Dr Samina Zahir (FRSA) is an experienced advisor, facilitator, evaluator and researcher. She is Founder and Director of Hybrid an arts based creative action research company. She has commissioned and programmed creative programmes of work that have enabled communities to participate in far-reaching social change projects. Her work consistently moves between reception, engagement, action and reflection. She has been involved in programmes of activity and organisational development in Pakistan, India, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania (Zanzibar).
Samina has senior level experience in delivering both research (Arts & Refugees, The Elephant in the Room, Sustainable Communities/ Living Places) and programme production (British Summertime, Changing Views, Fragment, Inhabit).
Her clients include Arts Council England and all regional offices, Baring Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Partnerships, MLA, the National Trust, Sustained Theatre, Connexions, Funding Bodies including Children’s Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Youth Music Action Zones; Local Authorities (Birmingham, Bristol, London Borough of Bexley, Walsall, Wolverhampton) and a plethora of arts organisations, and community groups as well as a wide range of individual visual and performing artists from early and mid-career to experienced and internationally known.
Samina has published work in a range of journals and books, both academic and arts sector led Contemporary Black British Culture (Ed Alison Donnell, Routledge, London, 2002); South Asian Women in the Diaspora, (Ed: Nirmal Puwar & Parvati Raghuram, 2003); Fashion Theory (Ed Nirmal Puwar, 2003). She has also been both Chair and Secretary of the Black History Foundation.