Anwar Fatihelrahman Ahmed Dafa-Alla(أنور فتح الرحمن أحمد دفع الله), also known as "Anwarking" in Sudanese Cyber-Space, is a Sudanese Computer Scientist and Social Entrepreneur. He was born on January 23rd, 1978 in Port Sudan.



Anwar earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering from The Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt in 2003. He then pursued his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, specializing in Databases and Data Mining, at DBLAB in Computer Engineering school. Chungbuk National University in South Korea in 2006 and 2011, respectively.

Work and Career


In 2003, Anwar worked as a part-time teaching assistant in his hometown of Port Sudan in Eastern Sudan. In June of the same year, he co-founded his own computer company, "Adoby For Computer Services", with his friends from AAST. After moving to South Korea for postgraduate studies, AnwarKing worked as a freelance translator with numerous companies, including Arirang TV stations and the Korean Radio Broadcasting Services (KBS). He was interviewed twice on Anwar Dafa-Alla: Building an internet culture in the Arabic world بناء ثقافة انترنت في العالم العربي(Arabic), and another time as a guest on KBS ضيف على كي بي أس. While in South Korea, he also established his own trading business, AFRO-ARAB Trading, from 2006 to 2008. Since returning to Sudan on January 3rd, 2011, AnwarKing has consulted on various projects and worked as a Computer Science assistant professor at Alzaiem Alazhary University in Khartoum from June 2011 to August 2012, Garden City College for Science & Technology from September 2012 to 2014, and King Faisal University from January 2015 to 2016. Currently, he lives and works in Qatar.



Anwar is a co-founder of Sudan Developers Association (SudaDev) in 2002, and the First Sudanese who participated in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI2002) in Korea. Interview Observes' mission is to ensure fair game.

Major contributions


Anwar Dafa-Alla's major contributions include:

  • Founder of Sudanese Olympiad of Informatics 2003 SOI2003
  • Founder of Sudanese Researchers Initiative 2009 under the motto: "The problem and the solution lie within YOU!". This initiative has grown to nearly 700K members on Facebook and has more than 40+ subgroups (special interest, language, and scholarships groups).
  • Founder and the curator of TEDxKhartoum , TEDxYouth@Khartoum & TEDxOmdurman Conferences in Sudan and TEDxAlSadd in Doha, Qatar
  • Received the Best research paper Award at FITAT 2009 conference in South Korea.
  • Enriching the Sudanese contents over the internet via different activities including -but not restricted to- the Sudanese Researchers groups and TEDx in Sudan, also via training and mentoring in the Wikipedia Sudan group on Facebook since Oct 10, 2015 Sudan Wikipedia initiative
  • In March 2013 to May 2013, he's an Executive producer to Our Sudan film "A Short Film to Inspire A New Generation", the first crowd-funded film in Sudan on Kick-Starter.
  • Founder of Sudanese Researchers Webinar series #SRI_Webinar #SRF_Webinar #SRFLive and hosted tens of webinars with different scholars since 2015 SRF YouTube channel
  • President of the executive office for the Sudanese ICT professionals Association in Qatar SIPAQ Elected from 2022~2024.

Highlights of Anwar Dafa-Alla's TED/TEDx Engagements


Anwar Dafa-Alla has made significant contributions to the TED and TEDx community, showcasing his dedication through various activities and achievements:

- Since 2009, Dafa-Alla has dedicated himself to volunteer work, focusing on translating TED Talks into Arabic, quickly becoming one of the most active volunteer translators. His efforts have been recognized in a TED Blog interview "TED Blog: Meet Anwar Dafa-Alla, TED volunteer translator", highlighting his contribution to breaking language barriers and enabling global knowledge sharing. His translation work spans across multiple languages, including Arabic, Greek, Japanese, Serbian, French, Hungarian, Chinese, Italian, Korean, and Spanish, illustrating his commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding.

- Dafa-Alla's commitment to the TED community is evident from his participation in TED Translators workshops, attending sessions twice in Palm Springs, CA, USA (2010, 2012), and twice in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (2011, 2012). His engagement further extended to the inaugural TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, in April 2012, which saw over 600 TEDx organizers from around the globe come together to share practices and insights on advancing TEDx initiatives.

- Highlighting his influence within the TED community, Dafa-Alla has been featured in two TED-produced videos. One video celebrates the diverse voices contributing to TEDx "TEDx: Many voices, one conversation", and the other honors the Open Translation Project "Why I translate TEDTalks", showcasing his passion for making TED Talks accessible to a broader audience.

Public Speaking


Anwar Dafa-Alla is a passionate advocate for education, global understanding, and social change. He is a frequent public speaker, having delivered talks at TEDx events, conferences, and schools around the world.

