Reem Kassem conducts research on how art and culture can be used to counter violent extremism, as a PhD candidate at the University of West Scotland and the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. She was previously head of performing arts at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt and a programming manager at the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. Additionally, she was a founding director of AGORA for Arts and Culture.
Kassem is an international fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a global fellow of the International Society for Performing Arts, a Chevening Scholar and a member of the African Youth Advocacy Network and Unesco’s U40 Global Network. She has been a recipient of the Pioneer of Egypt award, the Nahdet Elmahrousa award for social innovation and the Anna Lindh Foundation Award for intercultural dialog.