محمود محمد خليفة هدية
Kristine Khouri is an independent researcher and writer. Khouri’s research interests focus on the history of arts circulation and infrastructure in the Arab world. She curated The Founding Years (1969 – 1973): A Selection of Works from the Sultan Gallery Archives (2012) at the Sultan Gallery, Kuwait. She co-led a Digitizing Archives Workshop with Sabih Ahmed (Asia Art Archive) in Kuwait as part of Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum (2015).
Together with Rasha Salti, she is a co-founder of the History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group, a research platform focused around the social history of art in the Arab world. They co-authored the paper, Beirut’s Musée Imaginaire: The promise of modernity in the age of mechanical reproduction, on the history of a 1957 exhibition of reproductions. Their current work is focused on the history of the International Art Exhibition in Solidarity with Palestine that was opened in Beirut in 1978. This research was transformed into an exhibition, Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts of the International Art Exhibition for Palestine,1978, which showed at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in 2015 and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, in 2016.
Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro
Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro is currently Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special collections, Head of the Archives Department at the University Libraries of the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining AUB, Dr. Chebaro was the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian at Columbia University. She earned an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. She participated in several MEPPI symposia, including MEPPI Beirut 2011, MEPPI Rabat 2012, MEPPI Beirut 2015.
Endangered Archives Programme Curator
Jody has been working for the Endangered Archives Programme for just over four years and finds it an incredibly rewarding job. Previously, she worked in the Collection Care Department and the Prints, Drawings and Photographs section of the British Library, where she had the privilege of cataloguing the photographic collections of Henry Fox Talbot and Fay Godwin. Her eclectic experiences prior to the Library include working for the National Trust, the Ashmolean Museum and the Royal Collection, teaching English in Japan and China and learning Buddhist thangka painting in Mongolia.
Ibrahim Abdelfattah Mohamed Ali
Ibrahim Abdelfattah Mohamed Ali
Conservator and photographer at the Grand Egyptian museum. Egypt. Since 2010
BA degree in conservation form Cairo University in 2009,
MA from The George Washington University, museum studies program in 2015.
I have been interned at the photograph conservation labs at the Metropolitan museum of art, the National gallery of art, and the Smithsonian national museum of American history NMAH.
MEPPI alumni since 2011. Very interested in the history and preservation of photograph collections in Egypt and the Middle East.
– Currently, working on a project for the preservation of the ministry of antiquities photographic archives.
Senior Program Manager at AFAC – Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
Heba Hage-Felder joined AFAC in January 2017 and is responsible for institutional development and management of new initiatives. She has twenty years of experience in development and institutional capacity building. Heba worked with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for ten years – first at headquarters in Bern between 2006 and 2011 supporting humanitarian aid and development efforts in the Middle East, and then as director of SDC – the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Lebanon (2011-2016). Her work experience between 1996 and 2006 covered initiatives in peace building, youth and community initiatives, production of knowledge resources, as well as eco-tourism. She worked with diverse local and international organisations such as Search for Common Ground in Washington DC and in Jordan, Save the Children in Lebanon, Arab Resource Collective in Lebanon, and UNOPS in Geneva, as well as being a co-founder and volunteer coordinator of Mada – a local NGO in Lebanon. She has conducted consultancies with UN and international donor agencies. Heba was born in Ghana, raised in West Africa and has lived in several countries including Switzerland. She is fond of discovering diverse artistic works from the region and internationally and personally enjoys writing and visual storytelling.
Heba Farid (1966) is a multidisciplinary artist and cultural manager based in Cairo since 2000, with a background in architecture and fine arts. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Since 2004, she has been active in institutional development and cultural research with a focus on photography as a founder of the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC), based in Cairo, an art center dedicated to the visual image, as the coordinator and initiator of the multidisciplinary art/research project about Na’ima al-Misriyya, an early 20th century performer, and as coordinator of the photographic heritage program at CULTNAT, the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (Bibliotheca Alexandrina). She has participated in and published articles for several regional symposiums on archiving and photographic heritage and curated exhibitions based on the historic photograph collections. She has received several professional trainings in the preservation and management of photograph collections, and is a MEPPI alumni. She is currently adjunct professor of practice in photography at the Department of the Arts, American University in Cairo (AUC), and is embarking on an entrepreneurial startup venture dedicated to the preservation and activation of photograph collections and visual heritage.
Eveline de Weerd
Eveline de Weerd
Eveline de Weerd has been involved in the research and monitoring of projects at the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in the Netherlands since 2009. Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the Prince Claus Fund’s mission is to actively seek cultural collaborations found on equality and trust, with partners of excellence in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened. Eveline has been working for all three programmes of the Fund: Awards, Grants and Collaborations and Cultural Emergency Response (CER). Through her work for the CER programme she is involved in the research and monitoring of projects related to the safeguarding of cultural heritage affected by disaster and conflict globally.
Eveline obtained an MA of Arts in “Euroculture”, an Erasmus-Mundus European Studies Programme, from the University of Groningen and the University of Deusto in Bilbao, and a BA of Arts in “Language and Culture Studies”, with a major in “the History of International Relations” from the University of Utrecht. As part of her BA studies she spent one exchange year in Geneva where she followed courses at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Geneva.