Geoliane Arab (Lebanon) – Independent cultural manager – Strategy & development consultant
Selected by Sciences Po Paris for WOMED 2015 (Women of the Mediterranean: Future generation of leaders), Geoliane studied law alongside theatre and performing arts at the Lebanese University and was trained in contemporary dance. She has worked as a performer, exterior eye and assistant director with local and international artists, between 2006 and 2012. She has collaborated with several international organisations on mapping the Lebanese cultural scene and identifying valuable actors and projects, thus creating opportunities for international exchange and development. She has been jury member, moderator and speaker at different international forums. She co-directed Spring Festival 2016 (LB) and organised the IETM Satellite meeting in Beirut on freedom of expression among others. Formerly cooperation manager for the Middle East at Moussem (BE), Geoliane curates and produces professional programs of international festivals (Us, the moon & the Neighbours Festival 2015 (LB), Exodos Festival 2017 (SI), Shubbak Festival 2017 (UK)). She is currently strategy and development manager at Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival (LB) and Hammana Artist House (LB). Geoliane is also member of the board of directors of IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (BE)) and member of the advisory committee of Pro Helvetia Cairo.