Meet the team

Carina van den Hoven
Mission Director

Carina is Research Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for the Near East, Leiden University. She obtained a double PhD degree in Egyptology at Leiden University and the École Pratique des Hautes Études/Université Paris Sciences et Lettres. Carina's expertise and research interests in Egyptology are in the function and materiality of Ancient Egyptian temple decoration and tomb decoration, and the practices and rituals they reflect. Her research addresses in particular the topics of textual and iconographic transmission processes, uses and reuses of the past, cultural memory, and cultural identity in Ancient Egypt. Carina's research interests also include cultural heritage management and the field of Digital Humanities and its applications to Egyptology, in particular the use of photogrammetry, digital epigraphy and digital imaging techniques in the documentation and material analysis of ancient wall paintings.

Bianca Madden

Bianca is a conservator who specialises in wall paintings, sculpture, and polychrome or gilded surfaces. She holds an MSc from University College London in Sustainable Heritage, covering conservation issues, methodologies, policies and practice, encompassing sites, built heritage, and collections. Bianca has a long-term involvement in the conservation of tomb painting and sculpture in Egypt.

Matjaž Kačičnik

Matjaž is a Slovenian professional photographer/photojournalist living in Cairo. He specialises in documenting cultural heritage and archaeological sites. Matjaž holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ljubljana. Since 2004, he has worked with a variety of projects documenting Egypt’s unique material and cultural legacies, photographing pharaonic tombs and Cairo’s Islamic and Coptic monuments.

Azab Taie Osman

Azab is the rais (foreman) of the project. He supervises the workmen and provides invaluable technical and practical assistance to the project.  

Entesar Abd Alsabour Mosa
MoA conservator fieldwork season February-March 2019

Entesar was our MoA conservator during the third fieldwork season in February-March 2019.  

Tayseer Saad Eldin Elrifei Mohamed
Inspector fieldwork season February-March 2019

Tayseer was our inspector during the third fieldwork season in February-March 2019.  

Saad Kenawy Mohamed
Inspector fieldwork season November 2018

Saad was our inspector during the second fieldwork season in November 2018.  

Mohamed Ahmed Selim
Inspector fieldwork season March 2018

Mohamed was our inspector during the first fieldwork season in March 2018.  


We closely cooperate with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and with our Egyptian colleagues at the Inspectorate of Antiquities on the West Bank of Luxor in the study and preservation of Egypt’s cultural heritage. We thank all the members of the Ministry of Antiquities and the Luxor Inspectorate of Antiquities for their continued support and assistance:
Dr. Khaled el-Enany, Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General, Dr. Nashwa Gaber, Director of Foreign Missions Affairs and Permanent Committees, Dr. Mohamed Yehia, General Director of Antiquities for Upper-Egypt, Dr. El Kazfy El Azab, General Director of Antiquities for Luxor, Mr. Fathy Yasin Abd el-Karim, General Director of the West Bank of Luxor, Mr. Bahaa Abd el-Gaber Badawy, Director of the West Bank of Luxor, Mr. Ramadan Ahmed Ali Ahmed, General Director of Foreign Missions of the West Bank of Luxor, Mr. Ezz el-Din Kamal el-Nuby, Director of the Middle Area of the West Bank of Luxor, Mr. Ahmed Boughdadi, Chief Inspector of the Middle Area of the West Bank of Luxor.

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Theban Tomb 45. © TT45 Project, Matjaz Kacicnik.