Chairman, The Managment
Abdulhamid Juma was part of the initial team that founded the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2004, and was appointed Chairman in 2006. His involvement with independent Arab and GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) cinema led to his becoming a driving force behind the Gulf Film Festival, an annual event that showcases the best in regional cinema to a local and international audience. His work towards stimulating Arab Cinema led to his being named the third most influential figure in Arab Cinema today by Good News Group, and he is well-known in film and culture circles in the Arab world as being a prominent supporter, critic, friend and enthusiast. In helping to establish DIFF as the world-class event it is today, Abdulhamid was guided by the belief that through the language of film and art, cultural divides could be narrowed and bridged with tolerance and understanding. From his ongoing personal pursuit of diverse international cultural trends, he possesses an eclectic taste in cinema, incorporating varied genres, languages and styles, blending with his interest in music, poetry, sculpture, painting and other art forms. His business insight has been as central to his success as his cultural outlook. Through a clear vision that focuses on innovation, business and financial development and cultural progression working in line with the strategic objectives of the government of Dubai, Abdulhamid sits on the board of Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), the official media organization of the government of Dubai, the board of The Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC), part of the American University of Dubai and the first academic institution in the region to offer world-class and specialized undergraduate courses in various communication fields. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of several organizations: including the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority lending counsel on cultural projects in the Emirates in his efforts to stimulate a thriving arts culture in the UAE. Also the National Media Council (NMC), working towards the shared goal of reaching international standards in the field of media regulation to achieve the highest degree of transparency and excellence in the UAE and The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Advisory Council ensuring that Emirati students are fully equipped and to the highest standards to enter into the country’s workforce. In his capacity as DIFF Chairman, Abdulhamid is also the Deputy Director General of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority (DTMFZA), with the responsibility of generating a thriving knowledge economy in Dubai. His involvement grew out of an earlier assignment as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Media City (DMC). His previous assignments include senior management positions at Dubai Internet City, Citibank Group and Jebel Ali Free Zone. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a certificate in General Management from Harvard Business School.