Mahnaz Fancy, Executive Director
Executive Director since February 2013, Mahnaz Fancy has built a career as an entrepreneurial leader of several initiatives in Middle Eastern, South Asian and Islamic arts and culture by applying her early experience as a scholar of the arts & culture of the Middle East and South Asia. Over fifteen years of working closely with international philanthropists, collectors and art patrons in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and South Asia, she has launched several high-visibility and innovative not-for- profit cultural initiatives. Her previous positions include Acting Executive Director of the American Pakistan Foundation, Director of Development of the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, Executive Director of Arts of the Islamic World, and Executive Director of IndoCenter of Art & Culture. Ms. Fancy’s deep expertise in strategic development of start-up and transition stages of small and mid-sized organizations allow her a deep experience in the field to lead ArteEast through an important transition and to take the necessary steps to developing a sustainable organization.
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Nadia Alireza, Program Assistant
Nadia Alireza graduated from NYU in May 2012 with a B.F.A in Studio Art. She joined ArteEast in February 2013 as a Program Assistant.
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Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Director of Film Programs & NAAS Director
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Barrak Alzaid, Managing Editor, ArteEast Quarterly
Barrak Alzaid is Director at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai) and current Managing Editor of the ArteEast Quarterly. Prior to assuming his role as Director of Gallery IVDE, Barrak Alzaid was Artistic Director of ArteEast. In this role he developed and launched an international residency initiative that included The Watermill Center (New York) and The Sultan Gallery (Kuwait). In addition he has curated a monthly artist talk series featuring leading artists and curators, and he remains the chief editor of the ArteEast Quarterly, a dynamic online portal featuring three publications that highlight contemporary art, literature culture from the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, North Africa and the diaspora. He coordinated the first public March Meeting in 2010 with the Sharjah Art Foundation.
Additional curatorial work at ArteEast include antinormanybody  and The Anti-Artist Talks at Performa 11 . He acted as co-editor and curator of For Lives Undone: Gaza Summons its Writers to Speak, an online publication featuring works by Gazan writers, and a series of literary salons at Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe . Most recently he was the producer for the New York edition of the Cairo-based TransDance Festival and has produced works at Socrates Sculpture Park, Center for Performance Research, and New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. In January 2012 he was a curator-in-residence at The Delfina Foundation.
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