Moukhtar Kocache is Program Officer at the Ford Foundation. Born in Lebanon and raised in France, he moved to the US before joining the Foundation in 2004 and moving to its office in Egypt. He works on the development and sustainability of arts and cultural spaces, networks and service infrastructure. His grant-making supports small to mid-sized organizations and focuses on creativity, discourse, arts education and cultural development in Egypt, occupied Palestine and Lebanon with some programming in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Moukhtar also programs and manages a cluster of grants that support alternative and emerging media platforms and media reform agendas, as well as a cluster of grants that support the development of local philanthropy in the MENA region. From 1998 to 2004, he was Director of Programs and Services at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council a leadings arts council in the US where he ran residencies, public art programs, exhibitions, festivals and support services to artists and arts organizations. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, art history and nonprofit management. A trained and practicing arts manager and curator, he has lectured and taught at museums, universities and nonprofit venues internationally. His current interests include the sustainability of independent creative platforms, cultural and social justice philanthropy, political philosophy and policy, film as a medium of self-representation and the stuff that falls through the cracks.