Lena Nahlous

Executive Director, Diversity Arts Australia

Formerly Executive Director of Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE). Over 20 years experience in arts, cultural and media organisations. Has managed screen and digital media-based initiatives that have engaged thousands of people, particularly women, refugees, migrants and young people. Under Lena’s leadership ICE grew ten-fold financially and in terms of projects and scope. Established Artfiles, an employment and engagement program for Western Sydney artists, the Switch Digital Arts Access Centre and was a co-founder of the Arab Film Festival, and manager of the first three festivals. In 2006 she was a recipient of an Asialink Arts Fellowship to Hong Kong and in 2008 completed the Asialink Leadership program. She sat on the NSW Government Arts Advisory Committee, participated in the Australia 2020 Summit, was a finalist in the CEO of the Year Awards, and was named as one of Sydney’s 100 Creative Catalysts by inaugural Vivid (Creative Sydney).