Hamida A. Alireza, was born in USA, raised and educated in Switzerland. Alireza is a Founding member of the Mansoojat Foundation: The Museum of Saudi Arabian Costume and was an Advisory Board member to the Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. In addition she has co-organised a conference on ‘The History of Islamic Art, Collectors, Collections & Scholars’ at the internationally renown Victoria & Albert Museum and curated a range of exhibitions; ‘Word Cultures Through Traditional Costumes’ for the Singapore National Heritage Board during the Youth Olympic Games, 51 & 21 Costumes, hosted at the Jeddah Economic Forum and ‘Souk, Scripts & Sand Bites’ at the V&A London, respectively. The latter has been complimented by a diverse and eclectic mix of events such as film screenings at the IMAX, London and cultural educational trips to Jordan (Amman, Petra, Dead Sea), Syria (Damascus, Hama, Palmyra, Aleppo), Saudi Arabia (Abha, Makkah, Madinah, Taif), Turkey (Istanbul, Konya), Bahrain. Alireza is fluent in English, Arabic, and French and has a strong interest in contemporary ceramics, Islamic art and calligraphy. In 1987 she Founded The Barakat Trust, together with several trustees and has overseen the trust’s evolution, funding more than 500 students in a range of specialities, across the globe, over 25years. She is also a board member of the Barakat Trust Academic Advisory Committee and is instrumental in communicating with and developing the Grantees database.
Tarik A. Alireza, was born in Cairo, raised and educated in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Switzerland and the USA. He completed a degree in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Alireza worked with John Laing Design Associates, London, and then Robert Matthew-Johnson Marshall (RMJM) in Cambridge on residential, commercial and industrial projects in the UK and Saudi Arabia. Further he participated in RMJM's master planning project in the Western Province of Saudi Arabia for the Deputy Ministry of Municipalities, Ministry of Interior. In 1977, he established Tarik Ali Alireza Consulting Engineers, a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering practise with offices in Jeddah and later Athens, Greece. The international and Saudi Arabia based projects have included private residential, housing complexes, commercial towers, touristic resorts and most recently, museums. Al Daama Co. Ltd. was established in 2001 to work in tandem with the design office on projects incorporating traditional heritage arts and crafts from throughout the Islamic world. Between 2006-2008, Tarik Alireza Consulting Engineers acted as advisors to the developers WTD/Colony Capital for master planning, project planning and concept design of a number of mixed-use development projects in Jeddah and Riyadh. Tarik Alireza served as member of the first Board of Directors of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (2000-2004). Tarik Alireza is a member of the Board of Directors of Haji Abdullah Alireza & Co. Ltd., the oldest family business in Saudi Arabia, with a history dating back over one and a half centuries. Tarik is a founding member and Trustee of the Barakat Trust and for over 50 years has been an avid collector of classical philately and the postal history of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Alireza has been an active researcher, exhibitor, lecturer and author of numerous articles in the international philatelic press. He has won major awards (Gold, Large Gold, Championship Class) at International Philatelic Federation (FIP) exhibits in London, Tokyo, Granada, Istanbul, San Francisco, Milan, Madrid and Washington DC. He is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and is a long-standing member of a number of international philatelic societies, including the Saudi Arabian and American Philatelic Societies. The Collectors Club (NY) and the Society of Postal Historians (UK). Alireza was co-founder with HH Prince Faisal Ibn Abdullah Ibn Mohamed Al Saud of Attawhid Collection, commissioned oil paintings by the late American artist Gerhardt Liebmann and photographs by the Brazilian Humberto da Silveira of various archaeological and built heritage sites from all regions of Saudi Arabia. The Attawhid Collection has been exhibited in the historic Bait Nassif in Jeddah, the UNESCO Building in Beirut, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and the National Museum in Riyadh. Tarik has collected maps, engravings, photographs and books on the Near East and Middle East for fifty years. He has a passion for antiquities worldwide and is an amateur photographer.
Shahnaz Bagherzade was born in Iran, with a high school degree ‘Abitur’ from Germany. She holds an MPhil in Islamic Art & Architecture from Oxford University and supports various charities preserving the material culture of the Islamic world.
