Olga Bialostocka grew up in Poland. She has a Masters in Ancient History and holds a PhD in Archaeology. She also completed postgraduate Development Studies. Having worked for several years in Egypt and Sudan restoring monuments of ancient civilizations, she recently switched research interests. Olga is currently working as a researcher at the Africa Institute of South Africa in the HSRC, focusing on culture as a pillar of and a resource for sustainable development. B&W photography and travelling are her main passions.