Executive Board Members

Dr. Ghada  Hijjawi - Qaddumi
Title: President of WCC-Asia Pacific Region (2013-2016)
Country: State of Kuwait
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Mr. Edric Ong LIANG BIN
Title : Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific Region & Vice President of South East Asia Subregion
Country : Malaysia
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H.E. Shaikha Ayisha Bint Khalfan al-Siyabiyya
Chairperson of 
The Public Authority of Crafts Industries- PACI 
Title: Vice President of West Asia Subregion
Country: Oman
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Personal Data
Dr. Ghada Hijjawi-Qaddumi
President of WCC-Asia Pacific Region (2013-2016)
Name : Ghada Hijjawi (Qaddumi)
Country: State of Kuwait
Nationality: Kuwaiti

a. Former Director- Department of Research & Cultural Studies- National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters.State of Kuwait
b. Former Deputy Director for Cultural Affairs in the Department of Antiquities and Museums – Ministry of Information.
c. Former Curator of Islamic Art Museum "Dar Al-athar al-Islamiya", Kuwait National Museum, Sate of Kuwait.

Current Designation: a. President-World Crafts Council - Asia Pacific Region (2013- 2016)
b. Independent Scholar
Academic Qualifications
2004-2005 Post Doctoral Fellowship & Grant
(Grant from the Aga Khan Programme Islamic Architecture - AKPIA)-Department of Islamic Art-Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts-U.S.A.
2005-Jan 2007 Extension of the above Post Doctoral Fellowship.
1990 Ph. D.,History of Islamic Art and Architecture
A joint program between the Fine Arts and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies departments-Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1976 B.A., Fine Arts,
Beirut University College (B.U.C.), presently Lebanese American University (L.A.U.), Beirut,Lebanon.
1975 M.A., Arabic Literature, 
American University of Beirut(A.U.B.), Beirut- Lebanon.
1971 B.A., Arabic Literature,  
American University of Beirut (A.U.B.), Beirut- Lebanon.
1969 B.A., Economics, 
American University of Beirut (A.U.B.), Beirut-Lebanon.
Professional Experiences
1982-1984 Associate-curator at the Islamic Art Museum "Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyya" Kuwait-National Museum- Department of Antiquities and Museums, Ministry of Information, Kuwait.
1984-1990 Curator at the Islamic Art Museum "Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyya", Kuwait National Museum-Department of Antiquities and Museums, Ministry of Information, Kuwait.
1991-1994 Researcher at the Kuwait National Museum - Department of Antiquities and Museums, Ministry of Information, Kuwait.
1994- July,2000 Deputy Director for Culture, Department of Antiquities and Museums - National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters - Kuwait.
July 2000-2001 Director of the Department of Publishing and Distribution-National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, Kuwait.
July 2000-2001 Member in the editing committee of the monthly series of “Άlam al-Ma’rifah’, issued by the Department of Publishing and Distribution-National Council for Culture,Arts & Letters, Kuwait.
2001 – 2002 Founder and Director of the Department of Resarch and Cultural Studies-National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, Kuwait.
May 2004 – 2012 Vice-President for West Asia Sub-Region, World Crafts Council-Asia-Pacific Region.
Nov. 2009-2012 Senior Vice-President, World Crafts Council-Asia-Pacific Region, and Vice-President for West Asia Sub-Region.

