This report is from a research work interested in the development of knowledge exchange between African Scholars in Africa and African Scholars and friends of Africa in the diaspora and; in addressing problems regarding postgraduate studies, research and the shortage of qualified academic staff. The long-term objective of Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) is, therefore, to coordinate and channel the resources, expertise and creativity of Africans in the Diaspora. The diaspora initiatives have long been recognised by the African Union which started with its official designation as the “Sixth Region” of the African Union, alongside North, South, East, West and Central Africa in 2003. Furthermore, considerations related to Diaspora engagement are woven throughout the African Union’s various programmes. GKEN’s ultimate aim is to create appropriate knowledge exchange and experience sharing model of African Doctoral and Masters Academic Society (ADMAS) that will have the capacity not only to help improve the quality of education but also create an impact that will drive better socio-economic competitiveness of Africa. We urge other academic networks to adapt this development model in sister African Nations.
Amare Desta (PhD, MEd, MSC, LCGI, BSc (Hons) is a Professor of Information & Knowledge Management with history of working in the UK higher education industry for more than 20 years. Currently he is a Programme Manager of DBA at the UWTSD in London. He is a Co-founder & Chair of GKEN and a Director of EDMA.
Edwards A. Alademerin (PhD, M.Ed, BSc (Hons) is presently a Professor of Agricultural Education at the University of Eswatini, in Southern Africa. He had been Head of Department, Deputy Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship and Vocational Studies and also Director, Centre for Human Rights and Gender Education at Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria.
Elfneh Bariso (PhD, MSc, MA, PGDMgt, PGCE, BA) has MSc in African Studies, MA in Teaching English and a PhD in Lifelong Learning and new technologies from University of London. He has a diverse academic background. He is an experienced researcher, lecturer, manager, trainer and a charity worker. He is a journal editor and also a reviewer for different journals.
Hallu Hagos (PhD, MSc, BA) started his own charitable organisation – WHEAT Mentor Support Trust in 1996. Prior to this, he was with the Ethiopian Management Institute. His PhD degree is in Human Resources and Education from the University of Manchester. He worked at UK Refugee Council, Workforce Academy, Time Bank, Haringey Refugee Consortium among others.
Kaolat O. Odunalke (PhD, MBA B.Sc (Ed)) studied Business Education up to PhD level. She retired as a Senior Lecturer at Tai Solarin University of Education in Nigeria. She served as a Sub-Dean, Head of Department of Business Education, Deputy Director Part-Time programmes and Director, Distance Learning Programme. Her interests are Entrepreneurial Education, Poverty Alleviation and Women Empowerment.