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RAANIA AZAM KHAN DURRANI

EXECUTIVE ADVISOR / CO-FOUNDER

@Raaniad

Raania A. K Durrani is a visual artist, manager and arts programmer. She has worked at various platforms, including PeaceNiche/T2F, Port Grand Karachi and Commune Artist Colony, which she co-founded in 2005. Raania has been awarded multiple arts residencies, and has been a faculty member at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture and Szabist, in Karachi. She is a graduate of Bennington College, USA and is an Arts Management Fellow of Art Think SouthAsia / KHOJ International Artists Association (India/UK). She received a commendation for Arts at the 6th Ladies Fund Awards in 2014, her work and writings have been published in the Friday Times, Nigaah, The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Art Now, Dawn, The News, and The New Internationalist. As a creative producer, Raania’s work spans across the arts and humanities, focusing on cross-genre and inter-disciplinary practice. Her primary education is music, voice being the instrument, she continues to explore collaborative music making.

In September 2015, she co-founded Salt Arts Pvt. Ltd, where she currently serves as the Executive Advisor. Additionally, Raania serves as Director Arts, Pakistan for the British Council.

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JUNAID IQBAL

CHAIRPERSON / CO-FOUNDER

@JiqbalPK

Junaid is a turnaround and growth specialist, known best for his work in the corporate and financial sector of Pakistan. His experiences range from work at CNBC Pakistan, BMA Capital and Financial Services, Elixir Securities, E2E – to his presence on multiple global forums and television as an advisor and commentator for finance and business. Junaid is known to be the youngest CEOs in the financial sector, however, he earned one of his first paychecks photographing a Junoon concert, nearly twenty years ago. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he read Economics, and has attended an Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School. Junaid serves on the boards of The Lyceum School, Charter for Compassion and AIESEC Pakistan. He is a patron of the arts, and wishes to develop sustainable systems for the arts and music industry.

In September 2015, Junaid co-founded Salt Arts Pvt. Ltd, where he serves as the Chairperson.

 
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HASAN WALIANY

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

@herby_werby

Hasan is the founder of Hasan Waliany Design Studio and serves as the Creative Director at Salt Arts. His portfolio includes projects pertaining to education, architecture, arts and entertainment. His recent work is geared towards sustainable urban development, via product and site design. Hasan Waliany has diverse interests, music being the most significant. He has performed as a DJ for live audiences and has an eclectic collection of music, which he often draws upon for inspiration.

Hasan has trained in film/design courses at New York Film Academy (USA) & ELISAVA, Barcelona (SPAIN). He is also deeply invested in the integration of sound and music in his design solutions, and is known for his vast knowledge of music. Currently, Hasan his pursuing his Master's in Design degree in London.

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SARA NISAR

MANAGER ARTS AND PRODUCTION

@ekthisara

Sara Nisar is a arts and production manager and a communication designer currently associated with Salt Arts and Hasan Waliany Design Studio. She is an alumna of the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi, and has been a part of teams leading public art and culture events, including Dil Phaink at the Alchemy Festival 2015 in London and the Birmingham Weekender Festival 2017.

She has previously been affiliated with PeaceNiche / The Second Floor and is one of the founding curators for WOW - Women of the World Festival, Karachi.

 

 
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MARY THERESE KURKALANG

ADVISOR INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS (INDIA)

@MaryTKurkalang

Mary is a Cultural Manager, and has over 20 years of experience in the Arts, Publishing and the NGO sector. She has conducted projects across cities in India and Internationally, and is the founder of KHUBLEI. Mary is an Arts Management Fellow of Art Think SouthAsia/ KHOJ International Artists Association (India).