A2K4D Team

Our People

Dr 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, Associate Director for Research, Global North and South

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, Associate Director for Research, Middle East and Africa

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.

Gina Alaschkar

Gina Alaschkar, Administrative Affairs Manager and Outreach

Gina manages the Operations at A2K4D and is the core focal point internally for the Center's activities at AUC and externally. Liaising with collaborators and institutions within the Center’s regional and international networks. 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.

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.

As a member of New and Emerging Researchers Group (NERG) in The Open African Innovation Research Partnership, Dana is engaged in the research on finding alternative knowledge and innovation metrics in an attempt to better capture and represent the informal innovation in Africa. She also examines different other topics such as The Sharing Economy in Egypt, Artificial Intelligence, and development. Dana is also a Teaching Assistant of The Digital Economy: Information Technology and Inclusive Development economics course at the American University in Cairo. Dana holds a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo.

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.

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Khadiga Hassan, Researcher

Khadiga completed her undergraduate studies at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with honors. She moved back to Cairo and joined Access to Knowledge for Development as a researcher. Prior to her move back to Cairo, Khadiga was an international market researcher at the Massachusetts Export Center located in Boston. Khadiga developed an interest in econometrics, data analysis, market research, and economic theory for development. She is aiming to pursue her master’s degree in Development Economics.

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Leena Soliman, Communication Officer

Leena is currently an L.L.M student at AUC. She earned her BA in Political Science with a double specialization in International Relations and Political Economy and a double minor in History and Anthropology. Leena joined A2K4D in January 2019. Prior to working at A2K4D, Leena was a Research Assistant at the Law Department at the American University in Cairo.