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Director, Art Jameel

Antonia Carver
Director, Art Jameel

Antonia leads the Art Jameel teams in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and oversees programmes across the arts, heritage and education. She joined in 2016 with a mandate to develop the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, and Hayy Jameel, Jeddah, and institute a new period of radical growth for the organisation. Among other roles, Antonia was previously Director of Art Dubai (2010-2016); Projects Director at Bidoun; and has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film.

Assistant Finance Manager

Ahmad Arslan Latif
Assistant Finance Manager

Ahmad Arslan is an accomplished professional in the field of accounting, graduating from Oxford Brookes University London with a degree in Applied Accounting. With a prestigious certification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), he exemplifies expertise in the intricacies of accounting. Currently pursuing an MBA at Liverpool John Moores University.Throughout his professional trajectory, Ahmad's roles have honed his skills in Financial Analysis, financial reporting, and management reporting. His extensive experience has nurtured an acute understanding of the corporate landscape, allowing him to navigate complexities with finesse.

Coordinator, Production and Design

Ansif Habib
Coordinator, Production and Design

Ansif works as Project Coordinator with the Exhibitions and Collections team, assisting on design and production of exhibitions, special commissions and events for both Hayy Jameel in Jeddah and Jameel Arts Center in Dubai. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from India. Prior to joining Art Jameel, he worked on Art Dubai’s Special Projects and in various independent capacities with artists. He also lectured at the University of Calicut, India.

Manager, Visitor Experience

Bayan Ashour
Manager, Visitor Experience

Bayan comes from a background in Psychology from The Lebanese American University and graduated with a BS in Clinical Psychology from Effat University, after working in academics, her interest grew for arts leading to the joining of Art Jameel in 2020. She organized for traditional arts learning during the one-year programme with the Prince's Foundation and worked with different workshops at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Jeddah, Al Balad. Transitioning to Hayy Jameel, Bayan leads her role in Visitors Experience, overseeing Hayy signage, wayfinding and supporting Operations team in making the Hayy visitors experience astounding.

Senior Manager, Operations and IT

Brent Galotera
Senior Manager, Operations and IT

Brent studied Information Technology and Information Systems at Brigham Young University - Hawaii. He has a passion for assisting people (and artists!) with technology, and also delves into photography and graphic design. He comes to Jameel Arts Centre having pioneered an art prize and other programmes for emerging artists in Oman.

Head of Operations

Cali Maxamed
Head of Operations

Cali oversees Hayy Jameel Operations, supporting Visitor Experience, IT including the logistics and strategies for running events and Hayy Cinema; liaising with and managing tenants and residents at Hayy. He is running existing spaces and developing new Art Jameel spaces and projects at Hayy. His most recent role was Director of Tuwaiq Sculpture (Royal Commission for Riyadh City); before this, he worked in Qatar, heading up operations at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and then Msheireb Museums, before becoming Deputy Director of the National Museum of Qatar. He has a law degree from the University of Leicester, a Postgraduate Diploma in Museums and Heritage Management from Nottingham Trent University.

Manager, Operations and Facilities

Christopher Rufo
Manager, Operations and Facilities

Chris studied Computer Engineering from Enverga University in the Philippines. Prior to joining Art Jameel, he had various experience from the construction & oil and energy sector here in the Kingdom. He is in charge of running the facility of Hayy Jameel as well as supporting events & exhibitions.

Coordinator, Administration and Operations

Danya Faisal
Coordinator, Administration and Operations

Danya works towards the integral role of supporting the team with key administrative tasks, from developing internship programs and leading the set up of the Art Jameel shop at Hayy. She holds a degree in International Relations from the University of California. Before joining Art Jameel, Danya interned at UNHCR, and has a background in Public Relations and Communications.

Coordinator, Events and Programmes

Dania Jaber
Coordinator, Events and Programmes

Dania is a multi-disciplinary creative with a background in architecture and design. As an emerging professional, she positioned herself in the realms of art and culture. She most recently joined Art Jameel's team as an Events and Programme Coordinator. Driven by her passion and curiosity, she aspires to contribute by being involved in projects that address artistic and creative outlets, human connection and community engagement. Her enthusiastic and collaborative nature pushes her to navigate and combine different disciplines whilst learning new methods to create opportunities, reach goals and embody growth.

Manager, Community Programmes

Eiman El Naiem
Manager, Community Programmes

Eiman joins Hayy Jameel to lead on in-house community events and programmes in the performing and creative arts for a wider audience. Previously, she managed education and society programmes for the British Council Saudi Arabia and has worked overseas for donors and NGOs within the international development sector over the past decade. Eiman holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations & Economics from the University of Reading. She enjoys learning about history and is drawn to art dealing with themes of identity, migration and political discourse.

Senior Manager, Community Partnerships

Fatima Mazeh
Senior Manager, Community Partnerships

Fatima is managing the Jameel House in the historical area of Jeddah, in addition to leading Art Jameel's capacity-building programmes in digitisation of heritage in Saudi Arabia. At the moment, Fatima is overseeing the interiors & furniture fitout of Hayy Jameel. Her previous role at the British Council included managing women's empowerment, education, and events programmes along with outreach.

