Middle East and North Africa

Series Editor: Dr Allam Ahmed, University of Sussex, UK and Founding President of the World Association for Sustainable Development
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Many consider the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as one of the most important emerging parts of the world economy in the 21st century. MENA is also strategically vital as it produces the majority of the world's oil. However, most MENA countries score relatively low on the Human Development Index (HDI) world ranking, with GDP, productivity and investment rates well below the global average. It is, therefore, becoming widely accepted that the dominant economic model of the region, based on the public sector, oil incomes and workers remittances, is not up to the challenges of modern globalization and the needs of advanced knowledge-based societies.

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Given the apparently contradictory needs of economic growth and environmental conservation, it comes as no surprise that knowledge management (KM), innovation and sustainable development (SD) have had such a powerful influence in contemporary discussions on the future of the region.

The Middle East and North Africa book series acts as a forum to provide senior academics and leading scholars, government and policy-makers, business professionals (individuals and corporations) and society at large with the best available knowledge essential for achieving SD.

Proposals to the Middle East and North Africa Book Series are welcome. Proposals should reflect at least one of the following five core themes which are of vital importance to the region:

  1. Transforming the oil-based economy to a diverse knowledge-intensive economy based on innovation: learning from best practices; lessons from other nations; future policies in the region.
  2. Managing change and innovation in business: strategic innovation models; managing change; strategies for the future; international lessons.
  3. Building a sustainable environmental future: environmental audit; best practices in the region; policies for business and government; lessons from abroad.
  4. Human resources for the knowledge economy: assessing current transformation practices; identifying best practice examples; building local competences in innovation and leadership.
  5. Evidence-based policy and business development: capability building in policy making and in business; assessing business leadership in the region; creating the new generation of Middle Eastern and North African business leaders.


 To submit a proposal to the Middle East and North Africa Book Series, please download and complete a new book proposal form.

Please address proposals to:

Series Editor Allam Ahmed (WASD@sussex.ac.uk)

For more information on publishing with Greenleaf Publishing and general author guidelines, please visit our author services page. Please do not hesitate to contact the Publisher and Series Editor if you need more specific guidance, or if you would like to discuss a proposal with us.


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Dr Allam Ahmed is the Founding President of World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD), Founding Director of Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), and the Founder of Sudan Knowledge. He has been an Advisor to the European Commission on International Scientific Cooperation (2006-2008), International Co-ordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Transfer of Technology (UNESCOTT) (2008-2010) and Advisor to the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) (2011-2013). He has published extensively in journals and books.