Vilma Jurkute, Director, Alserkal Avenue /

With a degree in International Business from Grenoble Graduate School of Business, Vilma Jurkute has spent the last decade developing creative industries across New York, Chicago, London and Dubai. She joined Alserkal Avenue in 2011 and in her time with the organisation, she has been instrumental in its evolution and responsible for overseeing the Avenue’s physical expansion in 2015 as well as the inauguration of Concrete in 2017. Jurkute also launched Alserkal Programming in 2015, and Alserkal Residency in 2017, affirming the organisation’s commitment to the development of arts and culture in the region. She has been a vocal supporter of growing a creative economy, and a strong advocate for its importance in social development and identity within the MENASA region. She serves on the advisory boards of the Global Cultural Districts Network and the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation. Jurkute is currently pursuing an Executive MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford, UK.