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Shkh. Al-Zain S. Al-Sabah, Chairperson and CEO of National Creative Industries Group KSCC (NCIG), a facilitator, producer, and incubator for visual artists and TMT based creative industries in the State of Kuwait.
Formerly the Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, Al-Zain was charged with conceptualizing and running operations for the start-up government agency, and oversaw the creation of a number of youth initiatives as well as the drafting of the country’s first National Youth Policy.
A pioneering film/TV producer, and social entrepreneur, in her own right, Al-Zain has made it her mission to provide a creative haven for talented regional youths and help spread messages of peace, plurality, and moderation in all her undertakings. One of her co-productions, “Journey to Mecca”, showcased at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and provided worldwide workshops to raise awareness on the peaceful nature of Islam. Another co-production, “Amreeka”, dealt with questions of national identity and cultural prejudice and was the recipient of numerous international film awards. Her creative incubator, “ADASA”, has since been wholly adopted by the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, where it remains, and flourishes, today.
Throughout her career, Shkh. Al-Zain has been a vocal proponent for new sector and job creation, and serves on the board of a number of media and youth-charged organizations; including UNDP’s Development Program Advisory Board and Boston University’s COM board.
Prior to her work in the public sector, Al-Zain served as Chairperson and Managing Director of EVMG KSCC, where she facilitated the construction of the company’s world-class multi-media studio complex; which houses the NCIG headquarters today. Prior to that, she produced a number of TV news shows and worked for ABC News’ World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, in New York City.
Al-Zain earned an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University. Her most recent awards include the Arab Woman Award for Inspirational Woman of the Year 2015 and the United Arab Media Council’s 2017 Haithem Media Award. Al-Zain is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.