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Nagla Rizk is Professor of Economics and Founding Director of the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at the American University in Cairo’s School of Business. Her research area is the economics of knowledge, technology and development, with focus on digital platforms, innovation, knowledge governance, business models and inclusive growth in the Middle East and Africa.

Her recent work looks into the economics of data, AI and inclusion, with interest in gender and the future of work. Her recent publications include “Artificial Intelligence and Inequality in the Middle East” in The Oxford Handbook of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and “The State of Open Data in the Middle East and North Africa” in The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons. She founded the Open Data for Development Node for the Middle East and North Africa and is a Steering Committee Member of the Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR).

She is Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Copyrightx course. She is also Affiliated Fellow of Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and Associate Member of the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society. She is member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda and the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association. She has a record of policy impact in the area of open source technologies and regulation of ride sharing in Egypt, and advocacy for the right to information.

She is currently member of the Technical Secretariat of Egypt’s National Council for Artificial Intelligence. She taught at Columbia University, Yale Law School and the University of Toronto. 


Mar 9, 2016

Mobilization for Change

The role of the networked public sphere in advancing civic participation and collective action in the Arab region

“Mobilization for Change” is a series of reports examining the role of the networked public sphere in advancing civic participation and collective action in the Arab region.


Apr 27, 2015 @ 5:00 PM

The Arab Networked Public Sphere: Social Mobilization Post-Revolutions

With special guests, Lina Attalah, Rob Faris (moderator), Fares Mabrouk, Dalia Othman and Nagla Rizk

Join us for a round-table discussion on the networked public sphere and social mobilization post-revolutions in the Arab world.