Biography Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Prof KahVICE CHANCELLOR & PROFESSOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS THE UNIVERSITY OF THE GAMBIA & OVERSEER OF THE GAMBIA COLLEGE

Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah is the current Vice Chancellor and Professor of Information Technology & Communications at The University of The Gambia. Prof.Kah is also the overseer of The Gambia College (The Teachers College of The Gambia). He has been recently appointed as the Vice Chairman of the National Committee on Science, Technology & Innovation by the President of The Gambia. Prof Kah is the Third Vice Chancellor of The University of The Gambia and the first Gambian to be appointed to the post.

Prof. Kah served as a faculty member in several reputable universities including: Howard University, Washington, DC; Rutgers University, NJ and American University, Washington, DC; American University of Sharjah, UAE and the American University of Nigeria. He also taught as an Adjunct Associate Professor at George Washington University, Washington, DC; and Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada’s extension program in The Gambia. Prof. Kah was the founding Dean of the School of Information, Technology and Communications (2005-2009) and doubled as Interim Dean for the School of Business & Entrepreneurship (2006-2007 at the American University of Nigeria. He was the founding Director of the African Center for ICT Innovations and Training (2005-2009) and doubled as Chief Information Officer (CIO) (2008-2009) at The American University of Nigeria. He also served as Chairman of the Information Systems and Operations Management Department at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (2003-2005). His corporate work experience includes AT&T Bell Laboratories, Strand Management Solutions, Inc., Educational Testing Services (ETS) and The World Bank, etc.

Prof. Kah serves the local and international community in various capacities. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Association for Information Systems (AIS- International Association of Information Systems/IT Academics) – Special Interest Group on ICT and Global Development; Vice Chairman of The National (The Gambia) Committee on Science, Technology & Innovation; Chairman of the Board of Zenith Bank, The Gambia; Board member of The Gambia Chartered Institute of Bankers; Board member of The American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria; Board Member of The African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria (AUST); Board Member in the Nigeria Federal Government’s Abuja Technology Village (ATV); Board Member of The Nigeria Communications Commission’s Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Abuja, Nigeria; Board Member of the Gambia Standards Bureau, Member of the Network Advisory Committee (NAC) of The African Growth and Modeling Consortium of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPIRI), Washington, DC; Member of the Scientific & technical Committee of West and Central African Council on Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD); Board Member- the West African International School (WAIS), The Gambia; Board Member, Francis Degaul Njie Foundation, The Gambia, Board Member of The Africa Brain Gain Foundation, Kenya and is a Charter Member of the KPMG Information Systems Ph.D. Project (USA), etc.

Prof. Kah was recently honored by The President of the Republic of the Gambia with a National Award with the insignia of Member of the National Order of the Republic of The Gambia (MRG). In addition, his efforts in Higher Education in Africa was recently honored by conferring to him a Chieftaincy Title/ Recognition- Ezi Enyi I, by the Obi-Mbieri Autonomous Community, Mbieri, Mbaitoli, L.G., Imo State, Nigeria. He was also recently recognized for a Distinguish Award of Excellence as Great Ife Fellow- Great IFE Alumni Association – The Gambia Chapter- OAU, IFE, Nigeria.

Prof. Kah completed his BS, MS. and Ph.D. at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, one of the top engineering and Technology Management schools in the USA. Prof. Kah also holds a Masters of Science in Finance (Financial Engineering) from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. One of the African continent’s eminent scholars on Information Technology and Development, Prof. Kah’s current academic research includes exploring ways in which advances in information communication technologies and innovations contribute to poverty reduction, education, economic growth & development, and enhance quality of life for developing economies and communities as well as improve government processes and organizations in developing economies. He is very much interested in innovative ways of improving education and building capacity and competences, especially the teaching of the sciences, mathematics and computing using ICT’s for students and teachers in least developed countries.

He has published several refereed conference papers, book chapters and peer reviewed articles in reputable academic Journals such as Journal of Franklin Institute, Journal of the Operation Research Society, Journal of Information Technology & Applications, Journal of Information Technology & Development, Journal of Micro-Finance, Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, Journal of Information Technology, The Pacific Journal of Science & Technology, Journal of African Administrative Studies, Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, etc. He also serves in the editorial review board of the International Journal of Knowledge Management, USA; Journal of Information Technology for Development, USA; and also in the advisory board of the recently launched African Journal of Information Systems, USA, etc.

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