12-06-2019

New Heads of Programming and Education announced, new role created to focus on strategy
Dubai, 11 May 2019: The Emirates Literature Foundation has announced three new appointments to the senior management team.
Aedan Lake becomes the lead for the Foundation’s Strategic Programme Development and Creation, with a focus on developing the year-round programme and overall strategic direction of the Foundation’s events, which includes the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Lake, a former bookseller, has held a variety of roles at the Foundation, having worked with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature from its beginning.
Flora Rees moves from Head of Education and Publishing to become Head of Programming. With a career in publishing as a senior editor for international bestselling authors such as Victoria Hislop, Rees brings a wealth of experience to the role, and will look at creating a programme that thrills, entertains and educates diverse audiences, encompassing all genres of books and the spoken and written word in all its forms.
Ranya Abdel Rahman replaces Rees as Head of Education and Publishing, moving up to the role with years of experience in the Foundation and the Education team, and a particular interest in encouraging children to read in Arabic for pleasure.
Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation said: “I am delighted to announce these important appointments which will further strengthen the management team, utilising their skills and experience to the greatest effect. All three have shown that they have a great passion for the Festival and the Foundation’s mission to champion reading in the UAE, and their leadership and contributions will be a huge asset as the Foundation moves forward, upholding the Festival’s reputation as one of the leading international literary festivals in the world.”
The 11th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature which was held from 1-9 March 2019, reached more than 45,000 people and engaged with more than 30,000 students. 100 per cent of attendees polled on the day saying that they would recommend it to a friend. Details of the 2020 Festival will be announced shortly.
Established in 2009, the Festival is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).
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