• MINA GIRGIS
    MINA GIRGIS PRODUCER & CEO

    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.

  • ANDREW REISSIGER
    ANDREW REISSIGER MUSIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR

    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
    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.

  • AGAZIT ABATE
    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.

  • AMIRA MAHMOUD
    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.

  • HADEEL ABDELKARIM
    HADEEL ABDELKARIM DESIGNER

    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
    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
    SALAM YOUSRY NILE CHOIR FACILITATOR

    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 PAPROSKI
    PETER PAPROSKI MANAGEMENT ADVISOR

    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.