Founder & Trustee

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 CulturesThrough 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.