Nadia Samdani | Co-Founder
Nadia Samdani is the Co-Founder & President of the Samdani Art Foundation and Director of the Dhaka Art Summit. In 2011, she and her husband Rajeeb began the Samdani Art Foundation to support local artists and promote Bangladeshi and South Asian art in the region and around the world. As part of this initiative, she founded the Dhaka Art Summit, which has since completed two successful editions in 2012 and 2014 under her leadership. Nadia is a member of the Tate South Asia Acquisitions Committee, Tate's International Council, Art Dubai Advisory Council, Alserkal Avenue Programming Committee, Dubai, and is part of the Parasol Unit’s International Committee. She has been named as one of the founding members of Harvard University, South Asia Institute Art Council.
Nadia is a second-generation collector and began her own collection at the age of 22. She collects both Bangladeshi and international art, reflecting her experience as both a proud Bangladeshi and also as a global citizen. She has written about collecting for Art Asia Pacific and Wall Street Journal ‘Live Mint’ and has been invited to speak about collecting at various international art fairs. Nadia has been named one of the Top 200 Collectors by Artnews, Power 100 by Art Review in 2015 and 2016, the World's Top 100 Art Collectors by ArtNet News in 2016 and her collection has been featured in many leading international publications.
Rajeeb Samdani | Co-Founder
Rajeeb Samdani is the Co-Founder and a Trustee of the Samdani Art Foundation and is the Managing Director of Golden Harvest Group, one of the leading diversified conglomerates in Bangladesh. Golden Harvest is involved in several sectors including: Food Processing, Dairy, Commodities, Logistics, Information Technology, Real Estate, Aviation and Insurance. In addition to his philanthropy with Art, Rajeeb is the Secretary General of Bangladesh Human Rights Foundation, one of the largest Human Rights organisations in the country, and the founder of TAC Charitable Hospital and the Alvina Samdani Trust.
Rajeeb is an ardent collector of contemporary art and began collecting with his wife Nadia Samdani, with whom he founded the Samdani Art Foundation in 2011. Their collection was featured as one of the top 200 collections globally by Artnews in 2015 and named as one of the Top200 Collectors by Artnews, Power 100 by Art Review in 2015 and 2016, the World's Top 100 Art Collectors by ArtNet News in 2016 and their collection has been featured in many leading international publications . Mr. Samdani is the Co-Chair and a founding committee member of the Tate South Asian Acquisitions Committee, member of Tate's International Council, Art Dubai Advisory Council and Alserkal Avenue Programming Committee, Dubai. He has been named as one of the founding members of Harvard University, South Asia Institute Art Council.
Diana Campbell Betancourt | Artistic Director / Chief Curator
Diana Campbell Betancourt (b. 1984, Los Angeles) is currently Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh, a major research and exhibition platform for art in South Asia. She is currently developing the Foundation’s forthcoming Srihatta- Samdani Sculpture Park and Art Centre opening in Sylhet at the end of 2018. In addition, Betancourt is Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects, Bagac, Philippines and chairs the Mumbai Art Room board. She has collaborated with several sculpture parks across the world on commissions of Indian sculpture and has curated numerous solo projects with artists such as Haroon Mirza, Simryn Gill, Tino Sehgal, Lynda Benglis, Shilpa Gupta, Shahzia Sikander, Naeem Mohaiemen, Runa Islam, Shumon Ahmed, Pawel Althamer, Raqs Media Collective, among others.
Betancourt has consulted with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the New Museum, the FRONT Triennial in Cleveland, and Alserkal Avenue in Dubai on their inclusion of South Asia in their exhibitions programs and has presented her research as part of MoMA’s C-MAP initiative. She is on the editorial board of the Exhibitionist and recently published a book with Mousse in Milan (co-edited with Katya Garcia Anton and Antonio Cataldo) on the Dhaka Art Summit and its Critical Writing Ensembles.
Director of Operations & External Affairs
Emily Dolan is the Director of Operations and External Affairs . She originally trained as a visual artist and since 2002 has worked in art institutions, including five years at The Fine Art Society, her primary focus being contemporary art. More recently she has taken on production roles in non-profit organisations and has coordinated exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London, The 55th Venice Biennale, Garage Centre of Contemporary Art and Culture, Moscow, and the Chalet Society, Paris.
Head of PublicationS
Emma Sumner is the Head of Publications, Samdani Art Foundation and Dhaka Art Summit, and an independent writer, researcher and lecturer. Originally trained as a visual artist, in 2010 Emma was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship to study Art History and Curating. During her study and since graduating Emma has worked with numerous institutions and independent platforms , including Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and the Liverpool Biennale, she has lectured at Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Salford and Wirral Metropolitan and contributes regularly to numerous international platforms including, Art Agenda, Art Review Asia, Frieze, Monopol Magazin and e-flux Conversations.
First travelling to South Asia in 2014, with support from Arts Council England, Emma began researching the region’s art scene, visiting the studios of emerging and mid-career artists and independent led spaces. Emma has since developed the online archive portal, ArtHive South Asia, as a space to share her ongoing research and that of other independent researchers.
Mohammad Sazzad Hossain
Head of Administration
Mohammad Sazzad Hossian is the Head of Administration of the Samdani Art Foundation. He managed the successful execution of the first and second Dhaka Art Summits in 2012 and 2014. Sazzad Hossain completed his M.A. and B.A. from Stamford University Bangladesh majoring in English Literature.
Curatorial Assistant & Institutional Relations Liaison
Nivriti Roddam is a Curatorial Assistant and the Institutional Relations Liaison for the Samdani Art Foundation and Dhaka Art Summit. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design, New York in 2012 with a degree in Strategic Design and Management.
Ruxmini Choudhury is a Curatorial Assistant for the Samdani Art Foundation. She Completed her BFA in Art History from University of Dhaka in 2014 and previously interned at the Dhaka Art Centre.
Afnan Ghazi is the Communications Manager for the Samdani Art Foundation. She completed her B.A. from BRAC University majoring in English Literature in 2014.
Abhijan Gupta studied Art History at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda. He has previously worked with the Majlis Cultural Centre, Mumbai and the Asia Art Archive, New Delhi.