Dubai 2018

April 8-10 | Hosted by Alserkal Avenue

The Global Cultural Districts Network met in Dubai in April 2018, hosted by Alserkal Avenue. A summary of the convening is available – please contact for a copy.


Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Founder and Patron, Alserkal Avenue
Manal Ataya, Director-General, Sharjah Museums Authority
BC Biermann, Founder, Heavy Projects, Los Angeles
Nadine Bitar, Chief Placemaking Officer and Director, Place Making
Ole Bouman, Director, Design Society
Bill Bragin, Executive Artistic Director, The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi
Karen Brooks Hopkins, Senior Fellow in Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Former President, BAM, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Antonia Carver, Director, Art Jameel
Bjørnstjerne Reuter Christiansen, Artist, SUPERFLEX
James Doeser, Researcher
Mariana Duarte Silva, Co-founder & Director, Village Underground Lisboa
Adrian Ellis, Director, AEA Consulting
Douglas Gautier, CEO & Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre
Donald Hyslop, Head of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, Tate Galleries
Dr. Maxime Jaffré, Research Fellow, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Anna Jobson, Director of Change Management, University of the Arts, London
Stephen Jolly, Head of Cultural Sector, BuroHappold
Vilma Jurkute, Director, Alserkal Avenue
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Chief Executive, Barbican Centre
Joel Kremer, Director of the Kremer Collection and Co-Founder, Kremer Museum of Golden Age of Dutch Art
Dr. Lee, Managing Director, Platform 61
Kevin McMahon, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Annette Mees, Head of Audience Labs, Royal Opera House
H.E. Dr. Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs
Daniel Payne, Principal, AEA Consulting
Beatrice Pembroke, Director, GCDN
Duncan Pescod, CEO, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Joachim Pflieger, Director General, Fondation Fiaminco, Paris
Manuel Rabaté, Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi
Dr. Elena Raevskikh, Researcher and Data Scientist / Analyst, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Sunny Rahbar, Co-founder, The Third Line gallery, Al Quoz (Alserkal Avenue)
Fiammetta Rocco, Culture Editor, The Economist
Clorinda Romo, Director of Planning and Creative Projects, Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Mexico City
eL Seed, French/Tunisian artist, graffiti/street art, Artist
Claire Spencer, Chief Executive, Arts Centre Melbourne
Angelina Teo, Director, National Museum of Singapore
Nato Thompson, Chief Curator, Philadelphia Contemporary
Zelfira Tregulova, General Director, Tretyakov Gallery
Laura Zucker, Senior Fellow with the Masters in Arts Management Program, Claremont Graduate University; Former Executive Director, LA County Arts Commission


Alserkal Avenue

Sharjah Museums Authority

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Dubai Opera

Burj Khalifa


Attendance is open to GCDN members or by invitation. If you are interested in attending, please email

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