An ethnomusicologist with background in hospitality experience design, Mina explores new ways to cultivate environments conducive to learning, making, and experiencing music. He specializes in curating and producing innovative musical collaborations across diverse styles. Mina earned his bachelor in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University

    and his masters in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Mina is a Synergos Pioneers of Egypt fellow, a Wired 2014 Innovation fellow, and a National Arts Strategies Creative Community fellow.


    A man of many passions, Andrew Reissiger has produced and consulted for radio, documentary film, and ethnomusicological field recordings. In addition to managing the Music Program for the Nile Project, recent work has included video production and post, on-location/studio recording and mix engineering, project and tour management for the Nile Project,

    Crosspulse, and the International Body Music Festival. Over the years, he has performed with both members of Africa70 and Sonny Okusuns, Pete Seeger, Omega Bugembe Okello, Roy Brown, and Tito Auger.

    STEFFEN SCHWORER Director of Institutional Giving

    Steffen is an advisor on issues related to sustainable development and international cooperation, with a specific interest in transboundary water governance and hydro-diplomacy. At the Nile Project, Steffen leads the program development and acquisition.

    Previously, he worked in the Nile region in a technical assistance project of the German Cooperation with the Nile Basin Initiative. He holds a MA in Environmental Management from Free University Berlin, and a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Düsseldorf with a Minor in Economics from Utrecht School of Economics.

    MAI SHALABY University Program Manager

    Mai earned her MA in Economics in International Development from the American University in Cairo in 2015 and her BSc in Actuarial Science with minors in Economics and Sociology from the same university in 2012. Her work experience was focused mainly in education working in alternating roles as a teacher, facilitator and program coordinator in both formal and non-formal/community education

    with children, youth and women. In order to nurture her interest in the Nile and food accessibility issues, she was involved in several workshops and volunteer work revolving around Nile Basin collaboration and permaculture farming and design.

    SALMA EL-SHAFEI Communications Coordinator

    Salma has always been creative and passionate about different things. She worked in visual merchandising, communication, design, film and education. She received her BA in Visual Arts from The American University in Cairo. She is the founder of Future Shorts Egypt, a short film festival that was held in Cairo quarterly. Salma considers the creative process of generating and developing new ideas, the most important ingredient in communication and the arts.

    AGAZIT ABATE Program Manager

    Agazit has worked in education and on projects that highlight storytelling and community-led human-scale development in Africa and its diaspora. Agazit received her BA in International Development and MA in African Studies from the University of California Los Angeles where she wrote on African cinema, cultural production, alternative and community interpretations of development, and narratives of resistance.

    NAZLI REDA Music Program Senior Coordinator

    Nazli has always been artistic and at an early age was the Arabic voice-over for cartoon characters on Disney as well as other networks. Years later, she found her passion when studying Music Technology at the American University in Cairo where she graduated with highest honors in June 2015 with her graduation project – an original acoustic album.

    Nazli plays the drums, ukulele and guitar. She also performs in acoustic performances as well as manages a local band.

    AMIRA MAHMOUD Research Officer

    Studying communication and media arts and theater at the American University in Cairo catered to Amira’s artistic side, nurturing her design, photographic, editorial, and translation talents as she became a Summa Cum Laude recipient. Her medical and economic studies indulged her scientific side as well. She found the balance in anthropology, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the discipline at AUC.

    RANIA AWNI M&E Specialist

    Rania received her Master’s in Management of Development Projects in Africa from Jean Monnet Faculty, Paris 11 university in France in 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics from Cairo University and Paris 1-pantheon Sorbonne University in 2013. Her Master’s research focused on international decentralized cooperation and its M&E methodology.

    She has worked as an economic analyst and M&E specialist. During her work experience in M&E, Rania worked on different projects focusing on education, social entrepreneurship, employment & preserving the environment.


    Hadeel studies Communication Design at the German University in Cairo. She has always had a passion for photography, videography, and media arts in general. She started her career in digital advertising and content creation, and then went on to pursue a career in web and graphic design. She is passionate about arts & culture, especially music.

    LAILA YASSER Music Program Coordinator

    Laila’s undergraduate Economics background has given her business insight, including in music with regards to controversies over copyright. Her passion for music and photography pushed her to venture into it as a career. She has photographed various performances of rising Egyptian musicians and is co-founder of an artist management startup. She appreciates new music and believes in its power to affect change in a lot of ways.


    Salam Yousry is a painter, writer and theater director. He is the founder of Al-Tamye Theatre Company in 2002, The Choir Project in 2010 and Combo Independent Festival in 2012. Since his graduation in 2004, he worked in several areas in the arts and culture sector. He started as Teaching Assistant in The Painting Dept. in The Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan Uni.

    He was Curator of Fonoon Art Gallery and Bookshop in 2005. He also worked in advertising as Illustrator.He was managing the “eka3 for Independent Music Production and Distribution” office in Cairo in 2009. He had several experiments in music videos, documentaries and short feature films


    Peter has worked in international development cooperation for over thirty years. He has managed Canada’s development program in Egypt, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Haiti, and Afghanistan and planned and managed a municipal cooperation program involving thirty countries in sub-saharan Africa. In 2011-12, he was a senior advisor in external relations and donor coordination at PAHO/WHO.

    Peter provides ongoing advice on management and effective development.