Nomadic activist and practitioner, Agadir-born El Bennaoui earned her first B.A in Classical and Modern Arabic Studies and Literature; a second in Cultural Animation, moved to Paris to study Cultural Policies and Practices in Europe, and graduated in Cultural Projects Management with Marcel Hicter Foundation from Brussels.
She has worked as a freelance consultant for organizations active in Africa and the Arab world such as Aides Aux Musiques Innovatrices, the European Cultural Foundation, Roberto Cimetta Fund, Amuni, and The Information and Research Center at King Hussein Foundation.
El Bennaoui works also as a researcher in the Arts and Culture sector. She participated in researchers to map the funding landscape in the Arab World; to establish a placement scheme in the cultural management sector and most recently for the establishment of an African Fund for Arts and Culture.
Being familiar with the Arab world’s contemporary and urban music sector, as well as with the world music sector and its worldwide networks, El Bennaoui has been commissioned to manage international press contacts and communication with prestigious world music festivals in Morocco such as Timitar and Mawazine. She has been also hired to implement and coordinate projects, as was most recently with Lyrical Alliance, a project by Dash Arts (UK), gathering hip hop artists (Tamer Naffar from Dam, Rayess Beck, Shadia Mansour, Rabah Donquichot from MBS, Samm and Dj MK from UK) around the theme of the pre-Islamic Arabic poetic tradition known as “Al Mu’allaqat”.
She is currently coordinating the task force in charge of the project “Incubator for a Pan-African Roaming Biennial”
El Bennaoui collaborates with the Young Arab Theater Fund on strategic information and networking in the Arab world and on the international festival Meeting Points. She is also Steering Committee’ member of Arterial Network.
Since 2005, El Bennaoui has been the Coordinator of Art Moves Africa, the Mobility Fund of artists and cultural operators within Africa.
El Bennaoui speaks Tachelhit (mother tongue), Arabic and its dialects, French, English and Spanish.