Jan 2013 -Dec 2016

President – World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region for the term 2013-2016.
a. Books:
1986 1. Co-writer of a catalogue accompanying the exhibition “Science in Islam”, Dar Al Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait National Museum, Published by the Ministry of Information, Kuwait, 1986.
1987 2. Writer - “Variety in Unity” (Arabic and English) Published by the Ministry of Information, Kuwait,1987. (Translated into French). The part on Islamic coins prepared by Dr. Ramzi Bakh’azi. [Prepared for an exhibition from Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Museum, during the Fifth Islamic Summit in Kuwait].
1990 3. All entries for the objects (except Jewelry) in a touring exhibition stated in the book “Islamic Art and Patronage-Treasures from Kuwait”.This book was prepared for a touring exhibition which toured Russia, U.S.A., Europe, Australia and Asia. Published by Rizzoli International Publication, New York, 1990.
1992 4. "Our Identity: Cultural Heritage" " هويتنا: آثار وتراث" Published by the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, Kuwait, a-1st ed., 1992 (Arabic, English); b-2nd ed., 1998 (Arabic).
1997 5. “Book of Gifts and Rarities” Kitab al-Hadaya wa al Tuhaf - study, translation and annotation. (English) Harvard University - Harvard Press, 1997. [Ph.D. dissertation]
2000 6."Dickson House" "بيت ديكسون" (Arabic), a booklet published by the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, Kuwait, 2000.
2001-2012 7. “Islamic Textiles” “المنسوجات الاسلامية”, Published by Kuwait Islamic Arts Center, 2011/2012 (Arabic/English). Forwarding and editing.
  8. In the process of writing a book on “Paramount Gems in Islamic Jewelry”, to be published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., USA.
b. Translations into Arabic :
2010 1. “Treasures of Islam”. Participated in the translation of the following chapters:
  1. The Introduction
  2. Islamic Pottery
  3. Islamic Metalwork
  4. Architectural and decorative arts.

2. “The Terracotta Figurines”, Volume I. The series of the results of the Danish excavation team in Failaka Island-State of Kuwait. Published by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters-Kuwait, 2002.

3. “The Sacred Enclosure in the Early Hellenistic Period” “"الربض المقدس في الفترة الهيلينستيةVol. 3 from the series of the results of the Danish excavation team in Failaka Island-State of Kuwait, published, 2011. (Obtained State Award for Translation 2014)

c. Articles:
1985-1990 1. A number of articles in the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Museum Newsletter “in detail” discussing a theme on, one object or a group of objects in the collection, 1985-90. (English & Arabic)
1988 2. Billawr (Rockcrystal). Mawsu´at al-Hadarah al- Islamiyyah (Encyclopedia of Islamic Culture), ´Amman- Jordan, 1988. (Arabic)
2000 3. Yaqut (Ruby and Sapphire), Article in the Encyclodpedia of Islam, 2000. (English)
2001 4. “Zumurrud” (Emerald), Article in the Encyplodedia of Islam, 2001 (English).
2009 5. "Trade and Beauty-Baghdad 8-12 century AD" (From Baghdad to al-Andalus), Published by Babylon, Paris, 2009. (English)
2012 6. Article “Memories Collected for a book to be published by Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah in Kuwait.
d. Papers for Seminars:
2001 1. Paper on "Translation" for a Seminar held in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., April,2001. (Arabic) [read by the Secretary General of the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters]
2001 2. Paper for "Archaeological Evidence of Kuwait's Ancient History "(Dilmun Civilization) " شواهد أثرية على تاريخ الكويت القديم ( حضارة دلمون) Research paper, Seminar " Connection between History & Archaeological Finds in the Arabian Gulf Area " held in Kuwait, Nov. 6-8, 2001. Published by the Society of History & Archaeology, Kuwait, 2001. (Arabic)
Public Lectures


