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Affiliations and Chairmanships

Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh has served on several public and private bodies dealing with the development of cultural and educational strategies in the UAE.

He was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Washington DC (2020) and to the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences by the Institut de France in Paris (2021).


Nusseibeh was also appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in 2018, having helped to establish the University in 2006 and sitting on its Administrative Board (2006-2018).


He is a member of the Administrative Board of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) with oversight responsibility for its management (2017-present).

He is also a member on several other boards including the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (2005-present), the International Prize for Arab Fiction, aslo known as IPAF or Arab Bookers Literary Prize (2009-present), and the Board of Trustees for Abu Dhabi University (2003-present).

He has been the Chair of the UAE National Rhodes Scholarship Selection committee since 2015.

He was elected a member of the Higher Board of Administration of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (2018-present).  

He was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC (2020).


Nusseibeh was the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics (2015-2018), as well as a member of the Board of Administrators of the Alliance Française Foundation in Paris (2013-2017).

He was also the President of the Alliance Française Abu Dhabi (1977-2017) and of the UAE Chapter of the International Friends of Richard Wagner Society (2008-present).


He helped establish the Abu Dhabi Classics programme in Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain Music Festival in Al Ain. He was the first non-German Chair of the Wagner Foundation in Leipzig, Germany (2014-2017). He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Agha Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada (2016-2019).

In June 2022, Nusseibeh was inaugurated as a member of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences

His chairmanships and affiliations encompass a wide array of international and regional institutions across the fields of culture, art,  heritage, education, music, media, languages, sciences and literature, among many other fields.

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