Photo: Joyce van Belkom
Egypt, 1944
director of the Library of Alexandria

Ismail Serageldin

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 Coll├Ęge 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.

Published in

Journal Nexus

Nexus 79

Brief aan mijn leraar
Nexus Library

Alexandria’s Remembrance of Things Past

English edition
Journal Nexus

Nexus 67

School der beschaving
Journal Nexus

Nexus 65

De universiteit van het leven

Speaker at


Nexus Lecture Ismail Serageldin

Knowledge and Memory in Alexandria

30 October 2011 14.30 - 16.30 Auditorium Tilburg University

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.