Fatma is an Egyptologist, heritage outreach expert, and a storyteller. Through her work at archaeological sites in Egypt, Sudan, and Europe, she developed her expertise in archaeology and heritage outreach. Her encounters with local communities have allowed her to explore the overwhelming richness of Egyptian heritage, how it is perceived, and how it can be regenerated through and for its people.

Fatma has worked with several local and international institutions and was the director of the archaeology and architecture section at the Center of Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage at the Library of Alexandria. She acts as consultant for projects and institutions in the fields of archaeological site management, heritage outreach, and community engagement.

In January 2020, Fatma received the cheer-leading award of the "Golden Cubes" competition from the Egyptian House of Architecture for her first published story “A Tale of Shutb”. The story documents the heritage of Shutb village and was produced as part of the Asyut Region Project of the British Museum.

Fatma recently finished her PhD dissertation at the Free University of Berlin on an ethno-archaeological study of streets and open courtyards from modern Nubia and ancient Egyptian settlements from the Predynastic Period to the end of the Middle Kingdom.

Her current research concentrates on reconstructing the little-known history of Egyptian Egyptology and on exploring the perceptions of history by contemporary Egyptians. In 2019, she founded her own initiative "The Place and the People" for heritage outreach and education.

As Grant Administrator Fatma oversees the implementation of the EES Heritage at Risk Grant launched in 2021 ensuring that funds raised by donors are spent effectively resulting in the best impact for tangible and intangible heritage across Egypt.