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Basma El Husseiny

Action for Hope

Basma El Husseiny is a cultural manager and an activist who has been involved in supporting independent cultural projects and organisations in the Arab region
for the past 20 years.

Basma is a UNESCO expert in cultural governance and was previously the Media, Arts & Culture Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Arts Manager of the British Council in Egypt. Basma is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Cultural Policy and Management, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey and she is also the Egypt representative of the Arterial Network, Africa’s largest cultural network, and a member of Arterial’s Cultural Policy Task Team.

Basma El Husseiny was until September 2014 the founder and managing director of Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy), a regional non-profit organization that aims at supporting young artists and writers, and stimulating cultural exchange within the Arab region and with the world. She has also co-founded, and was a founding trustee of the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, an independent regional foundation.

Basma is currently working on establishing Action for Hope, a new organisation that seeks to provide cultural relief to communities in crisis, with a focus on refugees and impoverished communities.

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