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Career Summary Highlights

Designing, Managing and Implementing Arts and Culture Programs, Project-based Activities, and Communication Strategies 

 

  • Dissemination Editor of "A Fair New Idea: Sustainably and International Collaboration in the Arts", Flanders Arts Institute (Brussels), 2022

  • Co-curator of the digital conference and publication "A Moment of Art | Beyond the Boundaries of Geography", Ettijahat-Independent Culture (Beirut), 2021-2022

  • Middle East & North Africa Manager, Sundance Institute Theatre Program (New York), 2015-2020

  • Program Consultant of "Lands in Exile", The Walk - Good Chance (London), 2020

  • Film Curator of "Moussem Cities: Damascus", Moussem Nomadic Arts Center & Cinema Nova (Brussels), 2019

  • International Development Officer, Hammana Artist House (Hammana), 2019

  • Curator of the Talks & Discussions series of "The Arab Arts Focus", D-CAF (Cairo & Edinburgh), 2014, 2015 & 2017

  • Grants Manager, Young Arab Theatre Fund (Brussels), 2011-2014

  • Program Consultant, Morgenland Festival (Osnabrück), 2008-2010

  • Contemporary and World Music Programmer, Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008 (Damascus), 2007-2009 

  • Local Coordinator of "Meeting Points 5", Young Arab Theatre Fund (Damascus), 2007

  • Culture and Information Coordinator, The Delegation of the European Commission to Syria (Damascus), 2006-2007 

  • Press Attachée, Centre culturel français de Damas (Damascus), 2003-2004

  • Various experiences as a free lance project manager and coordinator in the framework of regional and international activities and programs (Damascus), 2002-2010

Training and Consulting in Projects Needs Assessment, Evaluation, and Mentorship Programs 

  • Workshop facilitator: Cooperate, with whom?, ONDA - Focus Danse, Biennale de la Danse & Institut Français (Lyon), 2023

  • Workshop facilitator: A solid chart and a transversal knowledge: the first steps towards building your project successfully, Bounce Program, Artcena/Circostrada (Paris), 2022 & 2023

  • Project Evaluation Consultant: Collectiva Shamila: Pan-Arab Network of Women Change Makers, Sharq for Citizen Development (Larnaca), 2023

  • Middle East Consultant: mapping and identifying the needs in terms of artists protection, freedom of speech and advocacy (special focus on Turkey and Iran), Artists at Risk Connection/PEN America (New York), 2023

  • Workshop facilitator: General Safety Training for Artists and Cultural Professionals, Cinema without Border program, Movies that Matter (The Hague), 2023

  • Expert Team Member: co-leading Houna aShabab, a mentorship program targeting early-career cultural managers and media professionals from the MENA region, Med Culture Programme (Casablanca, Marrakech, Tunis, Amman), 2015-2016

  • Jury Member: Movies That Matter (The Hague, 2023); Arab Theater Training Center (Beirut, 2022); La Cité internationale des Arts (Paris, 2020); Culture Resource (Beirut, 2018 & 2020); Roberto Cimetta Fund (Paris, 2010-2015)…

Translating & Interpreting 

  • Certified interpreter at the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) and at the National Asylum Court (CNDA) in Paris, since 2021

  • Free lance translator and editor (Arabic, English, French), recent collaborations include: Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), Videos for Change (USA), Mucem (France), artlink (Switzerland), SyriaUntold (Germany), Bozar (Belgium)... 

  • Theatre translation (Arabic & English into French):

- And Here I Am by Hassan Abdulrazzak (UK, 2023)

- Tomorrow is the Best Day of My Life by Yara Bou Nassar (Lebanon, 2021)

- Goats by Liwaa Yazji (Syria, 2017)

- Could you please look at the camera?, Online and Youssef Was Here by Mohammad Al-Attar (Syria, 2014)

- La Peur by Hatem Hafez (Egypt, 2013; published in Éditions Elyzad, 2014)

Other Areas of Expertise 

  • Author of several research papers, articles, essays, interviews, podcasts... 

  • Regular panelist and key-note speaker at regional and international conferences and networking events

  • Board Member of Roberto Cimetta Fund for Artistic Mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, 2015-2019; member of the General Assembly, 2010-2023

  • Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Damascus Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts, 2003-2006

Fellowships & Key Trainings 

  • Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Beirut: Member of the Arts and Culture Entrepreneurship’s copilots group, 2021

  • Laboratory for Global Performing Arts & Politics, Georgetown University, Washington DC: Member of the inaugural Fellows cohort, 2017-2019

  • Institute for International Cultural Relations, Edinburgh University: International Fellow, 2017

  • Culture Resource & Hildesheim University, Berlin: Arab Cultural Policies Research Atelier, 2014

  • Pro Helvetia, Zurich: Arts manager in residence, 2009 

  • U.S. Department of State, Washington DC: International Visitor Leadership Program, 2009

  • La Maison des Culture du Monde in Paris & Université Paris-Dauphine: Economy and Finance of Culture, 2005

  • AMI - Aide aux Musiques Innovatrices, Marseille: Several workshops in cultural management and communications applied to culture, 2004-2006 & 2010

Education

  • PhD program in History and Semiotics of Texts and Images, University Paris 7 Denis-Diderot, 2013-2016

  • MA in Comparative Literature, University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, 2011-2013

  • BA in Theatre Studies, Damascus Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts, 2001

  • High School Diploma, Damascus French School, 1995

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