The Zay Initiative was founded by Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, a published author, with over 30 years of experience in art and cultural heritage. Since the early 1980s, at the Cultural Foundation Abu Dhabi, she has been contributing to the establishment of cultural & art departments; advising on museum displays, leading and driving projects, hosting seminars, undertaking cultural tasks of different capacities and curating exhibitions.

Dr. El Mutwalli has also worked in an advisory capacity alongside cultural institutions, world renowned auction houses and VIP art collectors, while maintaining her private costume workshop and interior design consultancy. Additionally, she authors both {ZAY} a weekly page in Zahrat al Khaleej, the UAE’s first women’s lifestyle magazine, which was launched in 1979, and a monthly page on the topic in Harpers Bazaar Arabia.

Dr. Reem El Mutwalli Website – www.reemelmutwalli.com