Assistant, Communications

Hanouf AlDouqi
Assistant, Communications

Hanouf is an English Literature and Linguistics graduate from King Abdulaziz University and has a Certificate in Filmmaking from the National Film and Television School in London. She is an avid reader of history and arts; with a versatile experience working with Effat University, Arwa AlArabiea Publishing House, and Saudi Gazette, which greatly benefits her multitasking role as a Communication Assistant.

Projectionist, Cinema

Jaime Bancolita
Projectionist, Cinema

Jaime is a skilled projectionist with six years of experience in the cinema industry. He have honed his expertise by working at esteemed cinemas in Saudi Arabia, including General Commission for Audio Visual Media, before joining Hayy Jameel. Jaime's unwavering commitment to delivering seamless movie screenings is fueled by his passion for creating exceptional visual and audio experiences for audiences. With a deep understanding of various projection technologies, Jaime possesses the knowledge and skills needed to operate and maintain equipment with precision. Jaime is responsible for monitoring the cinema's playlist and handling technical cinema projector operations.

Assistant, Cinema Usher and Ticketing

Jood Fallatah
Assistant, Cinema Usher and Ticketing

Jood is the front face of the cinema team. Her responsibilities center around the ticketing booth and guiding all visitors to have the best experience possible at Hayy Cinema. She has an administrative background and currently is pursuing her bachelor's degree. Her interest includes diving, painting, and reading.

Assistant, Operations and Facilities

Louie Gecoso
Assistant, Operations and Facilities

Louie is graduated as computer system technician from AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC). He is a seasoned professional, holding the title of a Registered Master Electrician and an esteemed member of the Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE). His technical prowess extends to Technical Vocational Training in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC). honing his skills at Technocycle Corporation in Beñan Laguna, Philippines, from 2004 to 2012. During this period his responsibilities included the installation and fabrication of diverse air conditioning systems in both buildings,residential and industrial settings. In 2016 louie embraced new challenges with Arabian Homes Company in Jeddah, Kindom of Saudi Arabia. Where his expertise in HVAC and Electrical works flourished until 2023. Louie’s journey showcases his dedication to field, and hands-on experience in the intricate realms of electrical systems and air conditioning technology.

Senior Manager, Learning

Maria Alem
Senior Manager, Learning

Maria works to cultivate a culture of life-long learning within all aspects of Hayy, from arranging school visits to designing learning kits to organizing public workshops. Maria also facilitates Hayy Learning, a community educational platform offering bespoke courses to people of all ages and levels of expertise. Before joining Hayy, Maria lectured at DAH University and worked as a researcher at Darat Safeya Binzagr. Maria holds a BA in Philosophy and Middle Eastern studies from Brown University and an MA from SOAS, University of London.

Manager, Strategy and Outreach

Murad El Zagal
Manager, Strategy and Outreach

Murad studied architecture in the USA and Jordan and practiced architectural design in the UAE prior to joining Art Jameel where he now holds a particular interest in cross-disciplinary approaches to diversifying audiences and maximizing institutional impact in the regional creative and cultural scene. Murad focuses on utilizing strategic design-thinking to deliver impact while engaging with new technologies in special projects and initiatives.

Assistant, Support and Operations

Nawwaf Fadil
Assistant, Support and Operations

Nawwaf joined the Art Jameel family in 2018, working as an assistant covering different operational tasks for The Jameel House of Traditional Arts and Hayy Jameel.

Assistant, Visitor Experience

Omar Rufay
Assistant, Visitor Experience

Omar graduated from King Abdulaziz University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Before joining Hayy Jameel, Omar gained in-depth experience in project management, he also worked as a Customer Experience representative in Jeddah Season. Recently, Omar completed his internship with the Visitor Experience department at Art Jameel, in which he built on his expertise by crafting a more holistic and seamless vision for visitors. Because of his unique blend of artistic sensibility and business acumen, he is an outstanding asset when it comes to creating unforgettable experiences for those who appreciate and are curious about creativity within the region.

Graphic Designer

Reema Abdulghaffar
Graphic Designer

Reema is a Saudi-based visual communication designer and typography enthusiast. Among her previous occupations at Al Balad Historic District, Jeddah and JAX District, Diriyah — arts and culture has become a vital part in her career and design practice.

Senior Manager, Communications

Ruba Alsweel
Senior Manager, Communications

Ruba develops strategic, integrated and global communications for Art Jameel across Saudi Arabic and the UAE. She studied media and creative industries at Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and went on to work as a journalist, writing extensively on art from and about the region for publications such as VICE, Vogue and Art Asia Pacific.

