Emad Salem oversees Battery Dance’s finances and operations, global programs, and monitoring and evaluation. His previous experiences include advising and consulting NGO’s, multilateral organizations, and governments on public diplomacy, capacity development, education development, research methodologies, and strategic development. During his tenure at Battery Dance, Emad has led Company tours of South America, Europe, Africa, and China. He has lectured on the social impact of the arts, cultural diplomacy, evaluation, and arts administration at universities around the world and has spoken at conferences and symposia hosted by the Foreign Policy Association, World Policy Institute, 92Y, and the USC-Annenberg School of Communication, among many others. Emad holds a Masters, with a focus on Economic and Political Development, from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Dual Bachelors in International Studies and Economics from American University. Emad is originally from Cairo, Egypt and is proficient in Arabic.


Presentations / Lectures / Panels

U.S. Embassy Libreville – The Arts & Economic Development – Panel Presenter – June 11, 2017
Salzburg Global Seminar – The Arts & Resilience – Presenter – February 12, 2017
USC Annenberg School of Communication – Assessing Cultural Diplomacy Impact – Lecturer – April 30, 2015
Foreign Policy Association – The Arts and Foreign Affairs – Panelist – October 20, 2014
92Y – Movement Talks – Dance Diplomacy: Stories from the Trenches – Panelist – October 25, 2013
World Policy Institute – Beyond Cultural Diplomacy – Panelist – October 13, 2013
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy – Cultural Diplomacy Symposium USA – Lecturer June 25, 2013
Commitee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy – CECP Summit: Ahead Together – Speaker – June 3, 2013
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia – Arts Administration – Lecturer – April 3, 2013
American Corner, Bucharest, Romania – Arts Administration – Lecturer – March 22, 2013
National Academy of Theatre and Film, Bucharest, Romania – Arts Administration – Lecturer – March 18, 2013
Tanzania House of Talent, Dar es Salaam Tanzania – Arts Evaluation – Lecturer – September 11, 2012