Our People

Nagla Rizk

Nagla Rizk, Founding Director

Dr. Nagla Rizk is an experienced and competent scholar with diverse professional experience as a:

- 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).

- Founding member of the Access to Knowledge Global Academy

- Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, an Affiliated Faculty of Harvard Law School's CopyrightX course

- Affiliated Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

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Nadine Weheba

Nadine Weheba, Senior Research Officer, A2K4D Management Committee Member

Nadine’s research interests are the political economy of Information communication technologies, innovation and development.

As part of the Open African Innovation Research Projectof which A2K4D is the North African Hub,  she is engaged in research on knowledge governance, openness, collaboration and alternative metrics for innovation in Africa. Nadine also studies the sharing economy and issues of artificial intelligence and inclusion in the context of Egypt, Africa and the region.

 She received her MSc in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in 2013 and holds a BA in economics from The American University in Cairo.

Nagham ElHoussamy

Nagham El Houssamy, Senior Researcher, A2K4D Management Committee Member

Nagham is working on research on the intersection of knowledge, technology, entrepreneurship and development. She joined the Center in June 2012, serving as the North Africa Hub coordinator for The Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR).

Prior to joining A2K4D, Nagham was an Economic Researcher in the Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit at the Egyptian Ministry of Finance. She interned at the ICT Policies Unit of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia in Beirut. Nagham graduated from The American University in Cairo with an MA in Economics in International Development and a BA in Political Science, specializing in International Law and International Relations, with a minor in Economics.

Stefanie Felsberger

Stefanie Felsberger, Senior Researcher, A2K4D Management Committee Member

Stefanie focuses on questions of access and control of data, knowledge and technology, as well as the political economy of data, surveillance theory, and the politics of gender. Stefanie is the center’s Bartlett Fellow and works in cooperation with the Access to Knowledge (A2K) Fellow at the Internet Society Project at Yale University and the Access to Knowledge Global Academy (A2KGA). Stefanie is also a member of the EQUALS Research Group and holds a magister both in Political Science and Arabic Studies from the University of Vienna.

Nancy Salem

Nancy Salem, Senior Researcher

Nancy researches the potential of data and digital technologies for economic and human development in the Middle East and North Africa. She is a member of the EQUALS Research Group led by the United Nations University Computing and Society under the Global Partnership for Gender Equality. Nancy holds an MSc degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. She obtained her BA in History from AUC.

Gina Alaschkar

Gina Alaschkar, Business Support Officer

Gina ensures the smooth operation of activities at the Center and serves as the contact person for all A2K4D business support activities and internship programs. Prior to joining A2K4D, Gina worked for Oracle Systems Ltd as a Senior Partner Business Consultant, covering Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Africa, UK, and Ireland. Gina earned her BA in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University.

Hana Shaltout

Hana Shaltout, Researcher

Hana received her BA in Political Science Honours Programme with a specialization in International Relations, from the American University in Cairo in 2014. She completed her MSc in Gender, Media, and Culture from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics and graduated in 2015. While both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations were at the intersection of gender, cultural studies and international relations, her more recent interests are focused on feminist activism and different modes of cultural expression within Egypt. Prior to working at A2K4D, Hana was a Research Assistant at the Women and Memory Forum. Hana currently works primarily on Gender-centric research projects at the Center.

Dana ElBashbishy

Dana Elbashbishy, Research Assistant and SSHRC Fellow

Dana is a member of The Open African Innovation Research Partnership’s (Open AIR) New and Emerging Researchers Group (NERG). She assists in Center research on alternative knowledge and innovation metrics. She is also a Teaching Assistant at AUC in the Digital Economy: Information Technology, Knowledge and Intellectual Property course.

Farah Ghazal

Farah Ghazal, SSHRC Fellow

Farah is currently an L.L.M student at AUC. She earned her BA in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations and minor in Psychology. Farah’s research interests include Marxism, feminism and feminist jurisprudence. She joined A2K4D in August 2018 as a SSHRC fellow, where she helps include gender perspectives and approaches to development and innovation research. Prior to working at A2K4D, Farah interned briefly at Shalakany Law Office.