Dr. Reham El Sayed

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Enhancing Management of Egyptian Cultural Heritage Sites: A Capacity Building ProgramEgypt

Dr. Reham El Sayed is an archaeologist and historian specializing in ancient Egyptian history. Dr. El Sayed pursued her education at Cairo University, where she graduated from the Faculty of Archaeology's Egyptology Department in 2008. She continued her higher education pursuits studies at Cairo University, going on to receive a master's degree in Ancient History from the Department of Post Graduate African Studies in 2016 and receiving a PhD Degree in Ancient History in 2022.

In addition to her academic pursuits, since 2012, Dr. El Sayed has been an integral part of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), contributing their expertise in various departments and archaeological sites. Her involvement includes roles at the Repatriation Department, Site Management Unit, The Permanent Committee Department and the Central Administration of Upper Egyptian Antiquities. In addition, Dr. El Sayed has participated in numerous archaeological projects, undertaking excavation and site management responsibilities at the Giza Plateau, the Memphis Site and Community Development Project (MSCD), Saqqara, Abu Sir and Luxor.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Enhancing Management of Egyptian Cultural Heritage Sites: A Capacity Building Program

Dr. El Sayed's project was a capacity building program that enhanced 13 Egyptian undergraduate students and early career professionals' capacity to manage cultural heritage sites. It increased participants' skills in the area of cultural heritage site management through trainings, site visits and interactive dialogues between expert guest speakers and participants. Some of the site visits included Historic Cairo’s Al-Moez street, Saqqara and Memphis. Additionally, project participants produced a digital archive to document their work and the project trainings.


"I was lucky to have this training I'd like to discover more about site management and community engagement. Also, I like how we work together in a team. As a recent graduate, I acquired and benefited from the experienced participants." - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Dr. Reham El Sayed was a participant in the IVLP Project Cultural Heritage Preservation in Virtual Reality, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Dr. El Sayed's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "I was inspired by the impressive tools and advanced technology used in cultural heritage preservation in several institutions all over the USA, especially the Smithsonian's use of advanced technology and the Presidential Residences in Charlottesville's site management and interpretation."

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; Pensacola, FL; Reno, NV

"I am fortunate to have participated in the IVLP program, and I hope to extend what I learned to others." - Dr. Reham El Sayed

Country: Egypt

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