Facade of Hajjaj mosque
ARCE Announces New Staff


Rebecca Cook

Rebecca Cook 

Development & Membership Associate, Alexandria headquarters

ARCE is delighted to welcome Rebecca Cook as its new development & membership associate.    Rebecca has numerous years of experience working for museums and a university, including as an archaeological research assistant for Leslie Anne Warden at Roanoke College.  Originally from Massachusetts, Rebecca’s museum archival and curatorial experience includes the following:  Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, Taubman Museum of Art, and Daniels Farmstead & Museum. Rebecca graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in art history from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.




Sally El Sabbahy

Sally El Sabbahy 

Communications & Outreach Associate, Cairo center

Sally has worked as an intern and freelance writer for ARCE since August 2017. She is a cultural heritage management consultant, writer and editor. After completing her BA in Political Science, with joint minors in History and Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo, she went on to earn an MSc in Sustainable Heritage from University College London. Her research and consultation work has included sites and historic properties in Egypt, Malta and the United Kingdom. Previous to her work as a consultant, Sally was a full-time writer, covering topics such as antiquities looting and urban heritage preservation. Her primary research interests focus on the intersection between heritage preservation, sustainable practice, and community development and outreach.



Samira El-Adawy 

Programs Coordinator, Cairo center

Samira El-Adawy started on August 15 as ARCE’s Programs Coordinator. Previously, she worked for a number of NGOs, including the Norwegian Refugee Council in Monrovia, Liberia from 2011-2012 as well as for the Malawian Anti-Corruption Bureau in Lilongwe as part of the United Nations Anti-Corruption conference series in 2016. Following these positions, she moved back to Egypt after having spent most of her life abroad in study or work throughout Europe, Africa and North America. Most recently, before joining ARCE in her current position, she served as a translation project manager for ICD Translation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2015-2016 and then as a senior administrator in the Office of Athletics at the American University of Cairo from 2016-2018.

El-Adawy holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a Master of Arts in Translation from Kent State University in Ohio. Skilled in languages and cultures around the globe, El-Adawy promises to bring a wealth of experience and her dedication to Egypt’s cultural heritage to her current position.