Here are some highlights of his public speaking engagements:

TEDx Talks:

  • TEDxYonsei (Seoul, South Korea) - Spoke about the similarities and differences between Sudan and Korea A letter from Sudan A letter from Sudan.
  • TEDxSeoul - Shared his experience translating TED Talks I'm a TED volunteer translator مهندس سوداني يشارك في مؤتمر تيد في كوريا-
  • TEDxKhartoum - Played a key role in building the TEDx community in Sudan
  • TEDGlobal (Edinburgh, Scotland) - Presented on the TEDxKhartoum community
  • TEDxBerlin (Crossing Borders) - Delivered a talk titled "Crossing Your Inner Borders" , translated into multiple languages)
  • TEDxAmsterdam (Surprise Speaker) - Invited as a surprise speaker
  • TEDxJeddah (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) - Gave a talk on "What If We Translated TEDx Talks"
  • TEDxYouth@Dafna (Doha, Qatar) - Gave a talk on "Why should we take Arabic language seriously?"
  • TEDxDohaInstitute (Doha, Qatar) - Gave a talk on "Let's free the Internet Prisoners"

Other Speaking Engagements:

  • Commencement speaker for Khartoum International Community School (KICS) Graduating Class of 2013
  • Special guest at TEDxMidAtlantic (Washington D.C., USA) - Spoke about how TEDx is bringing change to Sudan
  • Special guest at TEDxBeaconStreet (Boston, MA, USA) - Delivered a talk titled "Let's Free the Internet Prisoners"
  • Invited speaker at Annandale High School (Fairfax County, Virginia, USA) - Talked about identity, generosity, and overcoming fear
  • Invited speaker at the Sudanese Professionals in Qatar monthly meeting - Spoke about learning through volunteering
  • Invited speaker at the 8th Diaspora International Conference & the 18th WASD Annual International Conference - * Presented on the vision of Sudanese researchers for the future of Sudan
  • Volunteer Making Course (VMC Program) Conference (Wad Madani, Sudan) - Delivered a talk on strategic planning for non-profit organizations
  • Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al Mana Secondary School (Doha, Qatar) - Gave an awareness talk on scientific and technological specializations
  • Abdelrahman Ibn Ouf Middle School (Doha, Qatar) - Delivered an awareness talk on cybersecurity

  • Anwarking attended TEDActive conference in 2010 [2] and gave 30 seconds on the stage Attendee.
  • Anwar Dafa-Alla has coined the term "Mini for Mega" Mini For Mega is quoted by TED, which means use small stuff to do big stuff during his TEDxKhartoum community building in Sudan.
  • On November 23rd, 2012 he was a speaker at TEDxBerlin conference (Crossing Borders).

Crossing your inner borders , Anwar Dafa-Alla #tedxberlin, Crossing some Borders . This talk held in English has been translated into more than 13 languages so far, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish Thanks to the wonderful OTP community On Amara, Universal subtitles platform.

  • On November 30th, 2012 he was a surprise speaker at TEDxAmsterdam conference.

surprise speaker at TEDxAmsterdam and featured twice at their blog: Surprise Guest: Anwar Dafa-Alla , where they called him A TEDx Rock Star

  • In August 26th, 2013... he Gave the commencement speech for Khartoum International Community School (KICS) Graduating Class of 2013. KICS Sudan Alumni

KICS Sudan

  • On October 26th, 2013..he was a special guest of TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington D.C. , USA. Where he shared stage with 50+ speakers. A talk on How TEDx is bringing change to Sudan amidst political crackdown. Watch on Youtube

Sudanese Activist: Anwar Dafa-Alla

  • On March 29th, 2014... he was a special guest of TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston, MA, USA, where he gave a talk titled "Let's free the Internet Prisoners" on the impact of the U.S. Sanctions of people in the embargoed countries in the internet era. Source
  • On June 11th, 2014... he was invited to give a talk on "Identity, Generosity, and break away from Fear" at Annandale high school in Fairfax County, Virginia, USA . Source
  • On January 9th, 2016... he was invited to give a TEDx talk on "What If we translated TEDx talks" at TEDx Jeddah in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia . Source
  • On March 22nd, 2019... he was invited to give a talk on "Learning through Volunteering" at the Sudanese Professionals in Qatar monthly meeting.
  • In July 22th, 2020... During the 8th Diaspora International Conference & the 18th WASD Annual International Conference, themed: CORONAVIRUS: the management of pandemic and the impact on Agenda 2030", he was invited to give a talk on "Sudanese researchers vision for the future of Sudan - Sudanese Researchers Foundation Case Study". Video on YouTube
  • On Thursday 12-22-2022, he gave a talk entitled: Strategic planning for Non Profit organizations during the Volunteer Making Course (VMC Program) first Conference, Wad Madani, Sudan. Facebook

