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Search for UAE’s Future Cultural Leaders concludes

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, October 18 - 2011 @ 11:44

The four successful applicants, Ms Sara Al Mulla, Ms Alia Al Sabi, Ms Khulood Khoory and Ms Amal Murad, were shortlisted, interviewed and selected by established art and culture experts in the Emirates, and were chosen for their passion and dedication to addressing cultural issues in the UAE through international knowledge exchange.

The four candidates had a clear vision for the sector in the Emirates, and a commitment to learn and share experiences with global partners. According to the organisation, the UAE is a dynamically developing cultural hub where knowledge exchange can provide residents vital access to international opportunities and networks so that they can share solutions, learn from successful models, and develop partnerships and common platforms to tackle global challenges.

“The CLI programme is aimed at finding potential leaders in the creative and cultural sector interested in developing their leadership skills and international networks, and who understand the impact culture can have in addressing wider global social and economic issues. The winners show true desire to continue to actively engage in the cultural sector of the UAE and develop it for the future. With rapid globalisation and access to every part of the world literally at our fingertips through the internet, it is crucial that any future leaders are capable of facilitating global knowledge exchange through access to international platforms such as the CLI programme,” said Michel Bechara, Head of Projects, the British Council UAE and member of the jury for CLI candidate selection.

The CLI jury consisted of prominent and established UAE cultural leaders who were able to select the winners from a pool of incredibly talented candidates.

“All candidates are passionate and dedicated to their work and to the communities they serve. These are healthy signs for future leadership of the growing cultural industry in the UAE. The British Council Program will provide the awardees with an exceptional opportunity to network with peers from other countries and advance their managerial skills,” said Dr Salwa Mikdadi – Head of Arts and Culture Programmes, Emirates Foundation

Ms Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Department said, “It was a wonderful experience to meet the future of cultural leadership in the UAE. The candidates interviewed showed immense potential and I am certain the CLI program will play the pivotal role in nurturing this potential and help shape both their personal and career development.”

“It was such a great pleasure to meet so many promising individuals working in the growing UAE cultural sector. The Cultural Leadership International programme offers an exceptional opportunity for Emirati cultural practitioners to learn new skills that will help build the cultural landscape of the Emirates while broadening possibilities for connection with potential partners around the world,” said Ms Judith Greer Associate Director, International Programmes, Sharjah Art Foundation

A four-day Leadership Development Workshop during the Istanbul Biennale, October 23 – 27, will herald the start of the programme, and involves training sessions on leadership skills and networking opportunities with the other participants.

A Professional Development Plan will help identify participants’ professional needs and goals and devising a structure to achieve these based on UK opportunities being offered by the British Council. These opportunities will take the form of courses, placements and mentorship schemes and participants will also receive a grant of £3,000 to implement their plan as well as support from the British Council in identifying suitable opportunities in the UK.

For 2011, CLI will have participants from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, UAE, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine.

According to the British Council, the successful CLI programme participants will demonstrate leadership ability, be an agent of change, possess social responsibility and awareness, have strong interpersonal and networking abilities and have an international outlook.

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