knowledge management (KM) in the public and private sectors. The course aims to enable knowledge managers, analysts and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose KM Framework to their organisations.
Change Management
Change Management
A Personal Development Workshop
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Keynote Presentations and Talks
World Bank Conference on Digital Technologies in the Mediterranean
Digital Technologies at the service of economic development in the Mediterranean
Keynote talk at the World Bank Conference on Digital Technologies at the service of economic development in the Mediterranean
4 November 2016
Marseille, France
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Municipality Excellence and Expansion Summit
Municipality Excellence and Expansion Summit
Keynote talk at the Government of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs
Municipality Excellence & Expansion Summit “Transforming municipalities through project information and performance management”
5-6 October 2016
Burj Rafal Kempinski Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TEDx Khartoum Knowledge Into Action
Knowledge Into Action
Keynote Speech “Knowledge Into Action”, TEDx Khartoum
11 May 2013
Khartoum, Sudan
Alzaytoona University Human capital in a knowledge economy conference
Human capital in a knowledge economy conference
Alzaytoona University
Amman, Jordan
Advice and consultation
Ask the experts about your future degree!
Ask the experts about your future degree!
An open day to answer all your queries about applying for MSc, MBA and PhD degrees at the University of Brighton, UK.
Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi