Dr Amare Desta

Dr Amare Desta LCGI, BSc (Hons), MSc, MEd, PhD

  • Programme Manager for DBA Part I
  • Senior Lecturer

E-mail: a.desta@uwtsd.ac.uk

Role in the University

  • Programme Manager for Part I of the Doctor of Business Administration programme
  • Lecturer

Background

Amare earned his PhD in Information Systems and his MSc in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics (LSE) and MEd (Master of Education) from the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, he completed his BSc (Hons) in Computer science from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge.

Because of his passion for education and his various scholarly activities, Amare was chosen as one of the Five Most Outstanding Learners in the East Anglia region and awarded a certificate by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award by Anglia Ruskin University in November 2018.

After having worked as a research associate for University of Cambridge & Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London for over 10 years, he moved into higher education teaching in the year 2000.

Member of

• UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS);
• International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA) (Committee Member)
• British Educational Research Association (BERA)
• Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) (Chair)

Academic Interests

Amare academic interests include:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Managing in Complex Environments - Strategies, Insights, and Solutions
  • Strategic Change and Organisations
  • Developing Innovation and Creativity for Business Advantage

Research Interests

Amare’s research interests include knowledge management & communication; application of ICT in the wider socio-economic development and social impact of ICT and principles of eBusiness & eCommerce.

Enterprise, Commercial & Consultancy Activities

Amare is adept in utilising Information Communication Technology (ICT) to identify new opportunities for business and the wider community outreach efforts. As a Co-founder & Chair of GKEN (Global Knowledge Exchange Network), Amare is dedicated to helping improve the quality of education in Africa.

He is leading 110+ professional volunteers to help to imbue the future generation of African Scholars – currently co-supervising & mentoring more than 200 PhD & MSc students in Ethiopia.

Currently, he is also actively engaged to find ways how to:

  • Popularise Science in Africa;
  • Give Voice to Values of Education & Research;
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities for inclusive innovation & sustainable development and;
    Unlock the potential: The challenges of communicating and exchanging knowledge.

Publications

Books:

Desta, A., Mengesha, M., Muchie, M. (2016) Putting Knowledge To Work: From Knowledge Transfer to Knowledge Exchange, Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN: 978-1-5690248-0-5 (423 pages)

Muchie, M., Desta, A., Mengesha, M. (2016) Science, Technology and Innovation: For Sustainable Future in the Global South, Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN: 978-1-5690243-9-3 (342 pages)

Book chapters:

Desta, A. (2016) Exploring the extent of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in
supporting pedagogical practices in developing countries pp 117-129 (2016); Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA

Desta, A. (2016) Indigenous Knowledge in the Context of Natural Resource Management: An Information Systems Perspective pp 13-38 (2016); Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA.

Desta, A; & Muchie, M, (2016) Comprehending Globalization and Local Development (Africa
World Press) pp 166–180 (2016); Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA.

Papers published/submitted/presented:

1. AbouGrad, H., Warwick, J. and Desta, A. (2019) Developing the Business Process Management Performance of an Information System Using the Delphi Study Technique, in: Reyes-Munoz, A., Zheng, P., Crawford, D., and Callaghan, V. (eds.) EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering (LNEE) book series, Volume 532. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 195–210. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-02242-6_15.

2. Aneke, S., Bakht, H., & Desta, A. (2018) The Use of UTAUT model in the Adoption of e-Government Services in Nigeria (Paper accepted at International Conference on Innovation and Intelligence for Informatics, Computing, and Technologies (3ICT)

3. Desta, A. (2018) The challenges of knowledge Exchange & Communication (2018) (Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on 11–15th of Dec 2017, Jimma University, Ethiopia

4. AbouGrad, H., Warwick, J. & Desta, A. (2017) Developing The Business Process Management Performance of an Information System using Delphi Study Technique (Paper accepted for International Conference on Decision Engineering, Data and Information (ICDEDI 2017)

5. Desta, A. (2016) Comprehending ICTs’ impact on Small & Medium Sized Enterprises in UK (Paper presented at first joint conference between London South Bank University and British University in Egypt in Cyprus Jan 2016).

