Soleil Gharbieh
Grants Manager

Soleil graduated with a B.A. in French Literature (2008) from the Lebanese University. She recently joined AFAC as a Grants manager; before that she worked at CIEL, a book distribution company, from 2008 until 2014. As Ciel’s Catalogue Manager and then Book Buyer, Soleil focused on promoting literature in Lebanon and at regional and international book fairs. She was especially focused on supporting the development of the literature scene in Lebanon by providing opportunities for new and upcoming Arab authors. In 2014, Soleil married and moved to Egypt where she became heavily involved in the local independent music scene there. As Programs Manager for the Cairo Jazz Club Agency (CJC Agency), she worked on developing and managing new programs to support the growth and development of young musicians. Her projects included the 15 Minutes of Fame showcase at the bi-weekly Fel Park, an event that fused family-centered picnics and live concerts, and Mawaweel, the annual Ramadan festival at Cairo’s Darb 1718 which combined culture, music and handicraft arts. Through her role at CJC Agency, Soleil has also consulted on various music-related projects in Egypt. In 2016, she was accepted in Goethe’s Kulturakademie and spent six weeks in a specialized training program aimed at connecting Arab cultural managers with arts scenes in Berlin, Leipzig and Hamburg.

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