Board Members


Bodour Al Qasimi

Founder and Chairperson

Bodour Al Qasimi, former President of the International Publishers Association (IPA). Her exemplary work over decades to further Sharjah’s contributions as a hub for reading, literacy and culture culminated in a global recognition for the emirate recently as it was named World Book Capital 2019 – 2020 by UNESCO.
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Sheikha Jameela Al Qasimi

Vice Chairperson

As a UAE national born in the prime years of educational prosperity, she has been highly moved towards the societal and community work by focusing on a section of society that requires special care. After attaining her university degree in Psychology from United States in the early 80’s, she quickly joined in the following year the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS).
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Isobel Abulhoul

Secretary General

Isobel Abulhoul has lived in Dubai since 1968 and co-founded Magrudy’s, a bookshop chain, in 1975 which is still thriving and has eight bookshops across the UAE. In 2008 Isobel founded the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word.
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Majid Jafar


Majid Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil & gas company, and Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies which includes interests in port management, logistics, venture capital, private equity and real estate. He is also Managing Director of the Board of Dana Gas (PJSC), the leading publicly-listed natural gas company in the Middle East, in which Crescent is the largest shareholder.
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Lana Nusseibeh

Board of Trustees Member

Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh presented her credentials as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York in September 2013. She also presented her credentials as non-resident Ambassador of the UAE to Grenada in November 2017.
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