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 Nagla Rizk

Founding Director

Nagla Rizk is professor of economics and founding director of the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at the School of BusinessThe American University in CairoRizk is a faculty associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and an affiliated faculty of Harvard Law School's CopyrightX course. She is also 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 a focus on business models in the digital economy,  intellectual property and human development.

Rizk is a member of the executive committee of the International Economic Association, a founding member of the Access to Knowledge Global Academy and a member of the steering committee of the Open Africa Innovation Research Project (Open A.I.R.). She wrote the "National Strategy for Free and Open Source Software in Egypt."

Rizk served as associate dean for graduate studies and research and chair of the economics department at AUC's School of Business. She taught at Columbia University, Yale Law School and  the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in economics from McMaster University in Canada, and her MA and BA in economics from AUC.

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A2K4D Team



Dalia Rafik
Senior Research Specialist

Dalia Rafik is a senior research specialist at A2K4D. She graduated from Cairo University's Faculty of Economics and Political Science, French Section with a BA in economics and a minor in statistics. She completed her MA in public policy and development projects in 2013 at Université de Sorbonne Paris-1, France. She is primarily focused on researching the role of data in harnessing economic and human development in the MENA Region. Dalia is also a free-lance junior policy analyst at UNESCO HQ Paris - Division for Education Policy and Lifelong Learning.


Mai Alkhamissi


Mai Alkhamissi holds a BA in sociology and anthropology from the AUC and an MA in anthropology and cultural politics from Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to joining A2K4D, she worked at the Institute of Gender and Women Studies at AUC, and did short term consultancies for and Panorama of the European Film. She also worked in Kasr al Ainy Hospital in a four-member transformation team, tasked with planning the hospital's renovation. Alongside with her position as a researcher at A2K4D, Mai teaches an Introduction to Sociology class at the AUC. 


Mohamed Hosny

Research Assistant

Mohamed Hosny is research assistant at A2K4D, where he is engaged in a project conducting research on maker movements in the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently undertaking an MA degree at The American University in Cairo. He has previously worked as an economist at an investment bank, and prior to that he worked at the Economic and Business History Research Center. 


Nadine Weheba

Research Officer

Nadine Weheba is research officer at A2K4D, where she is engaged in a number of projects including research on digital activism and mobilization, intellectual property, and open innovation and development in Africa, as well as access to knowledge in the region. Weheba received her MSc in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. She holds a BA in economics from The American University in Cairo. Weheba worked as an economist at HC Securities and Investment, a prominent investment bank in Cairo, before joining A2K4D.




Nagham El Houssamy

Research Coordinator - Open A.I.R. North Africa Hub Coordinator 

Nagham El Houssamy pursued her undergraduate studies at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and graduated with a BA in political science, specializing in international law and international relations with a minor in economics. Upon graduating in 2009, El Houssamy started work as an economic researcher in the Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit at the Egyptian Ministry of Finance. She completed her MA in Economics in International Development at AUC in 2012. El Houssamy also interned at the ICT Policies Unit of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia in Beirut. She joined the Access to Knowledge for Development Center in June 2012, serving as the network's North Africa Hub coordinator for the Open African Innovation Research Project (Open A.I.R.).  El Houssamy was awarded an Open A.I.R. fellowship to spend three months at the Intellectual Property Unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa from November 2013-February 2014. She is currently a Research Coordinator at the Access to Knowledge for Development Center at AUC.


Nancy Salem

Senior Research Specialist

Nancy Salem is a senior research specialist at A2K4D, working on the project, "Harnessing the Economic Power of Data in the Middle East and North Africa," which focuses on the role and potential of data in economic and community development in the MENA region. Salem completed her MSc in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and holds a BA (Double Major) in history and multimedia journalism from The American University in Cairo.


Nada Sallam

Research Assistant

Nada Sallam is a research assistant at A2K4D, focusing primarily on two case studies in renewable energy and urban mobility, under the "Harnessing the Economic Power of Data in the Middle East and North Africa" project. Prior to joining A2K4D, Nada worked at Ashoka's regional office in the Arab World, as their diaspora development representative, and co-developed a training and development program for aspiring social entrepreneurs in Egypt. Nada holds a BA in political science and sociology, with a minor in Middle Eastern studies, from McGill University.


Noor Amr

Research Assistant 

Noor graduated from Willamette University in 2015 with a BA in politics and a minor in philosophy. Her senior thesis, which relied on fieldwork she conducted in Cairo in 2013 as a Carson Undergraduate Research Scholarinvolved a class analysis of anti-sexual harassment initiatives in Egypt. Upon graduation, she was awarded a “Senior Key,” the highest co-curricular award under Willamette University’s College of Liberal Arts, for her commitment to social justice-oriented research and activism. Noor has interned at UN Women (Egypt Country Office) and Deutsche Gesellshaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and served as a Consultant to GIZ’s Economic Integration of Women in the MENA Region (EconoWin) project prior to becoming a research assistant at A2K4D.


Stefanie Felsberger

Senior Researcher

Stefanie Felsberger graduated from Vienna University focusing on the shortcomings in democracy theory in analyzing Egypt with a magister (masters) in 2012, after studying international relations at Warwick University for one year. At the same time she started working for the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES). After receiving her magister in Arabic studies in 2013, Felsberger worked in Palestine as a research intern at both the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) and the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University. Since June 2014, she has been working as a senior researcher at A2K4D, focusing on censorship.