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.

Project Coordinator, Exhibitions

Ansif Habib
Project Coordinator, Exhibitions

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.

Visitors Experience Coordinator, Operations

Bayan Ashour
Visitors Experience Coordinator, Operations

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.

Manager, Operations and IT

Brent Galotera
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.

Facility Supervisor

Christopher Rufo
Facility Supervisor

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.

Administrative, Operations

Danya Faisal
Administrative, 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 and has an interest in woman's development and heritage in the Kingdom. Before joining Art Jameel, Danya interned at UNHCR, and has a background in Public Relations and Communications.

Events and Programme Coordinator

Dania Jaber
Events and Programme Coordinator

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.

Partnerships and Business Development Senior Manager

Fatima Mazeh
Partnerships and Business Development Senior Manager

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.

Manager, Learning

Maria Alem
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.

Cinema Assistant

Nosair Al Zahrani
Cinema Assistant

Nosair handles sales and ticketing at the box office for Cinema Hayy. As a film buff, he is the front face of Hayy Cinema and advises and hosts the public. He has a strong passion for filmmaking and hopes to direct a feature film of his own one day. He's currently studying Software Engineering at the University of Jeddah.

Driver, Operations

Nawwaf Fadil
Driver, Operations

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

Manager, Communications

Ruba Alsweel
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.

HR Coordinator, Human Resources

Rana Bustaji
HR 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.

Curator, Exhibitions

Rahul Gudipudi
Curator, Exhibitions

Rahul is Exhibitions Curator at Art Jameel, working on exhibitions and programmes at Jameel Arts Centre and Hayy Jameel, Jeddah. Present interests include socio-technics, learning and translocal transdisciplinary community practices. He is currently a member of the curatorial advisory and editorial board for the New Alphabet School programme at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and curatorial advisor at The Story of Foundation, a transdisciplinary learning platform in Goa, India.

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.

Assistant Curator, Exhibitions

Rotana Shaker
Assistant Curator, Exhibitions

Rotana is Assistant Curator working closely with the team to execute exhibitions at Hayy, in particular the planning and delivering of the opening exhibition and its related programs. Prior to joining Hayy she was the MODA 2020 Curatorial Fellow at the Wallach Art Gallery, and subsequently a curatorial fellow at Punk Orientalism, working alongside the global curator Sara Raza. She is interested in contemporary art, with a particular focus on themes of archives, history, and identity. Rotana received her BS in Psychology and Art History from Tufts University and her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art from Columbia University.

Deputy Director, Art Jameel

Sara Al Omran
Deputy Director, Art Jameel

Sara oversees Art Jameel’s regional and international strategy and is leading Art Jameel’s KSA initiatives and projects including the development and launch of Hayy Jameel, Jeddah’s first dedicated cultural complex and creative hub. Prior to joining Art Jameel, Sara was a Management Consultant, advising private and public sector clients including the not-for-profit, education and culture sectors.

Account Manager, Finance

Shahbaz Sheikh
Account 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.

IT and AV Coordinator

Yousif Nmnkani
IT and AV Coordinator

Yousif graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston, in IT Systems Administration. Prior to joining Art Jameel, he has had various experiences at an IT help desk in Boston. In addition, he was in charge of the IT department in F&B restaurants, and coffee shop retails in Jeddah. Yousif is handling the audio/visual of Hayy Jameel aside from his IT tasks. He is also a professional videographer with 5+ years of experience in 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.