Karima Mansour is the founder and artistic director of the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center and works as a choreographer, performer, and teacher nationally and internationally. In addition to running her institutions, Karima also continues to create, perform, and develop her own choreographic work and language as an artist. She graduated with both a B.A. and a M.A. in Contemporary Dance from the London Contemporary Dance School after having completed her B.A. in Film from the High Institute of Cinema at the Academy of Arts in Cairo. Upon Karima’s return to Egypt in 1999, she founded MAAT for Contemporary Dance, the first independent dance company in the country. Karima is also the founder of MAAT Dance M.E.C.A (MAAT Movement for Egyptian Contemporary Art).