Arab Knowledge and Management Society
The Arab Knowledge and Management Society (AKMS) is a Jordan-based regional non-profit association, established and chaired by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman and Founder of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (Tagorg).
The Society's main purpose is to facilitate knowledge sharing and management in Arab countries through promoting research and development in those fields and offering programs and qualifications that support its purpose. 
The idea behind the Society's set up came about when managers and businessmen in the Arab world became aware of the necessity of coordinating their efforts by organizing themselves into an association.
Accordingly, the Arab Management Society was established upon the invitation of the chairman of TAGorg Talal Abu-Ghazaleh on August 29, 1989 in Buffalo - New York, USA, and was officially registered in Amman, Jordan on October 10, 1990.
The society's name was amended to become the Arab Knowledge and Management Society (AKMS) on December 23, 2000, to emphasize the group’s objective towards a knowledge society.
Agreements with international organizations
AKMS was the first Arab non-profit organization to become a member of one of the technical committees of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The Society was granted a membership in 1994 to join the most ISO/TC 176/SC2.
The Society’s membership in this committee is a representative one, as active membership is limited to official national standardization institutions. It is worth mentioning that AKMS is one of only two Arab representatives that have joined the ISO/TC 176 committee, the other Arab organization being the Egyptian Standardizations Organization. So far, no other Arab organizations have joined this committee.
In October 2001, during the committees’ meetings held in the British city of Birmingham, the Society was accepted as a member of the ISO/TC 176 committee and was invited to participate in the ISO/TC 176/SC3 committee, in recognition of its active role in the ISO/TC 176/SC2 committee.
In the year 2006, AKMS managed to secure cooperation agreements with several internationalorganizations that work in the field of knowledge and quality management. AKMS was awarded membership of the British Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA). The IQA membership has granted the Society several advantages, among which are the provision of all publications and data related to quality on a regular basis as well as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IQA to set up a mechanism for cooperation in the field of professional training and publications.
During that same year, AKMS activated its agreement with the International Standardized Testing Organization (ISTO). The agreement involved updating the Society's data on the ISTO website in addition to providing the Society with the marketing materials necessary to market the ISTO exams. Meanwhile, partnership with ICANN was also enhanced through several cooperation agreements signed.
AKMS has concluded several academic agreements through which it seeks to realize benefits for all members in the Arab world. Such agreements include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Association with Canisius College in New York.
• Cooperation with the Center for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN).
• Partnership Agreement with the International Standard Testing Organization (ISTO).