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.
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 is passionate about arts and particularly about Middle Eastern Arts & Culture. She earned her MA Degree in Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts
Communications and Events Officer
Becky Harrison has been dedicated to promoting intercultural dialogue through the arts, with an emphasis on literature, since graduating from her MA in Comparative Cultural Analysis in 2015. Before starting her role at the ABC in June 2018, she worked at the Bradford Literature Festival and at Comma Press, an independent publisher in Manchester specialising in short fiction and translations from the Middle East.
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 is a journalist, political commentator and consultant on MENA region politics and inter-cultural affairs based in London and Cairo
Maytham Akbar is an Investment Banker. Maytham has worked with the firm since 2005 following his Politics and Economics degree at the University of York.
Haroun is a Kuwaiti/American investor based in London. He currently works with Goldman Sachs International in an investment role.
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.
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 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 is a Palestinian-British filmmaker and artist who has been producing work around themes of conflict, human rights and colonialism since 1998.