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Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, to give a keynote at International Data Week 2018

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The organisers and programme committee are very pleased to announce that Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina,  and notable thinker on international science matters, will give a keynote presentation at the International Data Week 2018, 5-8 November, Gaborone, Botswana
ISMAIL SERAGELDIN, Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in 2002, is currently, Emeritus Librarian, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria. He is advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science, and museums. He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions, including as co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC), and serves on the Advisory Committee of the World Social Science Report for 2013 and 2016, as well as the UNESCO-supported World Water Scenarios (2013) and the executive council of the Encyclopedia of Life (2010) and Chairs the Executive Council of the World Digital Library (2010).  He has held many international positions including as Vice President of the World Bank (1993–2000). He also co-chaired the African Union’s high level panel for Biotechnology (2006) and again for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in 2012-2013, and was a member of the ICANN Panel for the review of the internet future (2013). 
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We will be announcing other confirmed keynotes over the next few days!
The deadline for proposals for papers and abstracts for the SciDataCon component of International Data Week is fast approaching (Deadline 25 June)