Jens Maier-Rothe is an independent curator based between Cairo, Egypt and Berlin, Germany. He received his MFA in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, and is a fellow of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA. Together with Sarah Rifky, he is Co-Director of Beirut, a new art initiative and exhibition space in Cairo. He has realised numerous group exhibitions in Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Sweden, Taiwan and the US, and founded the curatorial research project Sonic Thinking in 2008. He has lectured and taught at universities and institutions including the School of Visual Arts, New York; Inter Arts Center, Lund University, Sweden; MASS Alexandria, Egypt; and the Villa Romana in Florence, Italy. In August 2012, he initiated, co-organised and hosted the international symposium Citizens Reporting, A Collective Memory, in Berlin, Germany.