Shaping the future of Education via Digital Technology in Africa

10th GKEN Symposium – Virtual Event

 The year 2020 has been unprecedented, with Covid-19 and lockdowns occurring around the world and with the most unfortunate current situation in various parts of Ethiopia – in this challenging time we pray for Ethiopia and her people. We were therefore unable to host the 10th GKEN event as originally planned, but we are happy to inform you that we will be liaising with our partners in the coming year and will confirm the date and the time as soon as the event has been rescheduled for a later date. However, we would like to take this opportunity to wish the entire GKEN community a more peaceful and prosperous New Year!

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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.