Danah Abdulla(b. 1986, Kuwait), lives and works in London, UK
I am a designer, educator and researcher. Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at Brunel University London. Previous to this, I was a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures course at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), teaching design practice and theory modules. I obtained my PhD, titled Design Otherwise: Towards a Locally-Centric Design Education Curricula in Jordan, in the Design department at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018). In 2010, I founded Kalimat Magazine, an independent, non-profit magazine about Arab thought and culture. I am also a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform, a Research Associate at the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins, Visiting Professor at the Vilnius Academy of Art, and I sit on the advisory board for Nuqat—a yearly creative conference based in Kuwait.
In 2012, I obtained my MA in Social Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and my BA (Honours) in Communications in 2008 from the University of Ottawa. I have worked for DDB as a Digital Cultivator, hunted down online influencers for clients like l’Oréal, Maybelline, Carlsberg and others at Matchstick, a word of mouth marketing agency, and worked at a modelling agency where I handled public relations, marketing and helped put together a few fashion shows.