Career Summary Highlights

Positions at Regional and International Institutions

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

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

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

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

  • 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

Project-based Activities 

  • Dissemination Editor of "A Fair New Idea: Working Internationally Sustainably", Flanders Arts Institute (Paris, Brussels), 2022

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

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

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

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

  • Expert Team Member, Med Culture Programme (Casablanca, Marrakech, Tunis, Amman), 2015-2016

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

  • Various experiences as a free lance project manager, coordinator and content producer in the framework of regional and international activities and programmes (multiple locations), 2002-2010

Other Areas of Expertise 

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

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

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

  • Free lance editor and translator (Arabic, English, French)

  • Jury Member: La Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, 2020; Culture Resource, 2018 & 2020; Arab Theater Training Center, 2022; Roberto Cimetta Fund, 2010-2015…

  • Board Member of Roberto Cimetta Fund for Artistic Mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, 2015-2019

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

Distinctions​

  • Ettijahat - Independent Culture, Beirut: Recipient of the 2021 research grant "A Decade of Art: Research Papers of Syrian Art Production"

  • La Maison Antoine Vitez, Paris: Grant recipient for the translation (Arabic-French) of Chèvres by Liwaa Yazji (Syria, 2017), Could you please look at the camera? by Mohammad Al-Attar (Syria, 2014), La Peur by Hatem Hafez (Egypt, 2013)

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

  • 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