Mahnaz Fancy

Raised in Paris, Abu Dhabi and New York, Mahnaz Fancy has dedicated her career in the arts to exploring how increasing transnational contact in the 21st century is changing cultures around the world. After pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, she returned to New York to build entrepreneurial arts initiatives aimed at educating growing public audiences for contemporary arts and culture from the MENASA region. Engaging governments, corporations and civil society through strategic partnerships and innovative communications platforms, she has successfully launched international arts exchange and arts education programs that have accelerated the development of these emerging regional arts sectors and impacted cross-cultural understanding. In addition to organising such programs, as well as exhibitions, festivals and conferences, Mahnaz is an internationally published art expert, public speaker, and advisor to diverse arts initiatives.