The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has affected the cultural sector heavily, and specifically its freelancers and artists. As the situation will undoubtedly take some time to return to 'close to normal', and there are bound to be new social and cultural dynamics and new practices in the post-pandemic period, we have created a tool for the Cultural Sector to maintain and be self-sustained, keep meaningful contact with its audiences, and encourage them to stay engaged.
An Egyptian Cultural Manager and Researcher based in Abu Dhabi. She works as a senior performing arts programmer at the Cultural Foundation. She has 20 years of work experience in the Culture Sector.
Her work experience includes “Head of Performing Arts” at the Library of Alexandria (Egypt), and Founding Director of AGORA for Arts and Culture. She is an international fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a global fellow of the International Society for Performing Arts, a Chevening Scholar, a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow, a Tandem Shaml and a Robert Bosch Stiftung Alumni.
In 2021, she was named on of 50 most inspirational women in Egypt. She currently conducts her PhD. Research at the University of West Scotland, where she is researching the role of virtual and hybrid arts and cultural engagement in developing resilience and helping societies emerge stronger from crisis.
Media streaming expert with 13 years of experience in Information Technology and Programming. During the past 9 years, he has been working as Head of IT at Delmon Group. His skills include Php development, Mysql database development, Linux, windows servers administration, App development xcode, android studio, Java programming, network designing and administration.
He is also the co-founder of Basita.com; an online e-commerce platform, and Basita.live; a virtual income generation platform for the Cultural Sector.
With 12 years of experience in high level social media management, digital marketing and communications, his experience spans a varied spectrum of fields that include telecommunications, cultural organizations, arts and music festivals, and community engagement initiatives.
For the past seven years he has been promoting sold out cultural events and performances in UAE for the Abu Dhabi Festival. Events included “The Paris Opera Ballet Jewels by George Balanchine”, “Tosca – A Concert Production”, “Korean Symphony Orchestra”, “Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Rome”, “Queen of Fado Mariza “, and “The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-yo Ma”, artist of the Arabs Mohammed Abdo, among other world-class performances.
In the past two years he worked at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, as the marketing manager of Manarat AlSaadiyat, and Berkley Abu Dhabi.
He also co-founded Basita Company, and Basita.live.