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Sharjah Ruler issues Amiri decree to set up SBA board

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SHARJAH: His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued an Amiri decree announcing the appointment of a new Board of Directors for the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA). The establishment of the Board of Directors marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the organization and is one of several administrative and structural changes to improve and expand the SBA’s reach.

By introducing more formal procedures and oversight, the new board will work to make the SBA more effective and support future expansion. The Board will also help take the organization to the next level by actively working to improve operational efficiency and increase the impact of its initiatives by developing targeted strategic partnerships.

In addition, it will oversee the day-to-day operations of SBA and support the alignment of its strategic goals with the expectations of internal and external stakeholders.

The founding members of the Board, chaired by HE Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, come from diverse backgrounds. All are invited to bring their unique perspectives to their roles in support of SBA’s mission to change the world through the power of the written word. They include prominent figures from the local Emirati business and publishing scene.

Locally appointed board members in the UAE include Ahmed Al Ameri, Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Book Authority; Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates Senior Vice President (DSVP), International; Abdulaziz Taryam, Chief Executive Officer, Consultant and General Manager, Etisalat – Northern Abdulla Al Owais, Chairman of the UAE Ministry of Culture, Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of the UAE Publishers Association (EPA), Marwa Al Aqroubi (UAEBBY), Executive Director of Wisdom House and Chairman of the UAE Youth Book Council, and Dr Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Heritage Institute.

Joining locally appointed board members are some well-known international publishing figures. With extensive knowledge and industry insight, these appointees will help SBA achieve great things and make the organization even more successful. International members of the Board include John Ingram, Chairman, Ingram Content Group; Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi, Chairman, Elsevier; Markus Dohle, Executive Vice President, PEN America Board;

Bodour Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said of the initiative: “The Sharjah Book Authority has played an important role in highlighting Sharjah’s status as a cultural touchstone and I am proud to see how its work is advancing a culture of reading in the UAE, regionally and internationally. I am excited to continue this work as the Sharjah Book Authority takes greater steps towards realizing our exciting vision for the future. With the support of our board of directors, I firmly believe that our successful work to change the world through the power of words will only continue.”

In addition to individual roles and responsibilities, the Board will have an overall collective responsibility to support the SBA in enhancing its global reputation, developing marketing outreach and partnerships, and ensuring its financial sustainability.

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