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12 WGD Heroes

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Arafat Al-Naim


Dr. Arafat Al-Naim (1966) BFA, MFA, PhD in graphic arts and MST in art teaching. Academic

Leader, graphic artist, designer, and the moving spirit behind international art and design

projects. Lectured and presented at international conferences and exhibitions in the UK,

Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Italy, North Ireland, Macedonia, Germany, Bulgaria, USA,

Canada, Cyprus, South Africa, Tunisia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Egypt, China, Indonesia,Liechtenstein, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, UAE, Jordan. Graphic works of Dr. Arafat can befound in Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas (USA), Portland Art Museum (USA), Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth (UK), Wrexham Yale Memorial Gallery, Wrexham (UK), State Museum Gyõr (Hungary), University of Wales Collection, Aberystwyth (UK), Nord Art -Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Germany) and others. Outstanding Contribution to Education (The Middle East Education Leadership Awards 2016), Best Professor in Design (Asian Education

Leadership Awards 2014, 2017) and “Rhea Baily” Art Award (IBC, Cambridge, UK, 2008)

awards, Dr. Arafat has received in recognition of his contribution to global visual design,

education and professional practice. Dr. Al-Naim is Professor of Graphic Arts and Design, former Dean of College of Design at American University in the Emirates, Member of ICO-D (EducationNetwork), Curator of the Emirates International Poster Festival(EIPF), International

SYMPOSIODESIGN - Amman, Chair of International Design Conference(IDC-DXB), and

executive director of the United Designs Allianc

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