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Arthur Steiner is an art historian working at the crossroads of contemporary arts, technology, entrepreneurship and social change. In the wake of the merchants of old, Arthur traveled the Silk Road. Through his journeys he became inspired to work together with the young artists, thinkers, makers and doers in these countries. 

Arthur is the founder of Mideast Creatives, an initiative by the Hivos Foundation. Through Mideast Creatives he has supported and helped to set up 20 co-working, hacker and maker-spaces across North Africa. Currently Arthur is coordinating a new global initiative which focuses on arts and technology in 21st century Africa. 

Arthur is also chairman of the board of New Silk Roads, an organisation that supports the fundraising activities of non-profits and social enterprises, and assists investors, companies and NGOs in finding the right match abroad.