Serageldin is currently the director of the Library of Alexandria, and chairman of the board of the seven affiliated research institutes and the three affiliated museums.
He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts which includes the Institut d'Egypte (Egyptian Academy of Science), US National Academy of Sciences (Public Welfare Medalist), the American Philosophical Society, TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences), the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Brookings Doha Center, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Social Science Report 2013, UNESCO. He is Co-Chair of the African Biotechnology Panel (with Calestous Juma). He is a foreign fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
Ismail Serageldin is also a member of the Fondation Chirac's honour committee, ever since the foundation was launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac in order to promote world peace. He also participates as jury member for the Prize for Conflict Prevention awarded every year by this foundation.
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