1. “The Mashrabiyya and Stained Glass - in Kuwait Architecture” (English), to be published in the proceedings of IRCICA Islamic Crafts Conference in Cairo,1995, on "Mashrabiyyah and Stained Glass in the Islamic World". Arabic Translation published, 2002. (This is when (1995) I joined WCC-APR as Individual Member).
1997 2. Lecture on the Ancient history of Kuwait and the Archaeological excavations in Failaka Island during the cultural season of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters at Jahra City in Kuwait, 1997.
1999 3. Lecture on Islamic Pottery, at the German Institute for Oriental Studies, Beirut –Lebanon, 1999. (English)
2000 4. Lecture at the Department of Architecture –Faculty of Engineering, Kuwait University- entitled “Early Islamic Architecture”, Kuwait 2000. (in English)
2000 5. Lecture at the Department of Architecture-Faculty of Engineering, Kuwait University on “Domestic Architecture in Kuwait”, Kuwait, 2000. (English)
2002 6. Lecture on “Paradise & Hell in Islam”. Prepared for a Colloquium in Keszthely-Hungary, 7-14 July, 2002. ( English) To be published.
2002 7. Lecture on “ The Influence of Islamic Arts and Crafts on European Arts”, for the International Congress on Islamic Arts and Crafts organized by IRCICA, in Isfahan, 4-9 Oct,2002 (English) To be published.
2004 8. Lecture on “The Islamic Art and Eurorpean Arts” at the American University in Beirut (A.U.B.), Beirut-Lebanon (Arabic), January, 2004.
2004 9. Lecture on “Islamic Pottery: Influences and Innovations” at the Lebanese American University (L.A.U.) – Beirut, Lebanon (Arabic), May, 2004.


10. Lecture in a seminar at Chennai – India entitled “ Jewelry: from Grass to Gold” organized by the Craft Council of India (CCI) in October, 2004. The title is “ South-East Asian Jewelry in Arabic Texts”. (English)
2005 10. Lecture at the Islamic Art Department-Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A., entitled “ Examples of Islamic Jewelry and Bejewelled Objects in Classical Arabic Texts”, on April 14, 2005. (English)

11. The above lecture repeated at a request of Skinners Auction House in Boston, Mass, U.S.A., on Sept. 12, 2005. (English)
2007 12. Lecture “Paramount Gems in Arabic Jewelry and Bejewelled Objects” delivered at the School of Asian & Oriental Studies S.O.A.S., at London University, London, England, April 25, 2007. (English)
2012 13.Presentation “Crafts Education in West-Asia Subregion”, in the International Conference in Bangkok-Thailand (cancelled).


Regional Assembly WCC - APR in Bukhara/Uzbekistan, May 2005. Report on West-Asia Crafts Activities read on my behalf by Ms. Faiqa Sibai, the former Vice-President for West Asia, World Crafts Council -Asia-Pacific Region (APR).
2006 Regional Assembly WCC - APR in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, May 2006. Report on West-Asia Crafts Activities.
2007 Regional Assembly WCC - APR in Bangkok/Thailand, September 2007. Report on West-Asia Crafts Activities.
2008 General & Regional Assembly WCC - APR in Hangzhu/China, November 2008. Report on West-Asia Crafts Activities.
2009 Board Meeting in Bangkok/Thailand, November 2009. Report on West Asia Crafts Activities.
2010 37th Regional Assembly WCC - APR in Kuching, Sarawak-Malaysia, Sep 2010. Report on West-Asia subregion.
2011 33rd Regional Assembly WCC - APR 2011 in Daegu-S.Korea. Report on West-Asia Subregion.
2012 34th Regional Assembly WCC - APR 2012 in Chennai, India. Report on West Asia.
2013 APR President’s Report for 2013.
Symposium, Workshops,Conferences, Board Meetings & Exhibitions:


Paris/France: Exhibition 1996, from the Islamic Art Museum in Kuwait.
1996 Istanbul/Turkey:Exhibition, from the Islamic Art Museum in Kuwait.
2006 Boston/U.S.A.:MESA Conference/2006
2007 Bishkek & Tamchy/Kyrgyzstan: 18-31 July, 2007- Inaugural speech and attended Exhibition-Workshop organized by CACSA in Bishkek, and central Asian Crafts Fair in Tamchy Village
2008 Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia: Board Meeting WCC-APR July 2008
2008 Hangzhu/China Nov 2008 Exhibition and Board Meeting
2009 Bangkok/Thailand: Board Meeting W.C.C.-APR Nov. 9, 2009.
2009 Bangkok/Thailand: Workshop on Basketry, UNESCO/APHADA in Ayuthaya, Nov. 8, 2009.
2010 Kuching, Sarawak/Malaysia, Sept. 2010, APR Regional Assembly.