  • On Wednesday 1/31/2024... he gave an awareness talk entitled: "Scientific and technological specializations and their importance to the labor market", to the high schoolers at Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al Mana Secondary School, Doha, Qatar On Facebook
  • On Wednesday March 27th, 2024... he gave an awareness talk entitled: "Cybersecurity ", to Abdelrahman Ibn Ouf middle school, Doha, Qatar

Anti-Corruption advocacy in Sudan


- He advocated for Corruption-free Sudan since 2008 when he started his YouTube blog د.أنور دفع الله: مكافحة الفساد في السودان، مسؤلية من؟.

- He was nominated twice (2019-2020) for The Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award ANTI-CORRUPTION YOUTH CREATIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT



- He advised the third TEDxYonsei conference in 2010.

- He consulted the TED Open Translation Project, dubbing project in 2012.

- He was a Technology consultant for Africa City of Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology from November 2011 to Oct 2013, where he is developing concepts for ICT incubators for fresh graduates in Sudan.

- He is a mentor for the Sudanese Researchers foundation mentoring program.

- He is a mentor for the Bizra incubation program Bizra at Sudan Startup Hub.

- He was an IT consultant for Nimble business consulting in Doha, Qatar.

- He is a mentor for the TED Translators mentoring program.

- He is on the advisory board for the Sudanese IT professionals in Qatar (SIPAQ).

- He is a member of the planning committee of Bridging the Gap – Medical Interpreters Training, Weill Cornell University Qatar page

Sudanese Researchers Initiative


Anwar Dafa-Alla is the founder of Sudanese Researchers Initiative (SRI) Facebook in December 28th of 2009 which developed over the years to become the Sudanese Researchers Foundation (SRF) Arabic & Sudanese Researchers Foundation (SRF)English website

Anwar Dafa-Alla's establishment of the Sudanese Researchers Initiative (SRI) on Facebook on December 28, 2009, marks a significant milestone in the development and dissemination of knowledge within Sudan. This initiative, through its evolution into the Sudanese Researchers Foundation (SRF), underscores the importance of leveraging social media and digital platforms for educational purposes, particularly in regions where access to traditional academic resources might be limited.

The transition from a Facebook initiative to a more formal foundation indicates a broadening of its mission and capabilities, likely encompassing a wider range of educational activities, research support, and possibly advocacy for science and education in Sudan. Initiatives like SRI and SRF play a crucial role in fostering a culture of inquiry, critical thinking, and academic discourse, which are essential for the socio-economic development of any nation.

By providing a platform for Sudanese scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts to share knowledge, collaborate, and engage in intellectual exchange, Dafa-Alla's efforts have contributed significantly to the educational landscape of Sudan. This initiative not only aids in bridging the knowledge gap but also empowers individuals by providing access to scientific information and research opportunities, thereby nurturing a knowledgeable and informed community.

The foundation's impact extends beyond individual learning, as it likely influences educational policies, promotes research collaborations both within and outside Sudan, and raises awareness about the importance of scientific research and education in addressing societal challenges. Through such platforms, the barriers to education and research are lowered, making knowledge more accessible to a broader audience and fostering a conducive environment for innovation and development.

Advocacy against the U.S. Sanctions on Sudan


Anwar has started advocacy against the U.S. Sanctions on Sudan since August of 2002 when he was participating in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI2002) in South Korea. He drafted a letter explaining the situation for the participants from 82 different countries link on his blog.

  • In October 26th, 2013..he was a special guest of TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington D.C. , USA. Where he shared the stage with 50+ speakers. A talk on How TEDx is bringing change to Sudan amidst political crackdown. Watch on Youtube
  • In December 6th, 2013..he was a panelist with New America Foundation in a panel titled Promoting the Free Flow of Information in Sanctioned Countries. Watch on Youtube

Sudanese Activist: Anwar Dafa-Alla

  • In March 29th, 2014... he was a special guest of TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston, MA, USA, where he gave a talk titled "Let's free the Internet Prisoners" on the impact of the U.S. Sanctions of people in the embargoed countries in the internet era. Source
  • In October 21st, 2021..he was a TEDx speaker at TEDxDohaInstitute making the case to free the Internet Prisoners. Watch on Youtube



Dafa-Alla has authored and co-authored dozens of original research papers in IEEE, ACM, Springers. And he has published his first book "Background Knowledge in Privacy & Geolocation: An Access Control Approach", LAMBERT Academic Publishing, ISBN:978-3-659-22583-3, Available in Amazon.

