Ismail Serageldin


2015 3 December

Serageldin Moderates Opening Session at NAS Summit on Gene Editing

A three-day international Summit on Human gene Editing co-hosted by The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the U.K.'s Royal Society, convened global experts to discuss the scientific, ethical, and governance issues associated with recent advances in human gene-editing research.

2015 1 December

Editing Our Genes: From the Pursuit of Knowledge to seeking Wisdom in Application

The International Summit on Human Gene Editing, Washington DC
2015 19 November

Proposals on Combatting Extremism

Serageldin met with a group of European Ambassadors in Cairo to discuss ideas and proposals on what should be done to combat extremism and violence in the region.

2015 7 November

BA Hosts 4th International Summit of the Book

The 4th International Summit of the Book, an annual global meeting launched by the Library of Congress in 2012 to discuss the book in all its dimensions, was this year hosted by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) under the theme "Book, Reading & Technology”.

2015 6 November

Serageldin Re-elected Head of WDL

Serageldin has been re-elected as Chairman of the Executive Council of the World Digital Library (WDL), for another five years.

2015 2 November

Sharing Insights on the Role of Religion in Fighting Extremism

The Council of Europe has invited Serageldin to participate in the “2015 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue” held in Sarajevo on 2-3 November 2015.

2015 31 October

On Europe of the Year 2050

At the international Seminar Quelle Europe en 2050 ? (What Europe in 2050?) held by the Royal Academy of Belgium, Serageldin gave a speech entitled – Europe 2050 : un avenir voulu (Europe 2050 – A desired Future).

2015 28 October

Club de Madrid holds Global Dialogue on Countering Extremism

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President of the Club de Madrid, Former President of Latvia, invited Serageldin to participate in the Club de Madrid’s Policy Dialogue titled “Madrid+10 Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” held in Madrid, Spain, October 27th and 28th, 2015.

2015 27 October

Serageldin Elected Board Member of STS Forum

Founder and Chairman of The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, Koji Omi, informed Ismail Serageldin that he has been elected as a new board member of STS for two years starting January 1, 2016.

2015 17 October

Seeking Balance: Mental Health in a Changing World

The World Federation for Mental Health 20th World Congress, Cairo, Egypt
2015 17 October

A Speech on Mental Health in a Changing World

Invited to be a distinguished guest speaker at the 20th World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health held in Cairo on 16-19 October,2015, Serageldin addressed an international audience of professionals, representatives from universities, public and private hospitals, NGOs, public institutions, state mental health agencies, with a keynote speech entitled “Seeking Balance: Mental Health in a Changing World”. The theme of the conference was “Mental Health in times of crisis”.

2015 12 October

A Message from Ismail Serageldin

As Honorary President of Religions for Peace, I bear this message to you concerning one of the greatest challenges that the believers of the world’s religions and all men and women of good will face today: protecting the earth and its climate.

2015 7 October

Serageldin Chairs ICEF Session on Technology Transfer

At the second Annual Conference of Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF), held in Tokyo just after the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum in Kyoto, Serageldin chaired a session titled “Technology Transfer to Developing Countries and Investment Promotion”.

2015 5 October

Examining the Impact of ICT on Society

At the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum Plenary Session on the topic of “Society Changed by ICT – Security and Privacy”, Serageldin was Chair Speaker in a dialogue among political leaders, scientists and industrialists.

2015 3 October

Discussions on Disaster Risk Reduction

Discussions on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction were held at the 7th Regional Action on Climate Change (RACC ) meeting held in Kyoto preceding the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum meetings.

2015 13 September

Council Meets to Discuss Future Role of UAE Federation Library

Serageldin joined the first meeting of the Science Consultants Council held in Abu Dhabi this week.

2015 10 September

Building an Arab Knowledge Society

As Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Global Knowledge Initiative, Serageldin was invited to a brainstorming meeting of the Arab Knowledge Initiative.

2015 7 September

Celebrating the 13th Anniversary of the BA at the British Library

As part of the celebrations of the 13th anniversary of the opening of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) Serageldin visits London to give a series of talks.

2015 1 September

UN Permanent Representatives Visit BA

Following the UN Permanent Representatives Retreat held in Alamein on 31 August, the BA hosted 50 UN delegates, as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs meetings organized to promote Egypt’s nomination for the membership of the UN Security Council.

2015 31 August

Keynote speech by Serageldin at UN Permanent Representatives Retreat

At the UN Permanent Representatives Retreat held in Alamein under the theme “Towards Enabling Multilateralism: Partnerships for Enhancing the Contribution and Participation of All Member States in the Work of the United Nations”, Serageldin delivered opening remarks entitled “Towards An Enabling Multilateralism: Rethinking the Current World Order”.

2015 23 August

Obituary: Mrs. Nevine Madkour, wife of Dr. Ismail Serageldin

It is with extreme sadness that I inform all our friends and acquaintances of the death of Mrs. Nevine Madkour, wife of Dr. Ismail Serageldin.

2015 7 August

Presenting the BA to the Minnesotans

Minnesota Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina held a dinner gathering in honor of Ismail Serageldin. On this occasion Serageldin gave a presentation on “The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Past, Present and Future”.

2015 28 June

President of Azerbaijan Awards Order of Friendship to Serageldin

President Ilham Aliyev invited Ismail Serageldin and Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Co-chairs of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC) as his personal guests to the Closing Ceremony of the First European Games held in Baku this month.

