Dalia Fatani, founder and CEO of Studio Lucha

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Dalia Fatani is the founder and CEO of Studio Lucha. Since 2012, she has led the art, craft and design studio, aiming to build a creative community in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi basketball team Riyadh United recently celebrated a year of sporting diplomacy aimed at strengthening international relations. Through a unique initiative, the players have been holding regular games with the capital’s diplomatic community in a bid to promote the message of peace and understanding between nations through sport.

Fatani, who was one of the first members to join Riyadh United, attended the anniversary event in the capital. She said that the teams were established to build bridges between countries through sport.

Fatani obtained three diplomas in space design, fine art techniques and product design in 2011 from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Canada. In 2015, Fatani received her diploma as an accredited art, craft and design trainer from SB Arts Academy in the UK.

Between 1995 and 1997, Fatani served as an ophthalmic assistant at King Khalid Specialist Hospital, before moving to the hospital’s research center to work as a neonatal intensive care assistant until 2000.

Between 2005 and 2006, she worked for the World Trade Center as an HR training and development officer. In 2006, she switched to the Mainline Media company as an account executive till 2007.

Fatani worked for a freelance art project in 2012 in the Five Houses Gallery. Between 2013 and 2013, she was a content manager in Al-Holair Fashion Retail. Her last appointment was at the General Authority for Culture, where she was a visual arts consultant from March 2018 until the end of the year.

Her Twitter handle is @DselectiveD

This article was first published in Arab News

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