Mr Ismail Serageldin is the Director of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the modern version of the ancient library of Alexandria. With a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Mr Serageldin has for many years held positions at the World Bank, serving as President and Vice President for various projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr Ismail Serageldin has been appointed Honorary Doctor at several universities worldwide and is a member of national and international cultural boards and academies. He has written more than 50 publications and 200 articles and reports on a range of subjects, and as the Director of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina he not only promotes the sciences and the humanities but also focuses on humanitarian causes, development issues, and intercultural dialogue.