Emeritus Librarian, The Library of Alexandria
Ismail Serageldin, an Egyptian national, is the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria and the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt, which he headed from its inauguration in 2002 to his retirement in 2017. He serves on many boards and advisory committees for various international institutions. A graduate of Cairo and Harvard (PhD). He has held many important international positions, including Vice President of the World Bank (1992-2000), and professor at the Collège de France, Paris, (2010-2011). He has published over 100 books and monographs and over 500 papers on a wide range of topics, and has received over 36 honorary doctorates.