19 February 2009

VCUQatar announces Mira Nair as a Keynote Speaker and Doha Bank as a Sponsor for Mousharaka

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar in partnership with Icograda is proud to announce the participation of Mira Nair as a keynote speaker for the Mousharaka conference. Mousharaka will take place at VCUQatar from 28 February to 5 March, 2009.

One of Hollywood's most accomplished directors, Mira Nair has been lauded from her earliest endeavors. She found incipient and award winning success as a documentary filmmaker, before moving on to feature films. Ms. Nair's debut feature, Salaam Bombay was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It also won the Camera D'Or (for best first feature) and the Prix du Publique (for most popular entry) at the Cannes Film Festival as well as twenty-five other international awards. Since then, with films such as Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding, the Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, My Own Country, and Vanity Fair, Ms. Nair has become one of the most respected, acclaimed and award-winning directors of her generation.
Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Ms. Nair joined a group of eleven renowned film makers, each commissioned to direct a film that was eleven minutes, nine seconds, and one frame long. She has also been appointed as a mentor in film by the prestigious Rolex Protégé Arts Initiative, joining fellow mentors Jessye Norman, Sir Peter Hall, David Hockney, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Saburo Teshigawara, to guide young artists in critical stages of their artistic development. Her film company, Mirabai Films, is establishing an annual filmmaker's laboratory, Maisha, which will be dedicated to the support of visionary screenwriters and directors in East Africa and South Asia.

From the director's chair, Ms. Nair has told the stories of people who exist on the margins and are often pulled between two competing worlds. A native of India, schooled at Delhi University and Harvard, and currently living in New York, she is particularly adept at telling stories that bridge the gap between cultures. She brings that same skill to her lectures and seminars. A natural on stage, she challenges audiences to think about assumptions, stereotypes, and prejudices, and how these manifest themselves in our relationships.

VCUQatar is also proud to announce Doha Bank as a sponsor for Mousharaka. Doha Bank is one of the largest banks in Qatar playing a dominant role in Qatar’s banking landscape. Established in 1979, it has today grown to 18 branches, four pay offices, a Dubai representative office, New York operations and the largest ATM network in Qatar. Doha Bank offers a complete range of banking services unmatched in Qatar. In the retail banking segment, it has innovative loan and other products like Q-pack, Ladies packages, Ladies investment scheme, “infovest”, India equity services, Internet packages for corporate and retail, “bancassurance” and e-remittance. Doha Bank has always been a trendsetter with new delivery channels - SMS banking, Bank-on-Wheels, bilingual website, state-of-the-art ATMs, heavy-duty cash deposit machines, on line Internet banking and e-bank – setting the banking services benchmark for Qatar.

Mousharaka / The Icograda Design Week in Qatar, presented by VCUQatar, is composed of the Education Symposium and the Professional Conference, where prominent speakers will share perspectives on design and design collaborations. VCUQatar is also spearheading the creation of MEDEA – the Middle East Design Educators Association - a platform for educators charged with getting the most out of design. For more information about Mousharaka, featured speakers and events, and to register please visit http://www.mousharaka.com/19

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