Nazneen Shafi

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Nazneen R Shafi is an expert on Cultural Studies, an independent curator and Artistic Director. A student of Political Science, International Relations, Education and Art History, she spearheads projects related to education in the arts, cultural leadership, diplomacy, tourism and philanthropy.

She has lived in the UAE for 20 years working in various capacities including the Government of Dubai as the Director for Art & Culture Strategic Development at the Dubai Women Establishment. She ran pioneering projects like The Sheikha Manal Art Exchange Program and The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award.

Her primary focus has been nurturing women and emerging artists from the region.

She has curated several exhibitions including emerging Saudi women artists at the National Museum of Riyadh; women artists of the UAE at the United Nations headquarters in New York; Artistic Director of the exhibition ‘Spectrum’ for the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi; establishment of the Masters series of exhibition of museum-calibre art from private collections. She is a guest critic for Zayed University, UAE, and an observer for several educational institutions.

Currently, she is a consultant to various cultural initiatives and is establishing a new NPO entity entitled EngageME.org related to cultural and educational engagement in the Middle East.

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