OUAFA BELGACEM CEO and CO-FOUNDER
Ouafa is an expert in cultural projects fundraising and project management and a researcher interested in topics related with arts and culture funding and cultural policies in the Arab Region.
Ouafa Belgacem is a holds Masters degrees in History, Archaeology, Business Administration and Heritage Management ,she has been building capacities towards funding and financing development projects in various assignments with intergovernmental organisations as well as INGOs. She has work experience in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to founding Culture Funding Watch she worked with as Oxfam GB as Programme Funding Coordinator in Myanmar and as Regional Programme Funding Coordinator for West Africa. Previously she worked with SNV in Laos as Senior Business Development Advisor and as Assistant to the Head of Finance and Contract Section for the European Commission Delegation in Cairo. Ouafa was also assigned as head of fundraising unit within the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt. Earlier, she served as consultant and trainer on cultural heritage sites management.
Ouafa is one of the six international experts to assist in the evaluation of proposals submitted for funding to the UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity.
AMMAR KASSAB CO-FOUNDER
Ammar Kessab (PhD, CA) is Senior Governance Expert at the African Development Bank (AfDB). Specialist in public management, he often collaborates with regional and international organizations in the field of financial management in the cultural sector, culture & development and cultural policies. He is member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Research in Public Management (AIRMAP) and member of the Steering Committee of Al Mawred Al Thakafy (Culture Resource, Cairo). Winner of the 2009 “Young Achievers Award” Culture & Development in Africa, he published several chapters in books and articles.