I am 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. My teaching, research and advocacy focus on advancing the critical role of knowledge and technology as drivers for human development. Framed within the “access to knowledge” paradigm, my research interests lie in the economics of knowledge, technology and human development with focus on digital platforms, entrepreneurship, innovation, data, intellectual property and business models in the digital economy, with emphasis on Egypt, the Arab world and Africa, especially in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. My research is multidisciplinary in nature and aims at offering academic contribution to an area of interest that is novel to Egypt and the region. I am also engaged with regional and international partners in policy-oriented research that focuses on the developmental perspective of knowledge and new technologies.
I lead the Open Data for Development Node for the Middle East and North Africa, and co-direct the Open African Innovation Research Partnership. I am faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, affiliated fellow of Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, associate member of the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society and affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School’s Copyrightx course. I am member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association, and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda.
I was member of the core team for the first Arab Knowledge Report published in 2009 by the United Nations Development Programme and the Maktoum Foundation. I wrote the National Strategy for “Free and Open Source Software in Egypt” (2014), served as member of the Ministerial Committee on Right to Information law, Egypt (Fall 2013) and am currently member of the National Academy of Scientific Research and Technology Committee on Alternative Innovation Assessment in Egypt.
My record also includes active citizenry within AUC through membership in numerous committees and engagement in various administrative capacities, currently as Center Director, and previously as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the School of Business and Chair of the Department of Economics.
I am the recipient of the AUC Award in Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors (2018), the AUC Distinguished Alumnae Award (2017) and the AUC School of Business Awards for Excellence in Service (2013), and for Excellence in Research (2011).
I hold a PhD in Economics from McMaster University in Canada, Masters and Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the American University in Cairo. I taught at Yale Law School, Columbia University and the University of Toronto.