Miri, Sarawak/Malaysia, Oct. 2010, Beads Exhibition.

Colombo, Srilanka, Oct. 2010, Opening of Siva Obeyersikri’s Arts & Crafts Gallery.

2010 WCC Board Meeting in Lusaka-Zambia, Oct.2010.
2011 Chongjou, S. Korea, International Crafts Biennale, Oct.2011- visit
2011 Board Meeting in Daegu-South Korea, Oct.2011
2011 Inaugural speech at Embroidery and Patchwork International Festival in Gölcük, Turkey, June 23-26th, 2011.
2011 Attended WIPO Symposium in Muscat-Oman, June 26-28, 2011.
2011 - 2012 Organizing exhibition on Textiles (as Vice-President of WCC/APR) in collaboration with the Islamic Art Center in Kuwait
2012 Attending celebration of Sultan Qabus Award for Crafts Excellence, March 2012.


Organized Asia Pacific Handicrafts Week in Kuwait, during the 19th Qrain Festival annually launched by the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, 20-25th Jan,2013.
2013 Yangzhou city, attended CACA-China, Award Ceremony for Master Craftsmen, 11-16th April,2013
2013 Semarang 1st Batik International Festival, Indonesia, 3rd-5th May,2013, participated in Seminar and Exhibition.
2013 Speech in Inauguration of “World Crafts Day”- organized by Iran Culture, Heritage & Handicrafts, Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Iran, 8th June,2013. Meeting with both President and Deputy of ICHTO
2013 Muscat-Oman meeting with H.E.Chairperson of Public Authority for Crafts Industries, Vice President of APR-West Asia sub-region, July 8th, 2013
2013 Held the Second Executive Board Meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, July 27th, 2013.
2013 Attended the inauguration of OIMO/ International Forum-Felt Crossroads event in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, July 25-5th Aug,2013, and gave a speech.
2013 Attended The First Exhibition of Handicrafts & Crafts Industries, in Amman-Jordan, Sep 5-7th,2013
2013 Attended First Board Meeting & Evaluation on WCC Wood Carving City in China, Sep 25-27,2013
2013 Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo,2013. Meeting with Chairperson and Deputy of TICCIE, Nov 21-24th,2013
2013 Attended WCC special meeting on UNESCO programme on “Award of Excellence for Handicrafts” and “Opening Ceremony” of “International Arts & Crafts Creative Competion-2014”, Dec 28-29th Dec,2013, in Beijing, China.
2014 Attended 3rd National Crafts Day & H.M.Sultan Qaboos Award of Excellence 2014 Celebration, March 3rd,2014, attended with WCC-IPP, in Muscat,Oman.
2014 Participated in the 1st East West & Africa Women Initiatives Forum-1st Conference: Topic: “Women as Elements of Change”, March 15-16th,2014, Princess Taghrid Institute, Amman, Jordan. Gave a speech.
2014 Attended 2nd WCC Board Meeting, April 10th,2014, in Atlanta Georgia, North America.
1. Member of the Society of History and Archaeology, Gulf Cooperation Council.

2. Member of the World Crafts Council - Asia-Pacific Region (1995):

a- Senior Vice-President (2009-2012)
b- Vice-President for West Asia sub-Region, WCC-APR (2004-2012)
c- President of WCC-APR (2013-2016)

3. Member in the Graduate Club, Kuwait
4. Member of the Lebanese American University Alumni
5. Member of the American University of Beirut Alumni, Kuwait Chapter-Beirut,Kuwait.
6. Member of the Board of Trustees of Hani Qaddumi Foundation, Amman, Jordan.
7. Member of MESA, USA.
8. Member of the Formative Art Society – Kuwait (2003)
9. Member of the Kuwait Women Cultural Social and Society.
1.Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Award for Achievements in the field of Antiquities and Museums, March, 2011, U.A.E., Dubai.

