Alia Shaddad

Senior Researcher

Responsible AI And Data
Technology Sovereignty
Social Inclusivity
Digital Transformation
Women In Technology


Alia Shaddad is an anthropologist based in Cairo, and a Senior Researcher at the Access to Knowledge for Development Center. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology at The American University in Cairo (AUC) . She obtained her Master of Arts in sociology-anthropology from AUC in 2021. Shaddad holds a Bachelor of Arts in honors political science with minors in economics and anthropology from AUC. She believes in the necessity of interdisciplinarity and often works with different media to express her work. Her work often explores space, time, subjectivity, relationships, alternativeness, affect, and potentialities. She has more recently explored these themes within the context of tech, data, and AI in Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa region.