Facade of Hajjaj mosque
ARCE Announces New Staff

Heba Abd El Salam

U.S. Program Advisor, Alexandria headquarters

Dr. Heba Abd EL Salam earned her Ph.D. in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Central Florida. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Islamic and Coptic archaeology from Cairo University. As a part of her Ph.D. program, she has studied Egyptology at the graduate level at Middle Tennessee University under the supervision of Dr. Dawn McCormack. She has been working in and researching Egyptology and public history (museum studies and cultural heritage preservation). For the last five years, her main goal has been to learn about the best practices for public programming, museum education and historic and cultural heritage preservation because of the number of heritage site threats have increased in Egypt.  Her main goal was to find a way to connect the stakeholders with their museums and heritage sites. She has worked on several projects in Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tennessee. She spent her residency year at the British Museum and the Center of Cultural Heritage at Heidelberger University. Dr. Abd El Salam has excavated and surveyed at many sites in Egypt such as Abydos, Dakhleh Oasis and Beni Hassan.


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.


Claire Haymes 

Claire Haymes

Board Relations Manager, Alexandria headquarters

Claire Haymes is the Board Relations Manager and Board Clerk for the American Research Center in Egypt and an active freelance translator and interpreter. Claire began her career as a staff interpreter and translator for the German government’s international development program, which took her to the highest levels of government and into the homes of local communities throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. An early visit to Egypt is definitely a treasured experience from that time. Claire has since lived and worked in the US, Thailand and Greece, operating an active translation and interpreting practice from each location. Professional roles in the US have included the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Alexandria, and most recently as Program Coordinator for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. Whether writing, editing, event planning, presenting or reporting, Claire is always keen to see people coming together, understanding one another more fully, and gaining new insights from one another about the local relevance of global connections.

Originally from the United Kingdom, she obtained her Masters in Modern Languages from Oxford University (St. Hilda’s College) and Postgraduate Diploma in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Bath. She is most recently co-editor of an interfaith volume, Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice.

Claire lives, works, stitches, explores, volunteers and thrives with her husband and two sons in Del Ray, Alexandria.