07/08/2009 10:52 PM | Staff Report
Dubai: A total of 34 cultural leaders from the UK, Western Europe, North America, North Africa and Near and Middle East, including Nasir Bin Hashim from the UAE, participated in a two-day programme to launch the British Council's new Cultural Leadership International programme (CLI).
CLI is the first network of its kind. It aims to help develop future cultural leaders in order to cultivate international partnerships and collaborations modelled on the UK's cultural leadership expertise.
It will provide opportunities for the international exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas, and support people in fulfilling their potential and realising their aspirations.
In the Middle East, CLI has been developed in partnership with key local practitioners and cultural organisations in response to their feedback on the opportunities and issues faced by the sector in the region.
By creating new long-lasting international relationships CLI will open more doors for cultural organisations in the region and strengthen the contribution individuals can make to driving their organisations forward for future success.
CLI is aimed at young professionals who are already actively engaged in the cultural sector and who want to play a key role in its future.
Participants have demonstrated a level of achievement and commitment to their work, self-development and a desire to share these experiences with others internationally.
Hashim has a degree in history and archaeology and is currently a curator at the Sharjah Archaeology Museum. He also works closely with the Sharjah Antiquities Department for excavations.
During the two-day programme, prominent cultural figures from Europe and the Middle East discussed what it means to be cultural leaders and how a new and interconnected generation of cultural leaders could work together for greater impact on society.
Participants worked together to resolve challenges they face using 'Action Learning Sets' techniques, learn from the experience of other cultural institutions and develop their own development plans.