6. Desta, A. (2016) Understanding e-government: complexities, opportunities & challenges (Paper submitted to the 9th International Conference on African Development (ICAD) Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

7. Desta, A. (2016) Bridging the digital divide between “information haves & have-nots” via appropriate technology (Paper submitted to the 9th International Conference on African Development (ICAD) Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

8. Desta, A. (2015) Technology-enhanced learning and teaching in higher education (Paper presented at an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on the 14th / 15th of Dec. 2015 at Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia).

9. Desta, A. (2015) Comprehending the modernist view of knowledge and communication (paper presented at an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference to be held on the 14th / 15th of Dec. 2015 at Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia).

10. Desta, A. (2014) The Challenge of Meeting Human Development Needs: The Case of Managing Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development (Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on the 6th / 7th of Dec. 2014 at Queen Mary University of London)

11. Heaven, K,. Desta, A. & Jimma, W. (2014) Investigate, Capture and Codify Indigenous Knowledge Practices to Manage and Conserve Wild Coffee Forest: The Case of Kafa Zone In Ethiopia (Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on the 6th / 7th of Dec. 2014 at Queen Mary University of London)

12. Tilahun, B., Desta, A. & Jimma, W. (2014) Assessment and Development of Indigenous Knowledge Information System for Land Use, Conservation and Natural Resources Management of Rural Communities in Ethiopia (Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on the 6th / 7th of Dec. 2014 at Queen Mary University of London)

13. Desta, A. (2014) Comprehending innovation between indigenous and scientific knowledge. (Paper submitted to the 12th GLOBELICS (Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence building Systems) conference http://www.globelics.org/.

14. Desta, A. (2013) Understanding how people view and construct knowledge matters (Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on the 23rd / 24th of Nov. 2013 at London South Bank University)

15. Desta, A. (2013) Comparing knowledge bases: on the geography and organization of knowledge sourcing in the regional innovation system of SSA Nations (Paper submitted & presented to a Focus Group Seminar Serious at the London South Bank University)

16. Desta, A. (2013) Information Revolution and Africa’s information development (Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on the 23rd / 24th of Nov. 2013 at London South Bank University)

17. Desta, A. (2013) Knowledge management: does capture impede creation? Discussion paper (Paper submitted to a Focus Group Seminar Serious at the London South Bank University)

18. Bekele, R. & Desta, A. (2013) Promoting collaborative research between Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia communities (Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on the 23rd / 24th of Nov. 2013 at London South Bank University)

19. Muchie, A., Muchie, M. & Desta, A. (2013) From knowledge/technology transfer to innovating new approaches for knowledge exchange and circulation (Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held on the 23rd / 24th of Nov. 2013 at London South Bank University)

20. Desta, A. (2012) Indigenousness and its relevance for contemporary society (Paper presented to Centre for International Business Studies (CIBS) Seminar Serious at London South Bank University)

21. Desta, A. (2012) Investigating the appropriateness of ICT for sustainable development: The case of reating GIS & indigenous knowledge for natural resource management (NRM) (paper submitted to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held 8th & 9th of Dec. 2012 at London South Bank University)

22. Desta, A., & Muchie, M. (2012) Comprehending Globalization and Local Development, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID)

23. Desta, A., & Bariso, E.U. (2012) Knowledge Exchange and E-Learning Programme (KEEP): Tackling The Divides (Discussion Paper presented to an International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held 8th & 9th of Dec. 2012 at London South Bank University)

24. Muchie, M., Desta, A. & Teshome, H. (2012) Redress the knowledge of Ethiopia with epistemic & testimonial justice (Paper submitted to an International Multidisciplinary Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held 8th & 9th of Dec. 2012 at London South Bank University

25. Desta, A. (2012) Impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), on Development: How can Sub-Saharan African countries harness ICT for their Development Programme? (Paper submitted & presented to a “Focus Group Seminar Serious at the London South Bank University”)