2. Lebanese American University (LAU) Award of Achievement, Beirut, Lebanon, Dec, 2013.

3. State Award of Appreciation for Translation into Arabic, Kuwait, Jan, 2014.
Personal Data
H.E. Shaikha Ayisha Bint KhalfanAl-Siyabiyya
Name : H.E. Shaikha Ayisha Bint KhalfanAl-Siyabiyya
Date and Place of Birth: 1972 - Samail
Marital Status: Married
Bachelor in Art Education Sultan Qaboos University - 1995.
Managerial Positions
1995-2000 Teacher of Art Education
2000-2003 Director of Art Education
2003 up to date

Chairperson of The Public Authority for Craft Industries.

2004 up to date

Member of Board of Trustees ( University Of Nizwa).

Chairperson of The High Committee for His Majsty Award of Excellence for Craft.

Chairperson of The High Committee for The Generations College of Crafts Science and Art.

Representative of The Sultanate of Oman at the Executive Board of The Arab Women Organization .

Vice-President for West-Asia Sub-Region in the Asia Pacific Region of the World Crafts Council.

Personal Data
Mr. Edric Ong LIANG BIN
Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific Region & Vice President of South East Asia Subregion
Name : Mr. Edric Ong LIANG BIN
Birthdate : 12th April 1953
Birthplace : Kuching, Sarawak, E. Malaysia
Qualifications :

Bachelor of Architecture University of Singapore 1977 Registered Architect, Malaysia

Proprietor Edric Ong Architect Executive Director – Eon Company (Arts/Crafts/Fashion Gallery) since 1986
President Society Atelier Sarawak (The Arts & Crafts Society of Of Sarawak, East Malaysia.) since 1993
Executive Director World Eco – Fiber & Textile (W.E.F.T.) Forum Network
Committee Member Crafts Council of Malaysia (1998-Present)
Member World Crafts Council – Asia Pacific.
Immediate Past President ASEAN Handicraft Promotion & Development Association (AHPADA) 2004-2006
Managing Director Kumpulan Philipino Malaysian Architect Consultant Sdn Bhd
Managing Partner Malaysian Associate Architects (Sarawak) 1983-1995
Director Design East Associates (Interior Design Consultants) 1986-1992
Hon. Gen. Secretary Society Atelier Sarawak (Arts & Crafts Society) 1986-1992
Manager/Artistic Director Sarawak Culture Fusion Dance Company 1987-1989
Executive Director “Fabriko – The Luxury of Sarawak-Style” 1989 – 2001
Executive Management Committee Member Sarawak Cultural Village 1989-1995
Member National Council for Craft Industry Malaysia
MPresident Full Gospel business Men’s Fellowship International – Sarawak Chapter 1993-1995
Chairman Sarawak Arts Festival (Kuching Festival) 1991-1996

International Ikat Weaving Forum .June 1999 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. (1st WEFT Forum) World Eco-Fiber and Textile Forum (WEFT 2001) World Eco-Fiber and Textile Forum (WEFT 2003)


Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week ( TATTOOED BUTTERFLIES- 2004), (JUNGLE JINGLE – opening show 2005),


UNESCO Natural Dyes Symposium 2006, Asia Pacific Fashion Show, Hyderabad India

Designer ‘e.r.o.’s Art2Wear- Fashion show in Kuala Lumpur
Designer WEFT FORUM FASHION SHOW 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006
Artistic Director

Ethnic Inspirations Fashion Extravaganza 1987

Artistic Director

Sarawak Inspirations Fashion Extravaganza 1993

Designer “EO Design” Fashion wear & Accessories Using Sarawak/Malaysian Textiles & Materials
Designer Kuching Hilton Hotel Uniforms
Designer Sarawak Cultural Village Uniforms
Films “The Sleeping Dictionary” (2000)

UNESCO Seal of Excellence Booth at Maison & Objet, Paris 2007


UNESCO Seal of excellence Booth at Santa Fe International Folk Art Market 2006, 2007.


