Ouafa is an expert in cultural and creative projects fundraising. She is also a researcher interested in topics related with arts and culture financing and cultural policies in the MENA and Africa Regions. She is the founder of Culture Funding Watch a leading enterprise dedicated to capacity building and intelligence gathering and monitoring art and culture financial support and to support of Art and Creative enterprises in the MENA and Africa. Culture Funding Watch’s online opportunity database focusing on Arts and Culture opportunities is unique in the region.
Ouafa Belgacem holds four Masters degrees in History, Archaeology, Business Administration and Heritage Management, she has been building capacities towards funding and financing development projects in various assignments with intergovernmental organisations as well as INGOs. She has more than 15 years of work experience in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to founding Culture Funding Watch she worked with as Oxfam GB in Myanmar and West Africa. Previously she worked with SNV in Laos as Senior Business Development Advisor and as Assistant to the Head of Finance and Contract Section for the European Commission Delegation in Cairo. Ouafa was also assigned as head of fundraising unit within the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt. Earlier, she served as consultant and trainer on cultural heritage sites management.
Ouafa has aslo been assigned as international expert to evaluate projects proposals submitted for funding to the UNESCO's International Fund for Cultural Diversity (2012-2016) as well as for European funded programme in Tunisia Tfanen-Tunisie Créative.