Emad Salem is Vice President and COO, Battery Dance, New York City, where he has advanced through a series of positions since 2011. Currently, he is responsible for the Company’s finances and operations, global programs, and monitoring and evaluation. At Battery Dance, he has led Company tours of South America, Europe, Africa, and China; has lectured on the social impact of the arts, cultural diplomacy, evaluation, and arts administration at universities around the world; and has spoken at conferences and symposia hosted by the Foreign Policy Association, World Policy Institute, 92Y, and the USC-Annenberg School of Communication, among many others.
Before joining Battery Dance, Emad served as executive producer of Botswana on Broadway, a 50-artist musical; as a consultant and grants manager for The Cambodia Project; as a program development volunteer for Grameen America; and as a research consultant for the UN Development Program. He holds a Masters, with a focus on Economic and Political Development, from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Dual Bachelors in International Studies and Economics from American University. Emad was born in Cairo, Egypt, and is proficient in Arabic.