Dr Samina Zahir is founding Director of Hybrid, a research and producing consultancy. Hybrid has a 16 year track record providing a range of specialist support to help drive and facilitate successful cultural projects and related activity.
Samina is an experienced consultant, facilitator, evaluator and researcher, with over 20 years experience within the public and cultural sectors.
She has delivered feasibility and development research for numerous clients including ACE, Baring Foundation, British Council, The National Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Sustained Theatre.
She has extensive commissioning and programme experience including the 2012 Olympics, Inhabit and Creative People and Places. With a focus on equality and diversity, Hybrid places artists in everyday settings, effecting change through the research and production of socially engaged work.
Samina works with organisations who want to widen engagement, a theme reflected in her research, with reports such as ‘Arts and Refugees’ and ‘The Elephant in the Room: research into the African, Asian and Caribbean Visual Arts Sector’, she co-produced Arts Council England’s first epistolary report on the theme of ‘Identity, Aesthetics and Ethnicity’.
She is currently working on evaluations for The Space and Performance Live, both partnerships between the BBC and ACE and supporting the London Borough of Camden in their bid to be London Borough of Culture.
She has been both Chair and Secretary of the Black History Foundation and an advisor for the Federation of Irish Societies. She is a Fellow of the RSA.