2015 18 June

BA Establishes Six New Embassies of Knowledge

In the presence of the El-Sayed Abdel-Khalek, Minister of Higher Education; Ashraf Hatem, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities; and Yasser Al-Shayeb, Director of the Embassies of Knowledge initiative, Serageldin signed agreements with the Presidents of the Universities of Zagazig, Mansoura, Banha, Fayoum, Aswan and Suez, to establish Embassies of Knowledge aiming at disseminating culture and knowledge to university students throughout Egypt.

2015 1 June

A Debate on Democratic Security at the Council of Europe

Invited by the Council of Europe to inaugurate a new series of debates devoted to the concept of democratic security, Serageldin presented his vision of democratic security and its components in a presentation on ‘Counteracting radicalisation and extremism – promoting mutual knowledge, understanding, tolerance and respect for diversity’.

2015 29 May

AUB Confers Honorary Doctorate to Serageldin

In an award ceremony held during the 146th commencement exercises for 535 graduate students of the American University of Beirut (AUB), Ismail Serageldin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his “enduring contributions to the arts, humanitarian and environmental causes, and conservation of the cultural heritage.”

2015 21 May

A Memorandum of Understanding Signed with MACAT

Serageldin signed a Memorandum of Understanding between MACAT International Limited, represented by its founding Director, Egyptian philanthropist Salah Khalil, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, to collaborate in the field of translation of seminal books, design of training and educational materials, organization of joint seminars, conferences, lectures, training programs, exhibitions, publications, educational and cultural films and other material.

2015 10 May

AUB to Award Honorary Doctorate to Serageldin

The American University of Beirut (AUB) has announced that the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters will be awarded to Serageldin at the university’s 146th commencement exercises on May 29, 2015

2015 9 May

Serageldin Participates in Global Round Table on Morality in Politics

Serageldin was invited to participate as panelist at The Global Round Table (GRT) 2015 Main Event held at the renowned Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest.

2015 8 May

MoU with The National Széchényi Library

Memorandum of Understanding between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and the NSZL , was signed by Ismail Serageldin as Director of the BA and László Tüske, as Director-General of the NSZL wherein both libraries agreed to promote and facilitate close co-operation and further cultural relations of both countries.

2015 29 April

Closing Remarks

Building Trust in the Emerging/New World Order, Baku – Global Forum
2015 29 April

“Rethinking the Prevailing and Failing World Order”

The third Global Baku Forum titled “Building Trust in the Emerging World Order”, organized by the Azerbaijan State Committee for Work with Diaspora, the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC) and the Club de Madrid, brought together current and former presidents, prime ministers, and statesmen, as well as global scholars and experts

2015 27 April

Thumbnail Sketches

Building Trust in the Emerging/New World Order, Baku – Global Forum
2015 20 April

Nizami Bust Unveiling Ceremony

A bust of Azerbaijan’s prominent poet Nizami Ganjavi was unveiled today in a ceremony held by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC).

2015 7 April

President El-Sisi meets with Serageldin

Following is a press release by the Presidency on President El-Sisi’s meeting with Ismail Serageldin:

“President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, who presented a number of the Library’s activities and projects

2015 18 March

MoU with V-Dem

Serageldin signed an agreement with Staffan I. Lindberg and Abdalhadi Alijla from “Varieties of Democracy Institute” (V-Dem).

2015 11 March

BA and EdX Sign Educational Agreement

Serageldin signed an educational agreement with edX, whereby the Library of Alexandria and edX have become partners to bring an educational platform within reach of young people in remote areas of Egypt, to empower women and fight extremist ideology.

2015 10 March

Serageldin in MIT for Libraries Visiting Committee Meeting

This week Serageldin joined 17 members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries Visiting Committee for their biennial meeting. At the end of the two day meeting, which included lunch with the students, the committee presented a report to the Institute Administration.

2015 6 March

BA and Institut d’Égypte Have Common Mission

In partnership with the Singer-Polignac Foundation, the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Egypt in France co-organized a conference entitled L'Egypte, hier et aujourd'hui,presenting three aspects of Egypt from both a historical and a contemporary perspective : theLibrary of Alexandria, the Institut d’Égypte and the Suez Canal.

2015 20 February

NGIC Convenes in Preparatory Meeting

The Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC) convened once again in a preparatory meeting for the third Baku Forum on Shared Societies to be held in April of this year together with Club de Madrid (CdM) on the theme Rebuilding Trust in Wider Europe – A High Level NGIC/CdM Initiative.

2015 18 February

World Bank Roundtable Discussions to Combat Poverty

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, invited Serageldin to a roundtable discussion hosted at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington DC, with a cross-section of faith-based organizations and religious leaders to foster dialogue and greater collaboration in the common pursuit of combatting poverty.

2015 2 February

The Cities of the Future

“... The cities I dream of are humanist creations where buildings are designed for people and their idiosyncratic needs and technology is woven into the very fabric of the urban tissue, to serve the residents, recycle waste and protect the environment..."

2015 13 January

On Challenging the Extremist Currents

Serageldin has written an essay representing his reflections on “challenging the extremist currents in our midst, challenging them intellectually, and reclaiming our cultural heritage from those who would usurp it and use it for their own political ends”, and also on “the role that the Library of Alexandria, joining with all the cultural institutions of our society, can play in confronting extremism and violence”.

2015 5 January

Confronting Extremist Ideas with Ideas

This week Bibliotheca Alexandria hosted a three day Regional Conference for a Comprehensive Arab Strategy towards the Confrontation of Terrorism and Extremism.

2015 3 January

Confronting Extremist Ideas with Ideas

Alexandria, Egypt

The Challenge: A Cultural Program to Reject Extremism and Violence

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