Bahrain Authority
for Culture and Antiquities

Management Team

A leading figure in the Arab culture and art scenes, HE Shaikha Mai has spearheaded national efforts to develop the cultural infrastructure in the Kingdom of Bahrain for heritage conservation and the growth of sustainable tourism. The President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, HE Shaikha Mai is the foremost public expert in the field, holding the unique portfolios of the Ministry for Culture & Information and then the Ministry for Culture.


As the founder of the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research and Chair of its Board of Trustees since 2002, she works actively to foster culture and preserve the traditional architecture of Bahrain.


It was to this end that she launched the nation-wide ‘Invest in Culture’ initiative, building an unprecedented partnership between the private and public sectors for heritage preservation, leading to the establishment of the Bahrain Fort Site Museum and the Bahrain National Theatre –key cultural tourism attractions.


In addition, HE Shaikha Mai champions youth capacity building programmes in the fields of heritage and culture development. She established Taa’ Al Shabab, a Bahraini youth forum for emerging talent in which cultural dialogue is cultivated.


Amongst her myriad achievements have been the 2005 and 2012 inscriptions of the Bahrain Fort and the Pearling: Testimony of an Island Economy as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in addition to the founding of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, a UNESCO Category 2 Centre, established to conserve the MENA region’s cultural and natural heritage.


Today, a role model for culture and heritage enthusiasts, HE Shaikha Mai was the first laureate of the Colbert Prize for Creativity and Heritage in 2010. The mastermind of annual cultural and tourism initiatives such as the Spring of Culture and Bahrain Summer Festival, her efforts have also been recognised by the Arab Thought Foundation, which bestowed upon her the Social Creativity Award.


The recipient of the Légion d’Honneur, the Moroccan Order of Ouissam Alaouite (Grand Officer) and the Order of the Italian Star as well as the First Class Order of Merit from HM King Hamad of Bahrain, she is also renowned as a local historian whose work has been published both in Bahrain and internationally.

Mohamed Gubara holds a Bachelor's degree in Arts, a Bachelor degree in Law (University of Khartoum), He also holds a master's degree in law (University of London), in addition to a specialized postgraduate diploma (University of Geneva).

He studied at the Academy of WIPO in Geneva where he specialized in intellectual property law, his work experience included several important legal positions, Gubara was assigned as a legal advisor at the Sudanese Ministry of Justice, then a projects consultant at Dar Almaal al-Islami trust in Geneva.

He also worked in number of significant organizations and global institutions such as the World Organization Against Torture, the International Trade Centre ITC Geneva, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR Geneva, and World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO Geneva.

He joined the Ministry of Information of the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he worked as an intellectual property consultant before moving to the Ministry of Culture as a legal advisor.

Dr.Nadine Boksmati-Fattouh holds an MA in Archaeology (American University of Beirut) and a PhD in Classical Archaeology (University of Cambridge, UK), she worked for the Lebanese Directorate General of Antiquities between 1993 and 2007. In 2008, she moved to the Kingdom of Bahrain and soon after was appointed Director of Qalat al Bahrain Site Museum. In addition to her responsibilities at the site museum, Nadine was in charge of exhibitions and cultural programming at the Bahrain National Museum. In 2010, she was appointed Advisor for Museums Affairs. Since 2012, Nadine has curated a number of exhibitions at the Bahrain National Museum and overseas. 

Dr. Elie Flouty, Media Consultant at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, received his Ph.D. in Media from the University of Paris, and was the founding Dean of the College of Media and Advertising at the Antonine University in Beirut, Lebanon (2006).

Dr. Flouty has been working in Bahrain since early 2010, initially serving as a consultant for radio and television development in the Information Affairs Authority between 2010 and 2012, before moving to his current rule at the Ministry of Culture in Bahrain in the beginning of 2013.

While in Paris from 1995 to 2006, Dr. Flouty held several high profile positions, including Head of Foreign Media at the French television channel Canal+, and as a program preparer and presenter at Monte Carlo Radio. He also taught at the University of Paris (the New Sorbonne), and oversaw the linguistic training programs for numerous news and television programs, including the European Bureau of Aljazeera Children Channel.   

