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 (Maternity Leave)

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 / Acting Executive 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

Becky Harrison

Communications and Events Manager

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.

Bharti Bhudia

Office Manager

As the Office Manager of Arab British Centre, Bharti ensures smooth operations in a busy work environment.

Reem Hammoud

Projects and Communications Assistant

Reem is dedicated to working towards promoting delicate and nuanced understandings of societies across the MENA region and wider diasporas through the power of 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

Trustee

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

Haroun Soud Al-Mishwit

Trustee

Haroun is a Kuwaiti/American investor based in London. Haroun is the Founder and Managing Partner of Linden Hill Capital, a London-based Real Estate Private Equity firm.

Maher Maksoud

Trustee

Maher Maksoud is the CEO of Eco-Bos Developments, a subsidiary of Orascom Development Holding (ODH) since November 2018.

Lizzy Moriarty

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

Fionnuala Rogers

Fionnuala Rogers is an art and cultural heritage lawyer, who founded Canvas Art Law in 2017, a specialist law firm dedicated to supporting those in art and culture. Fionnuala has a strong connection with the Middle East having focussed the majority of her practice there for the last 8 years.