Nagla Rizk

Nagla Rizk

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, digital technology and development in the Middle East and Africa. Her recent work focuses on the economics of data, AI and inclusion, with interest in gender and the future of work. Her authored works include “Artificial Intelligence and Inequality in the Middle East” in the Oxford Handbook of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (2020) and the “Sate of Open Data in the Middle East and North Africa” in The State of Open Data, Histories and Horizons (2019). She founded the Open Data for Development Node for the Middle East and North Africa and is member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)’s Data Governance Working Group. She is also a member of the Feminist AI Research Network, Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms and Gender at Work, the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Economic Growth and Recovery, the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association and the Steering Committee of the Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR). She sits on the Technical Secretariat of Egypt’s National Council for Artificial Intelligence and serves as the Knowledge Economy Expert for Egypt’s Vision 2030 Development Strategy. Nagla has a record of policy impact in Egypt in the area of open source technologies, regulation of ride sharing and advocacy for the right to information. This academic year marks her 25th anniversary with the American University in Cairo. She also has research and teaching experiences and affiliations with several global universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Universities of Toronto and Ottawa.

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    School of Business, American University in Cairo
  • Profession
    Professor of Economics and Founding Director, Access to Knowledge for Development Center
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