In addition to his current responsibilities at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Dr. Flouty is a frequent featured speaker at many symposia and lectures in the Arab world and abroad.

Walid Al-Refai is a specialist in international relations and organizations with deep work experience in the field of diplomacy and politics.

Al-Refai held many diplomatic positions over his career which encompass a number of embassies and missions, including appointments in Rome, Cairo, London, Paris, and Berlin. He also headed the Department of U.S. Affairs in the Jordanian foreign ministry as well as the Office of International Relations and Organizations, and served in the Royal Hashemite Court. He also spent part of his career working in the headquarters of a number of regional and international organizations, including the Arab League in Cairo and Deputy of the Permanent Representative in the UNESCO in Paris, as well as participating in a number of UN General Assembly meetings in New York City.

He also was appointed by Jordan as ambassador to Sweden, Finland, and Germany, and earned a number of Arab and international awards and recognitions.

Hala Bint Mohammed Alkhalif, an artist, holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Museum of Fine Arts School & Tufts University, Boston Massachusetts USA (1999), a master's degree in fine arts from UCL at the Slade School of Fine Arts, in London (2002), she began her professional work at the University of Bahrain, where she taught arts, she  joined Qatar Museums Authority  as Head of Art Education at the Museum of Islamic Art (2008-2011), Then Hala  joined the Public Art Department as Education Manager and Curator in the summer “Fire Station - Artist in Residence Program”, in Doha (2011-2015).

Hala has a number of local and international exhibitions, She’s also implemented the  distinctive Project (Fire Doha)- where She  set up the Fire Station - Artist in Residence Program, in Doha that launched in March 2015

The Director of the Culture and Arts Directorate, is a graduate from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Interior Design. She also earned several accredited professional certifications in the fields of management, leadership, marketing and media.

Prior to joining the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, she worked at the Economic Development Board where she was a Manager in the Marketing and Communications department, first leading the Global Communications team and more recently heading Sponsorships and Events. She began her career as Assistant Head of Marketing at the Central Bank of Bahrain (previously the Bahrain Monetary Agency).

Sahar Abdulwahab Mattar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Bahrain and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology. She additionally received a Diploma in Leadership from the Bahrain Institute for Public Administration. She was appointed by Royal Decree 2010 as head of Human and Financial Resources in the Ministry of Information and Culture, having worked for the 10 years prior to that in the Ministry of Finance.

Huda Abdulghaffar Al-Alawi has 30 years of experience working in the field of public relations, including diplomatic work with the French Embassy, as well as working in the public sector. Over her career, she received numerous awards and recognitions, most notably the National Order of Merit from the President of France in 2001.

Huda Al-Alawi graduated from the University of Bahrain with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She also earned a Diploma in Leadership from the Bahrain Institute for Public Administration, in addition to several accredited certifications in the fields of protocol, public relations, administration, and others. 

Hani Ali Jamal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Public Relations & Media from University of Bahrain. He  started his career at the Assistant undersecretary of Islamic affairs Office at Sunni Waqaf Directorate in 1993, followed by an appointment at Radio and Television Authority  where he worked for 13 years. In 2009 he joined Ministry Of Culture Coordination & Follow-up Specialist in the Minister of Culture office Before moving to the Ministry of Culture in 2009 and then graded in the positions until his appointment as the decision of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities as Director of the National Theatre in 2016.

Hani Jamal contributed to the organization numerous events and festivals Bahrain Authority for Culture and effects over the past years, also participated in several training programs and courses specializing in event planning and management, among others.

Khalifa Bin Ahmed Alkhalifa  holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University in the United States of America (2015),  Masters of Science in Sustainable Development from University College London in the United Kingdom (2010), and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Griffith University in Australia (2007).

He started his career at the Pubic Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment, and Wildlife in 2008, followed by an appointment at the Ministry of Culture in 2011, joining the team working on "Pearling: Testimony of an island economy", Khalifa  was also designated as the National Focal Point for the World Heritage Convention. In 2013, he was appointed Assistant Director at the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage.

Restoration of Al-Fadhel Mosque minaret