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imkan stories
AYEH NARAGHI - Executive Director Alcove Advisors AYEH NARAGHI - Executive Director Alcove Advisors


The Talk Cultural Planning
In Urban Communities

As more people migrate to urban centres, more thought is given to increase the quality of life for both residents and visitors through numerous interventions. Be it policy, guidelines, creative industries or public programming. Implemented practices indicate an increase in satisfaction when there is a wider community engagement and interaction through experiencing arts and culture. We shed light on some of the experiences and lessons learned from common interventions in community building through arts and culture.

Speaker Profile

With 15 years experience, Ayeh is a global expert in culture and international development – focusing on creating strategies, policies and programs equally aimed at growing creative industries and preserving cultural heritage. As the head of boutique management consulting firm Alcove Advisors, she brings a wealth of knowledge acquired during her time at world renowned companies - BCG, Oliver Wyman and Bain & Co.and UNESCO HQ.


An open discussion led by thought leaders devoted to sharing experiences, ideas and solutions. IMKAN Stories cover unconventional, though-provoking and inspiring discussions surrounding culture, art, technology, leadership and everything in between.


Open to speakers from all walks of life, we seek to not only empower our community but go further beyond our region and promote thinking on an international scale. With the launch of IMKAN Stories, we aim to challenge the status quo, shift attitudes and perception, question the norm, and provoke mindsets–all with the end goal of surpassing established boundaries and limitations.

The Conference

The Conference will take place once a year, launching as an exclusive invite-only event, and our esteemed guestlist will include Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s most influential agents of change. We also aim to gain support from members of the Abu Dhabi Municipality, The Department of Culture & Tourism, IMKAN Business Partners, VIP clients, as well as University students and peers.

ARTS + CULTURE + COMMUNITY =  Increase in quality of life ARTS + CULTURE + COMMUNITY =  Increase in quality of life