Alia Alzougbi

I am a leader in the creative and cultural industries, with significant experience in the education sector. Having grown and established the international cultural learning organisation Global Learning London in my role as Head, I moved on to become Joint CEO at Shubbak -- Europe's largest festival of contemporary Arab arts.

I have worked closely with national and international organisations including the British Museum, the National Theatre, Clore Leadership and the British Council to create high-profile, critical encounters that question the parameters of cultural representation and inclusion in education and the arts. I curated the launch events of the British Museum's new multi-million pound Albukhary Galler of Islamic Arts. I have produced critically-acclaimed theatre works by playwrights from Arab heritage, a number of which have gone on to tour internationally.

I am a British Council/Chevening Scholar, a Clore Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

I am recipient of the Writer’s Guild Olwen Wymark Award for encouragement of new writing in 2019 and was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland in 2008.

I am an accredited RD1st coach (with distinction) and volunteers nationally and internationally to coach and mentor people with reduced access to opportunities in the cultural industries.

How the Fellowship impacted me

Clore gave me the reflective time to recognise the strengths and aptitudes that were already within me, and made space for me to skill up in areas I was less confident about.

How I am using my skills for change

My leadership has become increasingly value-driven. I centre joy and care in the organisations I lead.