Maha Abbas


Bio: Maha Abbas, Head of BAIFA unit (Bibliotheca Alexandrina Information for Africa), Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Please meet Ms. Maha Abbas, Head of BAIFA (Bibliotheca Alexandrina Information for Africa). Ms. Maha graduated from Faculty of Arts, French language and literature department, Alexandria University and since her graduation she joined Bibliotheca Alexandrina where she held different jobs for more than 10 years. She started as a French translator and editor and then she joined the Francophone Library in 2012 where she started her career in the field of Information and Library Sciences. In 2017, she got promoted to her current position as Head of BAIFA. She received her MBA from Arab Academy for Science, technology and Maritime Transport, Major Project Management during her early career. She eagerly worked with the aim of enhancing research and empowering the role of information services to support development. Maha embarked to strengthen joint cooperation and build several partnerships that work for the benefit of the African researcher. Ms. Maha has also developed a large network of researchers, librarians and academics through its network with African Libraries and African Universities. She is also an active member in the African Library and Information Association and Institution (AFLIA), where she was elected as the North African representative to its Governing Council.

Abstract: "The new trends in libraries and their vital role in supporting open data practices – BAIFA case study"