Aser El Saqqa is curator, founder and director of Arts Canteen, an arts organisation which aims to shine a spotlight on art from the Arab world, especially his native Palestine, in the UK. He is also associated curator of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (2016) and Nour Festival (music, 2016),
In the 1990s, Aser has worked in cultural affairs for the Palestinian Ministry of Culture. After some years in London working as a business analyst he decided to establish Arts Canteen. This was prompted by his belief to bring exciting art and music from the Arab world to the attention of the UK audiences.