Moukhtar Kocache is an independent advisor and consultant with expertise in curatorial practice, media, philanthropy and cultural and civil society development. His current interests include the sustainability of independent creative platforms, cultural and social justice philanthropy, political philosophy and policy, alternative institutional structures, memory, film and material culture.
From 2004 to 2012 he was Program Officer at the Ford Foundation’s regional office in Cairo. From 1998 to 2004 he was Director of Programs and Services at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York. He is the co-founder of Rawa: Creative Palestinian Communities Fund, a participatory initiative that supports Palestinian grassroots to creatively solve community development challenges.
Moukhtar has served on the board of the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo since 2012 and has been a board member of the Open Society Foundation’s Arab Regional Office since 2017. In 2018, he joined the board of International Media Support.
He is the author of Creation Out of Crisis, A Historic Moment to Leverage Arts & Culture’s Contributions to Social Change in the Arab Region and several other reports on arts and culture and social justice philanthropy; he is also a regular lecturer and keynote speaker at educational institutions and arts and civil society fora.
He holds a BA in International Relations with a focus on diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean and an MA in Art History & Nonprofit Management.