Family talks at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair 2017

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Anaahita was just eight years old when she published her first book, The Mystery of the Lost Plant. Her aim is to bring diversity to the children’s book industry and make sure kids know they don’t need to be grown up to start achieving their dreams. She has led reading sessions in schools, book fairs, literary festivals, and donated her book to UAE libraries.

Khadijah Kudsi
An acclaimed children’s author, filmmaker, entrepreneur and community leader, Khadijah Kudsi is best known for the bilingual Noura’s World series, which has delighted kids around the region. The Saudi-born, Abu Dhabi-based mum-of-four is also an established organisational leader, working to promote the learning and welfare of children.

Naseem Alwan
Naseem Alwan believes that tales are not intended to simply entertain – they denote history, culture and peoples’ way of life, recounted through generations. This Lebanese storyteller and librarian’s activities include reactivating children’s theatre, and she is the author of two stories, Marzouk and Ma’touk (2012) and The Woolen Hat (2013).

Aurelien Zouki
Aurelien Zouki is the co-founder of Collective Kahraba, an artist collective. He was born and raised in Lebanon and, after pursuing theatre studies in France, Zouki worked as an actor. He will be co-directing Lebanon’s Hammana Artist House, an artist residency that will open in the summer, together with Eric Deniaud.

Marwa Karoura
An international coach and member of the International Coach Federation, Karoura is also an Emotional Social Competency Inventory accredited assessor. She won the Best Executive Coach of the Year award in 2016 and is also a leadership development expert, inspirational speaker, writer, columnist and TV commentator and leadership assessor.

Omar Khawaja
The author and entrepreneur was born in Saudi Arabia, but his family’s roots are in Pakistan. He grew up in New York and now lives in Washington DC, with his wife and three kids. Khawaja has won two Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards silver medals, and is the first Muslim children’s book author to get such an award.

Eric Deniaud
Along with Aurelien Zouki, Eric Deniaud is the co-founder of Collective Kahraba, an artist collective, and a graduate of the National University in the Arts of Puppetry, France. He has acted, directed and designed sets for many performances, and he will be joining Zouki at Lebanon’s Hammana Artist House in the summer.

Mohammad Abdul Halim
Mohammad Abdul Halim is an international leadership development specialist, who was named one of the 100 Best Global Coaching Leaders in 2016. He also won the Executive Coach of the Year award. On top of that, he’s an entrepreneur, writer, columnist and TV commentator, and a member of the International Coach Federation.

Rania Zaghir
A Lebanese writer and publisher of children’s books, Rania Zaghir has won numerous awards, including one in 2015 for her latest novel Haltabees Haltabees. Her titles have been translated into 20 languages and, in 2007, she founded Al Khayyat Al Saghir Publishing House, which focuses on picture books that develop the Arab child’s artistic and social awareness.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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