International ‘Ikat’ Weaving Forum in Kuching, Sarawak (June 11-16th 1999) 300 participants from 21 nations; 22 papers presented in forum; Weaving/Natural Dye workshops and Post-forum Tour to Batang Ai Iban Longhouse.

Organising Chairman “Weaving – Cultural Links” International weaving Exhibition and Seminar/Workshop – Sept. 7-21st 1988, Participants include 70 Iban Weavers, and Guest Weavers from Britain, Australia, Canada, India and Philippines
Organising Secretary

of State Wide Art Competition – August 1988

Organising Secretary

of Beads Exhibition at Sarawak Museum – July 1988

Organising Secretary of Sculpture and Carving Exhibition/Workshop at Sarawak Museum – June 1988
Malaysian Representative at World Crafts Conference Sydney 1988; International Tapestry Symposium Melbourne 1988
Chairman Annual Sarawak Secondary School Students Art Competition (1992-present)

Fiesta Filipino in Malaysia (1994) (Arts, Crafts, Music, Fashion & Sculpture) Tour of 3 cities – Kuala Lumpur, Penang & Kuching.


Asian Textile Heritage Convention Chiangmai, Thailand 1992


“Woven Dreams” Iban Textile at Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, September 2000.

“Woven Dreams” Iban Textile at Flinders University Art Museum Adelaide, Australia 2001

“Naturally Inclined” at National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, November 2000.

Exhibition at Aseana Gallery KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, 2000& 2002

Sarawak Arts/Crafts Exhibition at Voyageurs DuMonde, Paris 1996.

Iban Textile exhibition Ethnographic Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden (1999)

Asian Textile Heritage, Artrageously Ramsay Ong Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2002)

‘BLUE” indigo exhibition, Artrageously Ramsay Ong Gallery, Kuching (2001)

The “Tree of Life” – an Indian-Malaysian exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata 2002-2003.

Arts from the Rainforest of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo: east-West Enter, Honolulu, Hawaii (July-September 2004)

Bejalai- A Malaysian Australian Journey- art exhibition at Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, June 2004

Selembar Benang Menjalin Alam –World Eco Fiber and Textile Art- Galeri Petronas, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur (May-August 2006)

World Eco-Fiber and Textile Art

Chitramayee, State Art Gallery of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, India (Nov-December 2006)

Rajiv Gandhi Handicraft Bhawan, New Delhi (Feb-March 2007)


Saga City Cultural Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (2001)

Kyoto Art Centre (2001)

Tokyo International Gift Show TIGS (2001), 2002, 2003

Ethnic Fabric, Furniture & Decorative Arts (EFFDA) Fair, London (2001)

Canadian Society for Asian Arts, Vancouver (2002)

World Colour Congress 2002, Iowa, USA

Silk Lab Gallery, Nakano, Tokyo (2002)

Gallery Terra, Kyoto (2002)

“Tendence”-Lifestyle Fair- Frankfurt, Germany (2003)

Malaysian Arts and Cultural Promotion, Covent Garden, London (2006)

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, New Mexico USA (2005, 2006, 2007)

Glenn Richards Gallery, Seattle USA (2006)

Pi Gallery, Kansas City, USA

Krimsa Gallery, San Francisco USA (2006)

New College of Art, San Francisco USA (2006)

California Gifts Fair, Los Angeles USA(2006)

Sawdust Festival, Laguna Beach USA (2007)

Textile Museum, Washington DC (2007)

American Museum of Natural History (2007)

Kuala Lumpur International Batik Convention 2007


Annual State-Wide Iban Textile Competition Sarawak

Annual State-wide Secondary Schools Art Competition.

“BATU SARAWAK”-International Stone Sculptors Camp 2003, Kuching, Sarawak

“KAYU BATU SARAWAK” International Sculptors Camp 2005

Organising Chairman, Fiesta Filipino in Malaysia (Festival of Fashion, Music, Art, Crafts, Food & Products of Distinction) – 1994