Complete list of his published research (B.Sc, M.Sc. Ph.D.):

  • Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla, “Multi-agent monitoring system for LAN operation,” Bsc. Graduation project, Computer Engineering Department, Arab Academy for science & technology, February 2003.
  • Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla, “Framework for Privacy-preserving Data mining using PRBAC,” Master thesis, Chungbuk National University, February 2006.
  • Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla, “Incorporating Background Knowledge in Privacy-Preserving Geolocation: An Access Control Approach,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Chungbuk National University, February 2011.

Research papers


1- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Moon Sun Shin, Eun Hee Kim, Keun Ho Ryu, “Privacy-Preserving Data Mining Using Role-Based Access Control,” in proceeding to Korea information processing society conference, Cheongju, pp. 43-47, Cheongju, Korea, June 2004.

2- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Eun Hee Kim, Keun Ho Ryu , “Framework for privacy-preserving Data mining using PRBAC,” in proceeding to The 20th Commemorative International Technical Conference on Circuits/Systems, Computers and Communications (ITC-CSSC2005), Jeju, Korea, July 2005.

3- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Eun Hee Kim, Keun Ho Ryu, “PRBAC: An Extended Role-Based Access Control for Privacy preserving Data mining,” Lecture Notes in Computer Science, IEEE in proceeding to International Conference on Computer and Information Science (ACIS2005), Jeju, Korea, July 2005.

4- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, GyoYong Sohn, Keun Ho Ryu, “Employing PRBAC for Privacy-Preserving Data Publishing,” Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ACM, The 2nd International Conference on Interaction Sciences: Information Technology, Culture and Human, pp.1417-1421, Seoul, Korea, 2009.

5- Kyung-Won Hwang, Taekyun Kim, Anour F.A Dafa-Alla, “An analogue to the An analogue to the Erdős-Ko-Rado theorem on q-ary Hamming code,” Proceeding of the Jangjeon Mathematical Society, Jangjeon Research institute for Mathematical Sciences & Physics, volume 12, no. 2. pp. 237-242, 2009.

6- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Jungpil Shin, “Generalization models for privacy-preserving data publishing: A brief survey,” The Second International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology, Applications and Tools (FITAT09), pp. 5-10, Cheongju, Korea, October 2009.

7- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Ho-Sun Shon, Keun Ho Ryu, “Privacy-Preserving spatio-temporal web mining ,”BIEN2009: INWES ASIAN NETWORK, pp.171, Pusan, Korea, August 2009.

8- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Eun-Jong Cha, Wun-Jae Kim, “IP2Location based technique for limiting background knowledge in privacy,” The Second International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology, Applications and Tools (FITAT09), pp. 31-35, Cheongju, Korea, October 2009.

9- Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla, Kyung-Won Hwang, Soyoung Ahn, Philsu Kim, “A new finite difference representation for Poisson’s equation on R3 from a contour integral,’ journal of Applied Mathematics and Computation, ISSN 0096-3003, DOI: 10.1016/j.amc.2010.10.017, October 2010.

10- Ibrahim Musa Ishag Musa, Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla, Gyeong Min Yi, Dong Gyu Lee, Myeong-Chan Cho, Jang-Whan Bae, and Keun Ho Ryu, “Online Multi-Divisive Hierarchical Clustering for On-body Sensor Data,” Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, volume. 680, Springer,1st Edition., XVII, 533 p. 258 ISBN: 978-1-4419-5912-6. (Book Chapter), October 2010.

11- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Ho-Sun Shon, Khalid E.K. Saeed, Minghao Piao, Unil Yun, Kyung-Joo Cheoi, Keun Ho Ryu, “IMTAR: Incremental Mining of General Temporal Association Rules,” Journal of Information Processing Systems, volume.6, no.2, pp.163-176, June, 2010.

12- Gyoyong Sohn, Sang-Hyuk Lee, Anour F. A. Dafa-Alla, “Robust Finite Field Arithmetic for Fault-Tolerant Tate Pairing,” In Proceeding of Jangjeon Mathematical Society, Jangjeon Research institute for Mathematical Sciences & Physics.13, no. 1, pp. 77-87, 2010.

13- Jin Byeong Woon, Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla , Ibrahim Musa Ishag , Khalid E.K. Saeed , Keun Ho Ryu,“Privacy preserving geographic data about individuals on disease maps” Proceeding of International Symposium on Remote Sensing (ISRS2010), Jeju, Korea. October 2010.

14- Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Ibrahim Musa Ishag, Khalid E.K. Saeed, “Privacy Tag for Preserving Individuals Privacy in Geographical Context on Disease Maps”, The forth International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology, Applications and Tools (FITAT2011), Cheongju, Korea, May 2011.

