Cultural manager Heba ElCheikh studied French, translation and journalism, and in 2012 she completed her Masters degree in Art Management, with a focus on community arts and evaluation at Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands. In 2011, she co-founded Mahatat for contemporary art. She believes in democratization of the arts, and as such has worked to decentralize and make them available to everyone through art in public spaces and community art projects. Her professional experience ranges from management training and facilitating, interpreting and journalism (radio and print media), to website editing. In 2009, she co-founded The “Journey Cultural Group” in Alexandria, aiming to promote youth creativity and critical thinking through culture and the arts. Having travelled to Morocco, France, Spain, Kenya, Italy, England, Belgium, Germany, Syria, Indonesia, Thailand and the USA, Heba ElCheikh has published fieldwork-based articles in French and Arabic weeklies and magazines, and covers art and travel, local community life style, culture and legacy.