Prof. Dr. Arafat Al-Naim (1966) BFA, MFA, PhD in graphic arts and MST in art teaching. Academic. Leader, graphic artist, designer, and the moving spirit behind international art and design projects. Lectured and presented at international conferences and exhibitions in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Italy, North Ireland, Macedonia, Germany, Bulgaria, USA, Canada, Cyprus, South Africa, Tunisia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Egypt, China, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, UAE, Jordan. Graphic works of Dr. Arafat can be found in Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas (USA), Portland Art Museum (USA), Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth (UK), Wrexham Yale Memorial Gallery, Wrexham (UK), State Museum Gyõr (Hungary), University of Wales Collection, Aberystwyth (UK), Nord Art – Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Germany) and others. Outstanding Contribution to Education (The Middle East Education Leadership Awards 2016), Best Professor in Design (Asian Education
Leadership Awards 2014, 2017) and “Rhea Baily” Art Award (IBC, Cambridge, UK, 2008) awards, Dr. Arafat has received in recognition of his contribution to global visual design, education and professional practice. Dr. Al-Naim is Professor of Graphic Arts and Design, former Dean of College of Design at American University in the Emirates, Member of ICO-D (Education Network), Curator of the Emirates International Poster Festival (EIPF), International SYMPOSIODESIGN – Amman, Chair of International Design Conference (IDC-DXB), and executive director of the United Designs Alliance and Director of China Europe International Design and Culture Association (CEIDA), Jury of many International Art & Design exhibitions and projects.