Maï El Dib
For more than a decade, Mai Eldib has played an instrumental role in promoting Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art. Mai joined Sotheby’s New York in 2008, working in 19th century paintings – with a focus on Orientalist art – as well as the jewellery department. In 2010 she relocated to Cairo, where she has been working as a consultant for Sotheby’s, travelling extensively across the MENA region supporting all sales either occurring in or pertaining to the Middle East. She has pioneered record breaking sales of a number of Egyptian and Arab Modernist artists and actively leads educational events and gallery talks. Mai also works closely with prominent Middle Eastern-focused curators such as Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Oriented and their seminal show, Surrealism in Egypt: Art Et Liberté 1938–1948. Focusing on the eponymous Egyptian artist group, it opened to great acclaim at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in October 2016 before travelling across the globe from Madrid and Dusseldorf to Liverpool and later Sweden. More recently, together with the family of Abdel Hadi Al Gazzar, one of the founders of the contemporary Egyptian art group, she is compiling a monograph and international exhibition on the artist. Mai also sits on the advisory board for MASS Alexandria – a school for Contemporary arts founded by one of Egypt's most renowned artists, Wael Shawky, in order to prepare young students for the art world. She is also on the Friends of the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation, which supports a pro-bono hospital in Aswan, Egypt focusing on operations for children with heart disease.