Habiba Effat is a freelance copy-editor and occasional writer from Cairo. For six years, she worked with independent Egyptian journalism platform Mada Masr, before which she managed office for art space Beirut (in Cairo). She holds a degree in English and Comparative Literature from the American University (also in Cairo.)
Born in Jerusalem, Karim Kattan is a writer and researcher. He holds a doctoral degree in comparative literature from Paris Nanterre University. He was one of the co-founders and directors of el-Atlal, an arts and writing residency in the oasis of Jericho (Palestine). His most recent books include a collection of short stories, Préliminaires pour un verger futur (2017) and a novel, Le Palais des deux collines (2021), which were both published by the Tunis-based éditions Elyzad. He writes in French and English.
Born in Beirut, Krystel Khoury has since 2006 been working as a cultural consultant and coordinator for organizations in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, France, and Germany, for which she coordinates and implements projects engaging artists from the Arab world and Europe. Trained originally as a dancer, Khoury holds a Masters in Performing Arts from Université de Lyon and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology of dance and intercultural dynamics from Auvergne Université in 2014. Her research focuses on embodied knowledge and political discourses, dance education, artistic processes, and anthropological theories. Her latest contributions include Theatre Against Borders (Arts Mdpi, 2018) and Dancing In The Waiting Room (ASA 18, Oxford University). She is also the editor of Lullabies from the Worlds of Islam (Al Ayn museum, 2018) and com(.)com (2019). Since 2019, she is the head professor of ISAC, Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, in Brussels.
Mai Abu ElDahab
Raised and educated in Cairo, Mai Abu ElDahab is a contemporary art curator living in Brussels since 2007. Her curatorial projects have been concerned with “how we work” as much as with the “what we do”. Before joining as director of Mophradat in fall 2014, she was most recently co-curator of the 8th Liverpool Biennial, and from 2007 to 2012, she was director of Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp. She has edited and co-edited many publications including These are the tools of the present (2017), Final Vocabulary (2016), Circular Facts (2011), The Agreement by Hassan Khan (2011), amongst others, all from Sternberg Press. She also commissioned two records, Both Sides of the Curtain by The Dwarfs of East Agouza (with Unrock, 2017) and Behave Like an Audience by Concert (with Sternberg Press, 2013).
Administration & Development Coordinator
Born in Athens, Nicky Tsianti develops and implements programs and initiatives at the intersection of arts, culture and development for nonprofits, NGOs and civil society organizations. Among them have been Cambodian Living Arts (Cambodia), Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development (Jordan), and Cultural Canvas Thailand (Thailand). She also produces the projects of Kaimera Productions, a live arts company based between Paris and New York, which creates original performances with communities across the globe. She is also one half of a Paris- and Los Angeles-based creative studio working between sculpture, design and architecture. She was previously a core member of the founding executive team of the Athens Biennale in Greece, overseeing production and operations from its establishment through its fourth edition. She is a trained classical pianist with an academic background in theater and museum studies.
Web design and development
Additional design and Arabic typesetting
Former team members are Alberto García del Castillo, Amal Khalaf, Carl Cappelle, Doreen Toutikian, Jenifer Evans, Lauren Wetmore, Marie-Nour Héchaimé, and Nadia Cherif.