Global Knowledge Exchange Network, GKEN, is a non-profit organisation established in 2010. The organisation’s main goal is to create a scientific platform for Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia – academics, researchers and practitioners – in order to implement GKEN’s noble aim of improving the quality of higher education in Ethiopia and across Africa by facilitating knowledge exchange and sharing of experience amongst the scientific community.

Following the various Interdisciplinary Conferences & Workshops GKEN co-co-hosted in UK & in Ethiopia, we now plan to jointly co-host our 9th GKEN event with JU’s 10th Annual Research Conference in Jimma, Ethiopia. The event will jointly be hosted between the 16th and the 26th of April 2019 under the grand title of “Giving Value to Education & Research for Nation Building.”  Read more..


Amare Desta [PhD, MEd, MSc, LCGI, BSc (Hons)] is a Professor of Information & Knowledge Management. He earned his PhD & MSc in Information Systems from The London School of Economics (LSE) and Master of Education (MEd) degree from the University of Cambridge and BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science at ARU in Cambridge. Because of his passion for education and learning, he was chosen as one of the Five Most Outstanding Learners and awarded a certificate by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and received a Lifetime Achievement Award by Anglia Ruskin University in November 2018.

Prof. Amare is adept in utilising Information Communication Technology (ICT) to identify new opportunities for community outreach efforts AND actively engaged in researching knowledge/information management and Indigenous Knowledge & Communication.


Professor Brian Cox OBE, FRS is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and The Royal Society’s Professor for Public Engagement in Science. Widely recognised as one of Britain’s leading scientific presenters, Professor Cox has presented countless critically acclaimed science programmes, which have greatly publicised and boosted the popularity of science.

Professor Cox’s contributions to science have been recognised through a number of awards, including the Institute of Physics’ Kelvin Prize in 2010 and the Royal Society’s Michael Faraday Prize in 2012. Professor Cox has co-authored several books – such as Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos (2014) and Why Does E = mc2? (2009) – of which over a million have been sold worldwide.


Professor Fortune CBE, FRCP, FRS is Professor of Medicine at Queen Mary University, London. Her expertise is in curriculum development and quality assurance, both in the UK and abroad. Nationally and internationally, her strategic focus has been on widening access and increasing uptake into higher education and Professor Fortune has played a major role internationally in health and education initiatives, remaining committed to global collaboration to enhance health and education provision.

Professor Fortune’s current focus is on embedding health and education within the context of national and societal cultures and economics.