Ismail Serageldin is director of the Library of Alexandria (the oldest such institution, dating to the reign of Ptolemy I in the third century BC) and one of the world's leading public intellectuals. His particular interest, however, is water. As vice president of the World Bank in charge of environmentally and socially sustainable development, and as chairman of the Global Water Partnership and World Commission for Water in the 21st Century, he has been outspoken in his belief that water is the world's most valuable—and most strategically important—commodity. Serageldin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Cairo University and Master's degree and a Ph.D from Harvard University. He was interviewed by telephone from Cairo by David A. Andelman and Benjamin Pauker of World Policy Journal and Jackie Simon, U.S. bureau chief of Politique Internationale.
Ismail Serageldin; Water Wars?. World Policy Journal 1 December 2009; 26 (4): 25–31. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/wopj.2010.26.4.25
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