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Ahlam Bolooki

Ahlam Bolooki

Ahlam Bolooki is the Director of the Emirates Festival of Literature – the Middle East’s

Allison K Williams

Allison K Williams

Allison K Williams is the author of Get Published in Literary Magazines and Seven Drafts:

Amandeep Bhangu

Amandeep Bhangu

Amandeep Bhangu is an international presenter-reporter and filmmaker, with 10 years’

Bilal Orfali

Bilal Orfali

Bilal Orfali, Ph.D. (2009), Yale University, is Sheikh Zayed Chair for Arabic and Islamic

Brandy Scott

Brandy Scott

Brandy Scott is the co-host of The Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8. Brandy’s career has

Ciarán Kelly

Ciarán Kelly

Ciarán is an educator with over 20 years’ experience across the entire age spectrum from early

Dhuha Awad

Dhuha Awad

Dhuha Awad was born in London, lived in six different countries and is currently based in

Flora Rees

Flora Rees

Flora Rees has more than 20 years’ experience in the UK publishing industry. She joined the

Hani Yakan

Hani Yakan

An Engineer by profession and an artist at heart, Hani Yakan has a passion to be onstage,

Hazem Ibrahim

Hazem Ibrahim

Hazem Ibrahim is a Certified Translator and Interpreter and Reports Writer at CNBC Arabia TV,

Hend Saeed

Hend Saeed

Formerly the Arabic Programme Manager for the Festival, Hend Saeed is a bilingual literary

Jonathan Siklos

Jonathan Siklos

Long-time UAE resident and bookworm Jonathan Siklos is a corporate super sleuth by day. By

Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler is an experienced journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than

Kevin Hasler

Kevin Hasler

Kevin Hasler is back for his sixth consecutive year as a Festival moderator.  A former

Lamya Tawfik

Lamya Tawfik

Lamya Tawfik is a media professional in Dubai working as a presenter, writer, translator and

Lana Shamma

Lana Shamma

Lana Shamma is Head of Public Programmes and Partnerships at Art Jameel. Her focus is on the

Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh

Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh

A writer, researcher and co-founder of Rouya Consultancy, specialising in cultural

Mutaz Quteineh 


Mutaz Quteineh 


Writer, journalist, and entrepreneur. He works in the culture sector, publishing and media. In

Rachel McArthur

Rachel McArthur

Rachel McArthur is a Dubai-based journalist and editor, with over a decade of experience in

Rehan Khan

Rehan Khan

An avid observer of history and the many cross-cultural connections it unearths, Rehan Khan has

Safia Al Shehi

Safia Al Shehi

Safia Al Shehi is an Emirati TV presenter, moderator, writer, voiceover artist and MC for

Saira Ansari

Saira Ansari

Saira Ansari is a researcher and writer with an interest in South Asian art history, global

Sally Mousa

Sally Mousa

Sally is an international presenter and speaker who has interviewed many of the world’s most

Sara Hamdan

Sara Hamdan

Sara Hamdan is currently editor of Think with Google MENA, a hub for all things digital

Sheikh Salem Bin Faisal Al-Qassimi

Sheikh Salem Bin Faisal Al-Qassimi

Salem Al-Qassimi is the Founder and Principal of Fikra — a design-led educational platform that

Sujata Assomull

Sujata Assomull

London-born Sujata Assomull is a Dubai-based journalist and author of 100 Iconic Bollywood

Tamara Clarke

Tamara Clarke

Tamara Clarke is an American expat and former software developer based in Abu Dhabi, where she

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