Laila Al-Qatami

Managing Director, Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre, Kuwait National Cultural District (KNCD), Kuwait
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Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre is one of the world’s largest cultural complexes housing a total of 22 galleries and offers a Natural History Museum, Science and Technology Museum, a Fine Arts Centre, Arabic Islamic Science Museum, Space Museum, and Theatre.

Laila Al-Qatami is the Managing Director for the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) in Kuwait, one of the largest cultural complexes in the world. Laila has served in management across governments, financial institutions, and non-profit sectors. Prior to her appointment at ASCC, she was overseeing external relations and corporate social responsibility for Gulf Bank - Kuwait.  She was also a communications and operations strategist for the Executive Office in Diwan of HH The Prime Minister of Kuwait and headed marketing and outreach for the for the National Center for Documentation and Research of the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs. When Laila was based in Washington, DC, she was the spokesperson for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and a regular commentator for domestic and international media. For a decade, she defended the rights of Arabs and Muslims and promoted the rich cultural heritage of the Arabs in the USA. Laila is a founding board member of Soroptimist Kuwait, a licensed Kuwaiti NGO and chapter of a worldwide service organization for women and girls, most recently serving as its Vice President. She was a member of the National Board of Directors of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the largest civil rights organization in the US (2006-2012) and was a mentor for Georgetown University students in the Patrick Healy Fellows Program (2006-2009).  She has a B.S. from the University of Colorado, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and is a certified Sustainability practitioner.