Richard has worked for the British Library for the last 10 years leading on digitization activities across a wide variety of projects and collection areas, including partnerships with Google, Gale Cengage and (currently) the Qatar Foundation.
As Head of the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership, Richard manages the strategic delivery of the partnership, as well as managing the team of 50 staff. The partnership is making 1.5 million pages of the library’s archives and manuscripts available online for free for anyone to use on a bilingual English and Arabic website.
Prior to joining the Library, Richard worked for Brunel University, lecturing for the Business School in Information Technology and Management, as well as coordinating a number of e-learning projects. Richard has degrees in Economics and Multimedia Computing.
Reem Abdul Hadi
Reem Abdul-Hadi is the International Relations and Branches Manager at the Palestinian Museum. Co-founder and former Executive Director of Al-Mada Institution for Arts-Based Community Development, and the first Music Therapy Center in Palestine. Reem has more than 25 years of experience in social development, communication, human rights, and gender mainstreaming. She served for 15 years as a Program Analyst at the United Nations Development Programme – UNDP. A member of the Global Technical Network affiliated to WHO-Geneva, as an expert in Communication for Development – C4D, representing the MENA Region. Reem holds M.A. in International Cooperation and Development.
Rachel Tabet is a photographer and archivist from Lebanon. She recently joined the Arab Image Foundation as an Archivist, after working as Collection Manager at the Solidere Photography and Video Archive for three years. Together with the Head of Collections, she implements priorities for the department and carries out archiving tasks including cleaning, archiving, storing photographs and digitization. She holds a BA in Photography from The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
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Wishahi has been collecting old photographs and archives of studio photographers and family albums in Egypt dating back to the 19th and 20th century since 1996.
In 2002, he founded Visual Culture Heritage and in 2008, he published a book on the Egyptian-Greek photographer Zangaki (1860-1890).
Wishahi has been a member of the Middle East Photography Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) since 2009.
In 2014, he contributed to the establishment of the Egyptian Italian Center for Conservation of Antique Photographs and Paper Heritage (EICAP) and later in 2015, he contributed to the launching of a Master’s degree in conservation of antique photographs and paper heritage as an instructor for history courses and material of old photographs and paper course.
Since 2016, Wishahi has been involved in archiving and digitizing collections and preparing the manuscript of three books on photographic social history in the Middle East.
Mark R. Westmoreland
Mark R. Westmoreland directs the MA program in Visual Ethnography at Leiden University and is a founding member of the Writing with Light curatorial collective for ethnographic photo-essays. He previously served as Co-Editor of Visual Anthropology Review and as a research consultant for the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative he conducted research on the state of photographic collections in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories.
Westmoreland’s work has appeared in several art catalogues as well as Aperture, Critical Arts, Invisible Culture, Journal for Cultural Research, Cairo Papers in Social Science, Alif Journal of Comparative Poetics, and Ibraaz Contemporary Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, among other academic journals. He has organized numerous workshops and events, such as the Cairo Documentary Festival in 2011, which explored issues facing documentary practices during Egypt’s revolution.
With particular research interests in the interface between sensory embodiment and media aesthetics in on-going legacies of contentious politics, his work explores the epistemological possibilities and productive frictions at the intersection between art, activism, and ethnography. His current book project, Catastrophic Images, shows how experimental documentary practices play a crucial role in addressing recurrent political violence in Lebanon.
Mirna Kalash Itani
Mirna Kalash Itani is the Head of the Archives and Special Collections Unit at the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) Library, an institute that strongly believes in the preservation of Palestinian intellectual and cultural heritage. Mirna began her career in 2003, as an Assistant Librarian at IPS. Now her work is focused on the acquisition, management, preservation and digitization of the photographic and private papers collections.
Mirna holds an MA in Information Management from the Lebanese University. She has been a member of Lebanese Library Association (LLA) since 2003, and The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) since 2009.
Dr Maja Kominko
Dr Maja Kominko manages Arcadia’s cultural grants portfolio, which currently includes nearly thirty large projects working to preserve endangered cultural heritage around the globe. The projects focus on documentation and in-country capacity building in the heritage-rich at risk areas. Maja joined Arcadia in 2012. She was previously a research fellow at the University of Oxford, having worked as a researcher and lecturer at Sabanci University in Turkey, and at Princeton University, Uppsala University and York University. Maja holds a DPhil from Oxford in Byzantine history. Her publications focus on late antique and Byzantine intellectual history and art history.
Marc Mouarkech is the managing director of the Arab Image Foundation based in Beirut. He is pursuing a master’s degree in curatorial studies and art criticism at Saint Joseph University, Beirut and has a BA in Multimedia and visual arts from the Holy Spirit University, Kaslik.
Between 2010 and 2017 he worked at Galerie Tanit, Beirut/Munich where he became director of the Beirut branch in 2012.
Between 2014 and 2015 he organized and co-curated several exhibitions in Beirut.
In October 2015 he co-founded a collective of 8 curators that adopted the name of MADRASSA (School in Arabic). MADRASSA’s focus are the institutional and collective practices in the region. MADRASSA kicked off its own practices presenting the exhibition “Something to generate from” at Kunsthal Aarhus in June 2016.