15- Ibrahim Musa Ishag, Makki Akasha , Anour F.A.Dafa-Alla, Khalid E.K. Saeed, “GeoSocialDM: Framework for Mining Location-based Online Social Networks” ,The forth International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology, Applications and Tools , Cheongju, Korea, May 2011.

16- Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla, "TEDxKhartoum as a knowledge Sharing platform", in proceeding of workshop of Knowledge Management Capacity in Africa: Harnessing Tools for Development and Innovation, The Friendship Hall, Khartoum, Sudan. 5 January 2012.

17- Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla, Osama A. M. Rayes, "Broadband opportunities for rural areas development and resonance", The 10th Inter-state Information forum, Al-Fashir, Sudan. May 7th, 2012.

18- Murghani Eltahir, Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla, "Extracting knowledge from web server logs using web usage mining", In proceedings of International Conference of Computing, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (ICCEEE 2013), Khartoum from August 26th to 28th, 2013.

19- Razan Abualgasim, Anwar F.A. Dafa-Alla, "Design of a Security Framework for Big Data", In proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Frontiers of Information Technology, Application and Tools; FITAT’16, Zhuhai, China. Mar 31 – Apr 3,2016.

20- A. M. Osman, A. Dafa-Allah, A. A. M. Elhag, "Proposed security model for web-based applications and services", 2017 International Conference on Communication Control Computing and Electronics Engineering (ICCCCEE), pp. 1-6, 2017. IEEE eXplore

21- Mohammed Osman and Anwar F.A Dafa-Alla, “Lateral and Longitudinal Controllers Design for a Fixed Wing UAV”, Data Mining Applications: Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics (DBMI 2019) 7~9 March 2019, Cheongju, South Korea. DBMI 2019

22- Dafaalla, A., et al. "Sustainable development and the role of African scientific research centres." African Journal of Engineering & Technology DOI 10.47959/ajet.2021.1.1.1,, March 2021

23- Salma Siddig, Amira Mohammed Ali and Fatima Ahmed Ali,Dafaalla, A. et al. "Scientific Research Status in Sudan until 2020". AJET. 2022. Vol. 2(1). DOI: 10.47959/AJET.2021.1.1.10

24- Ahmed Dawod M. Ibrhum, Moawia Elfaki Yahia Eldow, and Anwar F.A. Dafaalla, "Gold Detection Using Remote Sensing and Artificial Neural Network Techniques", 10th International Conference on Appropriate Technology (10th ICAT),Khartoum, Sudan, November 22-25, 2022

His Google Scholar entry, His DPLB entry,His Research Gate entry. .

Event Management/Planning


Anwar Dafa-Alla is recognized for his contributions in the field of event planning and organization, both in Sudan and internationally. A list of noteworthy events he has managed includes:

  1. Organizer of TEDxKhartoumLive for TED2011 Simulcast (TEDxKhartoum Live), March 2nd, 2011, live-streamed from Long Beach, CA, USA, 120+ Attendees, MTN learning Centre, Khartoum, Sudan.
  2. Organizer of TEDxKhartoum 2011, themed “Who We Are?”, April 30th, 2011, 1000+ Attendees, SPark City Hall, Khartoum, Sudan.
  3. Co-Organizer of TEDGlobal2011 Simulcast (TEDxKhartoum ), live-streamed from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 120+ Attendees, NTC Tower, Khartoum, Sudan.
  4. CO-organizer/ Advisor of TEDxYouth@Khartoum, November 26th, 2011, 250+ Attendees, Alsharga Hall, Khartoum, Sudan.
  5. Organizer of TEDxKhartoumChange, Supported by partner Gates Foundation and live-streamed from Berlin, on Thursday, April 5th, 2012, 100+ Attendees, DAL excellence Centre, Khartoum North, Sudan.
  6. Organizer of TEDxKhartoum 2012, themed “Positive Thinking”, 1200+ Attendees, Friendship Hall, Khartoum, Sudan.
  7. Organizer and panel chair of “Research directions in Computer Sciences” Symposium, Computer Week, Alzaiem Alazhari University. May 31st, 2012. 300+ Attendees, Alzaiem Alazhari University, Khartoum North, Sudan.
  8. Organizer of TEDxYouth@Khartoum 2012, themed “Turn On The Lights”, 300+ Attendees, November 17th, 2012, Alsalam Rotana Hotel, Khartoum, Sudan.
  9. Organizer of the first TEDx workshop in Sudan (How to TEDx?) TEDxKhartoum holds first TEDx workshop in Sudan. October 13th, 2012. 75+ Attendees, SudaTel businesses, Khartoum, Sudan.
  10. Organizer of Workshop on write/publish a scientific paper January 13th, 2013, +330 Attendees, NTC Tower, Khartoum, Sudan.
  11. Organizer of Workshop on Tell me about your Ph.D. (What was my Ph.D. all about?) Sunday, March 10th, 2013, 80+ Attendees, Sudan University for Science & Technology, Alshaheed Hall, Khartoum, Sudan.
  12. Organizer of TED2013 Simulcast (TEDxKhartoum Live), Feb 27th, 2013, live-streamed from Long Beach, CA, USA, 180+ Attendees, NTC Tower, Khartoum, Sudan.
  13. Organizer of TEDxKhartoumChange, Supported by partner Gates Foundation and live-streamed from Seattle, Washington DC on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, 100+ Attendees, (Live event), DAL Excellence Centre, Khartoum, Sudan.
  14. Organizer of TEDxKhartoum 2013, themed “Knowledge into Action”, May 11th, 2013, 1000+ Attendees, Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum, Sudan. The event was Shut-Down by Sudan National Security and Intelligence Service.
  15. Organizer of TEDxKhartoum 2015, themed “Reconciliation”, July 25th, 2015, 40+ Attendees, Sudan Startup hub, Khartoum, Sudan.
  16. Organizer of TEDxOmdurman 2017, themed “What We Need Now”, February 25th, 2017, 1350+ Attendees, Althuryya Hall, Omdurman, Sudan.
  17. Organizer of TEDxAlSadd 2019, in Doha, Qatar themed “Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Reset the way you think”, December 7th, 2019, 350 Attendees, Doha British School, Doha, Qatar.
  18. Organizer of TEDxAlSadd Live for TED 2023, in Doha, Qatar themed “Possibility”, May 9, 2023.