Abir Tuqan, was born in Jaffa, Palestine and educated initially in Switzerland & later England. A member of Middle Temple, Inns of Court School of Law, London, Tuqan was called to the Bar in 1973 and later specialized in Islamic Law at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), London University. Tuqan practiced Civil Law in London and Commercial Law in Kuwait after marrying in 1975. Whilst living and working in Kuwait she was one of the early members of Al Sadu, an association for the preservation of local culture & weaving. In the late 1970s Tuqan was closely involved with the Script writer Franco Solinas & director Costa Gavras to develop the idea & production of a major international film on the Palestinian Israeli conflict. The film, Hanna K was first inaugurated at the Venice Film Festival in September 1983. She continues to be interested in all matters relating to Palestine and is passionate about art and culture. Tuqan brings extensive experience as an advisor and trustee, having been a member of the Board of the Council of Anglo Arab Understanding (CAABU), the Arab British Centre, and the Jordan River Foundation. Most recently Tuqan continues to be actively involved with the Spafford Children Centre and as a member of the Board of Patrons of Art Dubai, brings a great deal of expertise to the Barakat Trust, for which she has actively assisted in a number of fund raising events in London.
Sara A. Alireza, was born in London, raised and educated in Saudi Arabia and the UK. Having graduated from The London School of Economics in Industrial and Business economics, Sara spent a short stint at Banque Baring Brothers, Switzerland working as an analyst focusing on emerging markets. In 2005, she became a trustee of the Barakat Endownment Trust and was responsible for fund management, organising a diverse and eclectic range of cultural events and fundraising activities including gala dinners, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, concerts and craft fairs. She was instrumental in the co-ordination of the global cultural immersion programmes. In 2013, Sara became a member of the Saudi Art Council and was responsible for the organisation of the annual 2139 Jeddah Arts Festival and was Head of the Education Committee, which developed and implemented the symposium, talks, workshops and exhibition tours for the public. Sara is an avid art enthusiast, collector and patron of the arts. She is an active supporter of The British Museum, The Centre Pompidou and the Delfina Foundation.
Rabya Alfadl was raised in Saudi Arabia and educated in the USA. Alfadl graduated in Psychology from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, completed a range of executive management and leadership courses and currently completing a Diploma in Behavioural Science at The London School of Economics. Having worked in marketing, brand management, research design and strategic development in both the public and private sector with some of the worlds leading organisations ranging from Focus EuroRSCG, Bahrain Telecommunications Co., Unilever Arabia, PLC Arabia, and Elixir Consulting, Alfadl brings a whole host of skills and experience to the board of trustees. Further, she continues to work as a consultant working between Europe and the Middle East and remains passionate about supporting and nurturing female talent. Alfadl was appointed an Endowment Trustee of The Barakat Trust. She was responsible for developing a fundraising strategy to meet financial targets and managed the corporate video and marketing collateral. She is an instrumental part of the Trust’s activity and continues to organise lectures and fundraising dinners. Fluent in Arabic and English, Alfadl is also an avid ceramist, with a BTEC Award in Art and Design/ Ceramics from Kensington and Chelsea College and continues to produce works at Heatherley’s School of Art, London.
Rima Al-Safadi was raised and educated in Damascus, Syria graduating with a BA in English Literature & Civilisation from Damascus University. Rima brings a diverse range of skills and experience to her role as Trustee, having founded and managing various businesses including ‘The Glass Art’, ‘Wow Flowers’ and Dania Trading Establishment’, all of which are based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She has been active in the voluntary sector as a member of a wide variety of charities, including the ‘Barakat Trust’ since 1991. She also founded and continues to run a private family non-profit charity organisation, the ‘SAKR Fund’, supporting humanitarian causes centered around education, health care and financial support to families in need. Rima is fluent in Arabic, English, with a good knowledge of French and is ‘PADI Scuba Open Water Diver’ certificated. She enjoys sports, appreciates literature, music, calligraphy and fine arts.