Dahlia Mahmoud is an international educator and consultant with expertise in the Cultural and Creative Industries of the Middle East and North African region. Her administrative academic work spans institutional outreach and development, government liaising, and the building of hybrid creative professional programs. Through a career centered on implementing innovative design strategies and entrepreneurial initiatives, Mahmoud teaches creative approaches to storytelling while empowering women within the MENA and GCC academic structures. Building on an eighteen-year career constructing academic programs and cross-disciplinary initiatives with public and private stakeholders, her research focusses mainly on the evolving regional cultural and creative industries.
Living in the region and working as an art photographer has inspired Mahmoud to further enhance her visual communication portfolio to diversify her digital storytelling art practices and research. This is visible through projects varying from academic conference visual presentations, exhibitions to creative workshops dedicated to promoting and preserving endangered indigenous heritage through cultural diplomacy. In her previous academic roles, Mahmoud focused on expanding regular academic arts programs to practical interdisciplinary programs interconnected with public and private institutions. Locally in the UAE, her working relationships include institutions like the Department of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Youth, Prime Minister’s Office as well as the Executive Council of Dubai. Projects led include, talent and skill development programs and initiatives, Design and Technology curricular committees, Future Forecast study for the Cultural and Creative Industries etc. Mahmoud aims to impact and gear the community towards a larger and more intricately structured field of culture, with the ultimate goal to enrich the local and regional landscape of inclusive and sustainable creative economies.