  1. Panel chair, ``Sudan and the Knowledge Age: Where Are We?``. Guest speaker Dr. Gada Kadoda. The British Council Management monthly forum 27th July 2011, Corinthia Hotel Khartoum, Sudan.
  2. Panel chair, ``Unforgettable Leaders:`What it takes to become unforgettable``. Guest speaker Mr. Charles Ocici, Enterprise Uganda. The British Council Management monthly forum on May 29th,2013, Corinthia Hotel Khartoum, Sudan.
  3. Panelist on "Media & Makers: Khartoum 2013", On ACCESS TO INFORMATION Online Event blog.
  4. Onsite panelist on “TED FOUND IN TRANSLATION SESSIONS” incorporation with Skype Inc. "Why We Translate with June Cohen". Onsite panelists: Els De Keyser, Anwar Dafa-Alla, Kristine Sargsyan, Wataru Narita. Edinburgh, Scotland, June 10-14, 2013 Watch on
  5. Onsite panelist on “TED FOUND IN TRANSLATION SESSIONS” incorporation with Skype Inc. "The unique challenges of expanding Arabic content on the Internet worldwide." Onsite panelists: Khalid Marbou, Anwar Dafa-Alla, Sami Al-Mubarak. Edinburgh, Scotland, June 10-14, 2013.
  6. Onsite panelist on “TED FOUND IN TRANSLATION SESSIONS” incorporation with Skype Inc. Global Speaker Erik Hersman: "Innovation, technology and Africa". Onsite panelists: Anwar Dafa-Alla, Khalid Marbou, Bandi Mbubi. Edinburgh, Scotland, June 10-14, 2013 Watch on
  7. ICCEEE 2013 Co-chair for Security and Authentication, TECHNICAL SESSION (4A). Chairpersons: Dr. Prof. Mustafa Nawari & Dr. Anwar Dafa-Alla. Khartoum, Sudan. August 27th, 2013 Program.
  8. ICCEEE 2013 Co-chair for TECHNICAL SESSION 5A: Artificial Systems Chairpersons: Dr. Alfadil Zakaria & Dr. Anwar Dafa-Alla. Khartoum, Sudan. August 27th, 2013 Program.
  9. Panelist with Kevin Bankston, Danielle Kehl of Open Technology Institute, Collin Anderson, Independent Researcher, Brad Brooks-Rubin of Holland & Hart LLP and Ian Schuler of New Rights Group, Promoting the Free Flow of Information in Sanctioned Countries, The New America Foundation. Washington DC. December 5, 2013. Link On Youtube [3].
  10. Informal presentation during the Youth, Conflict & Governance at Yale University. New Haven, Connecticut, USA. February 28th, 2014 [4].
  11. Discussion Moderator, DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL SANCTIONS IN SUDAN. Panelists: Moon Yousif Sulfab, Nasredeen Abdulbari, and Danielle Kehl. Shirlington, Virginia,USA . March 9th, 2014 [5] [6].
  12. A Presentation at Freedom House. Washington D.C. USA . March 19th, 2014 [7].
  13. Panelist at SdNOG-2 Conference, on "Impact of the Internet (Data privacy and security / Trading Free for Freedom / On living in the cloud )" , with Iman Abu Almaaly, Fahd Batynah, and Philip Papes. Panel moderator : Mustafa Omer Nawari . Khartoum, Sudan. Wednesday, 26 August 2015 [8].
  14. Panelist at Global Entrepreneurship Week, on "Medical Innovation Symposium" , with Dr.Amjad Mohammed Idries, Mr. Mohamed Ali Hamza, Dr. Mazin Khalil . Khartoum, Sudan. 14-20 November 2016 [9].
  15. Panel moderator at Global Entrepreneurship Week , on "Technology & Medical Innovation Symposium" , with Dr. Mohamed Izzeldain, Dr. Abdelrahman, Mr. Mohamed Ali Hamza, Dr. Mazin Khalil. Khartoum, Sudan. 14-20 November 2016 [10].
  16. Panel chair (Panel 2): Physical and virtual geographies: Ethical, social and political concerns in the GCC at the 7th Liberal Arts International Conference (LAIC) , Texas A&M University at Qatar, Saturday, March 23, 2019 Liberal Arts in the Global Age: Changing Winds and Shifting Sands..
  17. Panel moderator: Information Technology market in Qatar: Challenges & Opportunities, during the inauguration ceremony of the Sudanese Information Technology Professionals in Qatar (SIPAQ), Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, Qatar, Friday, November 8th, 2019 IT Market in Qatar.
  18. Panelist at مؤتمر مستقبل الشباب - التحديات والفرص, on "الثورة الصناعية الراعبة وتأثيرها على وظائف المستقبل" , with Prof. Abdelrahman Ahmed Omer, Dr. Anji Bin Hamid, Dr. Omer Gebriel, Online Sudan Knowledge. 25 September 2021 [11].
  19. Panelist at Qatar’s Police Academy symposium on “Artificial intelligence and its applications in Education”. Police Academy, Doha. April 5th, 2023.[12]
  20. Panelist at The Youth Future Conference: Challenges and Opportunities, Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on the jobs of the future, Co-organized by World Association for Sustainable Development & Sudan Knowledge (SK). January 3rd 2022 Watch the panel on YouTube



