Heba El-Cheikh is a cultural manager. She has studied French, translation, and journalism. Her working experiences range from culture management, facilitation, and interpreting to journalism and website editing. In 2009, she co-founded the Journey Cultural Group in Alexandria, aiming to promote youth creativity and critical thinking through culture and arts. Having travelled to Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA, Heba published fieldwork-based articles in French and Arabic media covering topics such as arts, traveling, local community lifestyle, culture, and legacy. In 2011, she co-founded Mahatat for contemporary art. Believing in the democratisation of the arts, Heba aims to decentralise the arts making it available to everyone, through art exhibitions in public spaces and community arts projects.
In 2012 she completed her Master's in Arts Management at Utrecht School of the Arts, with a focus on community arts and evaluation. In 2015, she published her thesis: Community Arts Evaluation Practices in Egypt.