Nagla Rizk is professor of economics and founding director of the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at the School of Business, the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is faculty associate at Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Her area of research is the economics of knowledge, information technology and development, with focus on business models in the digital economy, intellectual property and human development. She is involved in advocacy work promoting freedom of information, access to knowledge and open source software in Egypt.
Rizk is co-editor and contributor to Access to Knowledge in Egypt, New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development (Bloomsbury Academic, 2010) and co-author of the first Arab Knowledge Report 2009.
She is founding member of the Access to Knowledge Global Academy and member of the steering committee of the Open African Innovation Research Project (Open A.I.R).
She served as associate dean for graduate studies and research, and as chair of the economics department at the School of Business at AUC. She taught at Yale Law School and the University of Toronto.