Since his graduation in 2003, He has taught the following courses for Bsc.: Software Engineering, Computer Graphics, Using the Internet And these courses for graduate school: Database, Data Mining, Internet Technologies, Innovation, Semantic Web, Business Process Management, Information Security, Hardware Maintenance, Implementing Intranet/Internet Security, Implementing Operating System security, Introduction to Computer, Information security policy & Procedures.

Teaching Philosophy


″My experience both as a student and as a researcher taught me how closely research and teaching are related. I want to stimulate students of all levels to discover and to think critical. I believe that success – whether personal or professional – is generated from three critical building blocks: knowledge, critical thinking, and curiosity. These building blocks have an enduring, cyclical relationship; knowledge helps us to understand the world around us as well as ourselves, critical thinking gives us the ability to incorporate knowledge and apply it endlessly, and curiosity, which is the result of realizing the limitations of current knowledge, drives us to acquire additional knowledge. I see my role as a head of the department as one of transferring a fundamental knowledge of course content to students while cultivating their critical thinking skills through the application of theory and concepts to currently applied computing and IT-related issues. We expect that our students will have a variety of levels of desire for learning. We will strive to nurture an environment that will encourage them to seek areas that excite them, for we believe that true learning occurs best when it is most meaningful. Our ultimate goal in teaching is to provide the requisite knowledge, encourage and develop critical thinking skills, and stimulate natural curiosity that will guide students in their efforts of pursuing success. We will spare no efforts to achieve excellence in learning, researching and serving our community. Finally, we believe that our responsibility is to empower our students to become the leaders of the knowledge economy in Sudan and the future entrepreneurs.″*

  • Borrowed from my friend/TED Spanish translator and Applied linguistic professor (Dr Lidia Cámara de la Fuente [13]) with slight modifications:
  • Published on GCCST Website Head of IT Department page

Other Activities


As a restless educator, he collects books from wherever he goes and brings it back to his home country, Sudan. In February of 2003, with the help with his friends, they brought nearly 1 ton of scientific books to Sudan from Alexandria, Egypt. In May 2011, with help with his professors in South Korea, he brought nearly 3 tons of scientific books to Sudan from CheongJu, South Korea. In January 23rd, 2011 he called for bringing OLPC to Sudan and formed a network of Universities, Research institute, NGO and independent researchers for this taskشبكة كمبيوتر محمول لكل طفل سوداني OLPC Network to Sudan , However, the American Sanctions on Sudan has been the major obstacle.


