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Zeyba Rahman

Senior Program Officer, Building Bridges - Doris Duke Foundation
New York, NY

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Zeyba is an expert in the role of arts and culture in catalyzing positive change between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.


Zeyba Rahman joined the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extention of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in 2013 as senior program officer for the Building Bridges Program. Rahman manages the Program’s national grant making to support projects that advance relationships, increase understanding and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Before joining the foundation, Rahman led internationally and nationally recognized projects as a creative director/producer to promote understanding between diverse communities.

The most recent roles she has performed include: Director, Asia and North America, Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco; Artistic Director, Arts Midwest’s Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet; Curator, BAM’s Mic Check Hip Hop; Creative Consultant, Public Programs, Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Chief Curator, Alliance Francaise’s World Nomads Morocco Festival, among others. She is an advisor to Artworks for Freedom and serves on the nominating committee of the Civitella Foundation in Italy. Twice honored by New York City’s government, Rahman is the subject of two television profiles as a global arts leader.


  • Religion & Interfaith
  • Arts & Culture

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Arts, Interfaith Relations

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