Who we are

Throughout the past 40 years The Arab British Centre has grown and diversified its work whilst staying true to its founding mission to encourage understanding of the Arab world and promote Arab culture in the United Kingdom, supporting over 40 like-minded organisations since its establishment.

The Arab British Centre is run by a small but dedicated team of staff and trustees.

Nadia El-Sebai

Executive Director

As an experienced arts professional with extensive knowledge of the Middle East, Nadia has developed a keen interest and understanding of the ways in which creativity can facilitate inter-cultural dialogue between the UK and the Arab world.

Amani Hassan

Programme Director

Amani is passionate about arts and particularly about Middle Eastern Arts & Culture. She earned her MA Degree in Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts

Rosa Pérez

Communications and Events Officer

Rosa joined The Arab British Centre in January 2015. She is passionate about the Arab world, its language, people and specially its arts and culture.

Sir Derek Plumbly

Chairman / Trustee

Sir Derek Plumbly has long experience as a diplomat and international official in the Arab world. From 2012 to 2015 he was the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

Randa Achmawi


Randa Achmawi is a journalist, political commentator and consultant on MENA region politics and inter-cultural affairs based in London and Cairo

Maytham Akbar


Maytham Akbar is an Investment Banker with Deutsche Bank. Maytham has worked with the firm since 2005 following his Politics and Economics degree at the University of York.

Haroun Soud Al-Mishwit


Haroun is a Kuwaiti/American investor based in London. He currently works with Goldman Sachs International in an investment role.

Laila El Baradei


Laila El Baradei is qualified as a lawyer in England and New York and is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Georgetown University and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Brian Constant CBE

Hon. Treasurer / Trustee

Between 1957 and 1970 Brian worked in various managerial posts for the Ottoman Bank in Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Sudan and Abu Dhabi.

Lizzy Moriarty


Lizzy has worked in the museum sector for over fifteen years most recently at the British Museum where she was responsible for developing the Museum’s international partnerships through consultancy and capacity building projects.

Saeed Taji Farouky


Saeed Taji Farouky is a Palestinian-British filmmaker and artist who has been producing work around themes of conflict, human rights and colonialism since 1998.