Ismail Serageldin

Director, Library of Alexandria and NGIC Co-Chair

Ismail Serageldin is the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center. Previously Vice-President of the World Bank, he is a prolific cultural and and scientific contributor, having published over a hundred books and monographs on a variety of topics, including biotechnology, rural development, sustainability, and the value of science to society. He advises the Egyptian Prime Minister on matters concerning culture, science and museums, and has also presented cultural television programmes in his native country. Often referred to as “the most intelligent man in Egypt," Serageldin holds a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Cairo University and a Master's degree and a PhD from Harvard University, and has lectured at  Collège de France, Paris, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands.