Ismail Serageldin

Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria, Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt
Library of Alexandria

Professor Ismail Serageldin is the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria and the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new Library of Alexandria, which he established from 2001-2017. Previously he held many international positions including Vice President of the World Bank (1993–2000).

Professor Serageldin serves on many academic, research, scientific, cultural and international committees. He has published over 100 books and monographs and over 500 papers on many topics. A graduate of Cairo University, he holds a PhD from Harvard University, and has been a professor at the College de France. He has received 40 (forty) honorary doctorates.

He has received forty honorary doctors and many awards including: Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun (2008); Knight of the French Legion of Honor (2008); and is Commander of the Order of Arts & Letters of France (2011); The Public Welfare Medal, by the US National Academy of Sciences, (2011).