Nagla Rizk is Associate Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo. Her area of research is the economics of knowledge, technological change and economic development with focus on information and communication technology (ICT), intellectual property and human development in Egypt and the Arab countries. She is core author of the First Arab Knowledge Report 2009, and has published works on knowledge industries and development in the digital economy and e-readiness of businesses in Egypt. Rizk served as chair of the Economics Department at AUC and research advisor for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s National e-Readiness Assessment. She also taught at the University of Toronto and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of IQsensato, an international research and policy think tank. She received her PhD in economics from McMaster University in Canada, MA and BA in economics from AUC. Rizk is co-editor of Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development, and directs the Access to Knowledge for Development (A2K4D) Center in the Department of Economics, SChool of Business at the American University in Cairo.