Amman, 2nd June 2019
Prince Ali Bin Hussein, Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC), appointed Mohannad Al-Bakri as Managing Director of the RFC, effective as of 7th of July.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Archaeology, Al-Bakri has been involved in the field of creative industries for over a decade in the Arab region. His latest tenure was at New York University in Abu Dhabi (2015 – 2019), where he was Director of External Relations and Partnership. His job involved identifying and managing local and international stakeholders, cultivating partnerships and developing a fellowship program in arts management.
Prior to that, Al-Bakri was the Regional Managing Director of Luminus Media – Jordan (SAE Institute) from 2012 until 2015; during that period, he worked on the development of the Institute by introducing new creative and professional features. He also helped to establish a new branch of the SAE Institute in Saudi Arabia and contributed to the setting of two additional SAE branches in Iraq and Libya.
Al-Bakri is not new to the RFC. He served as its Capacity Building Manager for five years (2007 – 2012). He is therefore well-known to the Jordanian film community and has largely contributed to developing its local and regional training programs. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Edu-Feature Program, through which five feature Jordanian narratives were produced.
Al-Bakri started his professional career as a Director developing dynamic programs promoting the active role of youth in society, enhancing their participation and supporting freedom of expression, in some fifty community centers across Jordan, part of The Hashemite Fund for Human Development.
Commenting on this appointment at the head of the Jordanian film institution, Prince Ali said: “Mohannad has worked with us before. I have a lot of faith in him and we are very proud that he is returning to the RFC as Managing Director. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in film culture and is familiar to the local, regional and international film communities with whom he cooperates. I am looking forward to working with him as the RFC pursues its journey and continues to develop its various programs.”
For more information, please call: Royal Film Commission, Marian Nakho, tel: 06-4642266/ Ext: 23