Nasif Kayed

Founder & CEO

Nasif is a Cultural Expert in Arab-Emirati-GCC and Muslim culture who has been an entrepreneur and consultant for the past 33 years. He has developed over 40 businesses and start-ups during his career including his most recent venture, the Arab Culturalist, a cultural consultancy firm focusing on building cross cultural communication and inter-cultural competencies among businesses and educational institutions throughout the Middle East and beyond. He was part of the UAE delegation at the 2015 and 2016 Dubai Week in China and participant in the Dubai Plan 2021 strategy session on cultural tourism. Before founding the Arab Culturalist, he had served as Managing Director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, contributor, and cultural columnist with 7Days Dubai, and presently Opinion Columnist at the Khaleej Times. He is a certificated practitioner in CQ Cultural Intelligence from the Cultural Intelligence Center in Lansing MI, USA and uses this knowledge and skill to develop diversity and inclusion strategies for businesses in the region.


Leadership stream

28 February 2019 | 13:00 - 13:30 | English | Cultural Awareness & Inclusion with The Arab Culturalist

A short talk about why Leading with Cultural Awareness is important to building successful inclusive school communities. It starts with Leadership attitudes and hiring practices that take into consideration student populations and teachers' and leaders' ability to choose staff that are skilled in cultural intelligence.

Future Leaders

28 February 2019 | 14:30 - 15:30 | English | Leading with Cultural Intelligence

What defines culture? Is it clothing, mannerisms, traditions? Is it religion, celebrations, or ceremonial practices? Today our world has become a village, and we teach and lead among a multitude of cultures and attitudes. How do we navigate the intricacies of a multi-cultural school community? How do we make it inclusive? In our global villages, the real measure of success in navigating our diverse team relationships, student populations, and host countries is through building our “Cultural Intelligence.” It’s a unique set of skills that equip you to form long-lasting successful relationships with co-workers and students. It will also help you develop culturally responsive classroom management styles that create caring, self-regulating, and inclusive school community. What you will Learn: What is Cultural Intelligence? How can I build my skills? How can I use it to create an inclusive classroom and school community?