Ulrike al-Khamis

With nearly 30 years of experience as a curator and senior advisor for museum and cultural projects, Dr. Al-Khamis holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Art from the University of Edinburgh and – before coming to Toronto – served as Co-Director at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization as well as Senior Strategic Advisor to the Sharjah Museum Department in the U.A.E. She began her career in Scotland, where she worked as Principal Curator for South Asia and the Middle East at the National Museums of Scotland and Curator for Muslim Art and Culture at Glasgow Museums.


Dr. Al-Khamis’s subject matter expertise, professional skill set and extensive museological experience make her ideally suited to lead the Aga Khan Museum at this exceptional time, when the institution, like many of its peers, is reimagining its ways of working and of programming to meet the needs and be of service to its audiences, while driving its mission – to showcase the contributions of Muslims cultures and to foster pluralism by bridging cultures, today a more urgent requirement than ever. Under Dr. Al-Khamis’s leadership, the Aga Khan Museum will be reaffirming its focus on intercultural education and dialogue, while growing its global impact and audience through innovative digital programming initiatives.

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