Livia Alexander is a New York based arts executive, writer, curator and consultant. She is the Executive Director of ArteEast, a leading international non-profit organization she co-founded in 2003 to support and promote artists from the Middle East, North Africa and its diasporas. Under her leadership, she has developed successful strategies to expand the organization’s reach through visual and cultural programming at venues worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Dubai, and the Tate Modern in London. Alexander is also Programme Director for the Art & Patronage Summit: The Middle East, a London-based think-tank dedicated to investigating cultural policy and nurturing art philanthropy in the region.
Dr. Alexander holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Cinema and Middle East Studies. Her writing has appeared in a variety of scholarly publications and edited volumes, including the Journal of Visual Anthropology, Framework, MERIP, among others. She lectures and writes extensively about art policy, cultural politics and cinemas of the Middle East and has curated, managed and produced numerous film programs, exhibitions and events including Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema, 1960-Now; Tarjama/Translation, and Crossing Borders: From Algerian to Beur Cinema, in addition to overseeing ArteEast’s programming since its founding.