Ismail Serageldin

Egypt, 1944

Ismail Serageldin is founding director and currently emeritus librarian of the new Library of Alexandria. He studied engineering in Cairo and obtained his PhD at Harvard. In 1972, he started working for the World Bank, where he was one of the vice presidents between 1992 and 2000. He then became professor in development and sustainability at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the Collège de France. Serageldin wrote a great number of books and articles on subjects such as sustainability, biotechnology and science’s contribution to society. In 2012, the Nexus Institute published Alexandria’s Remembrance of Things Past: Lessons for the Future of Europe and Islam.


Ismail Serageldin, Librarian of Alexandria, explains why the spirit of Alexandria should inspire Europe and Islam to build a common future.


Q&A, moderated by Rob Riemen. Copyright Joyce van Belkom.