  1. TED Champaign Translator TED Champaign Translator
  2. A TEDx Rock Star A TEDx Rock Star
  3. Sudanese Who Made it BIG! Sudanese Who Made it BIG!
  4. Named as one of 50 Unsung Heroes to Watch in 2014 IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT • SOCIAL MEDIA

On the Media (International)

  1. Interviewed by Charlie Rose for TED 60 Minutes CBS "On 60 Minutes, the impact of TED Talks"
  2. Interviewed by Voice of America Tech Wizard Launches New Sudan in TED World
  3. Featured in CNN TEDxKhartoum event shut down, organizers say
  4. Featured in Fast Company How TED Connects the Idea-Hungry Elite
  5. Featured in Lemonde French Anwar Dafa-Alla, dans les contre-allées du pouvoir Cocktail d’arrivée à TEDGlobal
  6. Featured in Aljazeera English Meeting TEDx organizers from around the world
  7. Featured in Slate Time to Rethink Tech Sanctions Against Sudan
  8. Featured in South Korea's YONHAP NEWS مهندس سوداني يشارك في مؤتمر تيد في كوريا-
  9. Interviewed by Korean Broadcasting System KBS twice Anwar Dafa-Alla: Building an internet culture in the Arabic world بناء ثقافة انترنت في العالم العربي(Arabic) . And ضيف على كي بي أس
  10. Featured on entrepreneurs Arabic تيد إكس منصة يتشارك من خلالها الشباب تجاربهم الناجحة
  11. Interviewed by Aljazeera TV Morning show (الجزيرة هذا الصباح) لقاء د. أنور دفع الله مع برنامج الجزيرة هذا الصباح حول تيدأكس TEDx

On the Media (National)

  1. Sudan TV لقاء د. أنور دفع الله في تلفزيون السوداني القومي أغسطس 2002
  2. الشروق TV 2012 لقاء د. أنور دفع الله على قناة الشروق
  3. Khartoum TV 2013 الدكتور أنور دفع الله - في حديث لقناة الخرطوم عن مبادرة نفير لإغاثة منكوبي السيول والأمطار
  4. Omdurman TV 2013 انور دفع الله كنغ يدعو سوداني امريكا لمساعدة المتضررين بالسيول
  5. قناة النيل الأزرق 16-8-2013 الدكتور أنور دفع الله - حوار حول مبادرة نفير وقيمة النفير في المجتمع السوداني
  6. Hala 96 FM 2014 غاني و حكاوي عن مؤسس TEDX الخرطوم د.أنور دفع الله انا_الDJ
  7. Sudani24 TV 2016 لقاء د. أنور دفع الله على صباحات سودانية

Article on the media


Anwar Dafa-Alla is a regular writer on social Media Facebook. He also published in mainstream media.

  1. Published an article on "individual's privacy on Al-tayar daily newspaper (Arabic) الخصوصية أو النضال من أجل التحكُّم بالمعلومات الشخصية



Anwar's hobbies include fishing in the Red Sea of Port Sudan, as well as playing football, and volleyball, swimming, socializing, and meeting new people. He frequently greets others with messages centered around love.

Anwar Dafa-Alla's Interests


Anwar's interests involve developing the Sudanese intellectual community and reporting on various situations in Sudan to the rest of the world. He advocates for developed countries to provide education and technological knowledge to developing nations instead of just financial aid. Some of the keywords that describe his pursuits include Education, Language, Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Community Building, Translation, Data, Knowledge Management, Sharing, Event Planning and Management, Leadership, Connecting Dots, Privacy Issues in Databases, Social Networks, Data Mining, Mathematics, Access Control Models, Behavioral Economics, Social Media, New Media, Internet of Things, Emerging Ideas, and What's Next? website


Anwar's website was one of the earliest Sudanese websites that emerged in 2001 to cover various aspects of Sudanese culture, including music. Its slogan, coined in April 2001, was "if the internet holds Terabytes, let's make one of them Sudanese" (إن كانت الانترنت تحمل تيرابايتات، فلنجعل إحداها سودانية). The website featured one-click MP3 downloads. Professor Mohamed Majzoub, a frequent visitor to the site from the UK back then, wrote a poem in 2004 In praise of a technocrat and his site

Living abroad


Dafa-Alla lived in Egypt from 1997 to early 2003 and then in South Korea from 2003 to 2010 for his post-graduate studies. He lived in the United States for almost the year 2013-2014. Dafa-Alla also lived in KSA for 18 months 2015-2016 and in Qatar since 2017. He also loves to travel.