Coordinator, Human Resources

Rana Bustaji
Coordinator, Human Resources

Rana graduated from Effat University majoring in Organization Behavioral Psychology which allowed her to achieve a variety of different experiences. Her role mainly focuses on Human Resources operation and contributing to developing and improving the employee experience in a Hayy Jameel. Rana practices art through drawing as a hobby, and she's very interested in all kinds of art.

Coordinator, Communications

Rayan Khayat
Coordinator, Communications

Rayan is a passionate writer and editor who has experience in journalism, content creation, and marketing. He studied Design Management at Parsons the New School, and Humanities, Political Science, and English at the University of Oregon. Other areas of interest and pursuit include literature, photography, and design.

Curator, Exhibitions

Rotana Shaker
Curator, Exhibitions

Rotana is Curator working closely with the team to execute exhibitions, publications and commissions at Art Jameel. Prior to joining, she was the MODA 2020 Curatorial Fellow at the Wallach Art Gallery, New York, and subsequently a curatorial fellow at Punk Orientalism. She was Assistant Curator of the Saudi Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Rotana received her BS in Psychology and Art History from Tufts University and her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art from Columbia University.

Assistant, Learning and Visitor Experience

Rahaf Shujaa
Assistant, Learning and Visitor Experience

Rahaf studied Management Information Systems at Taif University and she is a versatile professional with a diverse background in Business Administration, Retail Sales and Freelance Artistry. Her experience as an Administrator and Data Analyst at a kindergarten honed her communication skills with children. As a freelance artist, Rahaf not only excelled in her artistry but also gained valuable experience in retail sales and communication skills. Her achievements include winning local prizes, participating in comic conventions in Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh and Jeddah, contributing as an artist for a published manga. Driven by her passion for art and her desire to make a meaningful impact in the creative industry, Rahaf has joined Art Jameel. In her role, she aspires to support and facilitate the exploration of artistic potential among individuals.

Senior Accountant

Sarah Atbi
Senior Accountant

Sara holds a degree in Finance from the University of Business and Technology. With a comprehensive background encompassing five years of experience in the finance sector, she specializes in budgeting and financial analysis. Sara has obtained a CME certificate and continues to pursue further certifications in this field. Beyond her financial expertise, she harbors a fervent passion for arts, music, and cultural pursuits.

Coordinator, Library and Research

Sara Hammami
Coordinator, Library and Research

Sara is in love with all that encompass poetics and language. She is passionate about all things to do with writing and its various forms of ephemera, and looks forward to facilitating a library space that is welcoming, exciting, and reflects Jeddah back to itself. It is her deepest hope that Hayy’s library grows into a space that is widely accessible, engaging, and makes a home in many people’s hearts. Sara has a degree in Creative Writing with a minor in Book Arts from Pratt Institute. When she is not reading, writing, or looking for her next project, she is thinking and dreaming of what life must be like underwater.

Coordinator, Learning

Sahrish Ali
Coordinator, Learning

Sahrish assists with Learning Programmes at Hayy Jameel and specializes in children's education by researching and designing comprehensive creative projects that incorporate STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Her interests include creating inclusive learning spaces, open-source projects, experimentation around methods and materials in the art and sonic urbanism realms. She has a background in computer science, education and art. Sahrish’s current research and focus lies in looking at nature reserves along with land-use best practices, the relationship between humans, sound, and place, and looking into accessible kids and adult maker-spaces.

Manager, Finance

Shahbaz Shaikh
Manager, Finance

Shahbaz is an Accounts Manager at Art Jameel, He brings his expertise in financial analysis along with budgeting and reporting. He Assists the regional financial manager and CFO in strong financial governance with continuously improving Internal Controls and audit. He has over 14 years of experience in Finance and Accounting.

Assistant, Retail and Visitor Experience

Wafi Maghrabi
Assistant, Retail and Visitor Experience

Wafi studied Creative Design of Advertising from University of Business & Technology and He has experience in branding guidelines and Public relations, his passion for the creative industry is driving him to indulge himself to new experiences . Wafi handles day-to-day activities of the Hayy Jameel shop in addition to managing it's inventory.

Coordinator, IT and AV

Yousif Nmnkani
Coordinator, IT and AV

Yousif graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston, in IT-system administration. Prior to joining Art Jameel, he had various experiences as an IT help desk in Boston, also he was in charge of the IT department in FB restaurant, and coffee shops retail in Jeddah. Yousif is handling the audio/visual of Hayy Jameel besides his IT tasks. Professional videographer and video editor with 5+ years of experience with advanced video editing skills.

Senior Manager, Cinema

Zohra Ait El Jamar
Senior Manager, Cinema

Zohra is Senior Manager for Hayy Cinema, an eclectic role across cinema management and operations, programming, collaborations. Zohra was previously working in cultural diplomacy for the French Embassy – as the Audiovisual & Creative Industries Attaché to the GCC, including Saudi and before being based in Abu Dhabi, in a similar role at the Consulate in Jerusalem and Palestine. She started her studies in Psychology and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science specialized in Media and Audience from French Institute of Press, Paris and Creative Industries from University Vincennes Saint-Denis, Paris.