26. Desta, A. (2012) Social capital investment, challenges and retention: The case of Sub-Saharan Africa Diasporas. (Special Issue on the African Diaspora) Vol 4 No 1 (2011); Ethiopian electronic Journal on Research and Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF)

27. Desta, A. (2011) Exploring the alternative ways of presenting the discourse and practice of Sub-Saharan African development. (Paper submitted & presented to a Focus Group Seminar” “Focus Group Seminar Serious at the London South Bank University)

28. Desta, A. (2011) Understanding the challenges of knowledge and technology management In developing countries (Paper submitted to an International Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference held 17th/ 18th of Sept. 2011 at London South Bank University) (LSBU)

29. Desta, A. (2011) Investigating the role and extent of pedagogical practices with ICT in developing countries: A case study of two universities in Ethiopia. Thesis submitted as part of Master of Education (MEd) thesis course to the University of Cambridge.

30. Desta, A., & Mengesha, M. (2011) Special Issue on Knowledge Exchange (Vol 3, No 2 (2011); Ethiopian electronic Journal on Research and Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF) www.nesglobal.org/eejrif4

31. Desta, A., & Smithson, S. (2010) Indigenous knowledge in the context of Natural Resources Management: an information systems perspective, paper submitted and presented to UKAIS Annual Conference 2010, University of Oxford. http://aisel.aisnet.org/ukais2010/16/

32. Desta, A. Unlocking the channel of tacit knowledge transfer (Paper submitted & presented to a Focus Group Seminar” on knowledge management at the London South Bank University

33. Desta, A. (2010) Exploring the extent of ICT in Developing Countries pedagogical practices. Electronic Journal on Research and Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF)

Additional Information

As GKEN chair, Amare has coordinated and chaired the following NIGHT multidisciplinary knowledge exchange conferences at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) at London South Bank University and at Queen Mary of London and most) under the themes of:

1) Giving Voice to Values of Education & Research for Nation Building – (April 2019)
2) Popularising Science in Africa (Where Prof. Brain Cox was the Keynote Speaker) – (Dec 2018)
3) Accelerating Educational Excellence & Public Health Provision in Africa – (Dec 2017)
4) Exploring opportunities for professional and personal development needs in Africa – (Dec 2016)
5) Connecting “Knowledge and Innovation (K&I) – (Dec 2015)
6) Exploring the role of Education or Health nodes in Creating a Sustainable Future – (Dec 2014)
7) Exploring the challenge and opportunities for inclusive innovation and sustainable development – (Nov 2013)
8) From indigenous knowledge to innovations and development in low-income countries – (Dec 2012)
9) Unlocking the potential: The challenges of communicating and exchanging knowledge – (Sept 2011)

Guest / Public Lecture:
• Global Networks & Innovation at International Leadership Institute, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
• Putting Knowledge to Work: The challenge for Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies Centre (SOAS), University of London
• Strategic value of IT in different organisational forms & sectors at Informatics Department, LSBU
• The Processes and the Challenges to be addressed in PhD Research at Jimma University, Ethiopia
• The role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in contemporary society at University College London (UCL) Development Planning Unit
• The challenges of establishing National Systems of Innovation (NSI) in Sub-Saharan Africa at SOAS, University of London (The School of Oriental and African Studies Centre)
• ICT Adoption and usage in Developing Countries at Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, London
• ICT and e-business: what Developing Countries stand to gain? at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Keynote Speech:
Title: The role of ICT technology in Gender Equality for Development and Nation Building
Venue: 7th Annual Research Conference, Jimma University, Ethiopia, March 2016

Title: Whose knowledge and imagination matters?
Venue: Afro-Caribbean community Centre, Leyton, London

Title: Why the victory of Adwa was a fundamental turning point in African history
Venue: Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, London

External Examiner:
Amare is also an external examiner at:
• the London School of Economics (LSE) and; 
• the University of West Indies Graduate Business School
• Jimma University, Jimma Ethiopia

Additional:
• School Governor at our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in Sidcup, Kent
• Associate Editor of African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID);