Associate Professor of Practice Director of the Graphic Design Program
Department of the Arts


Brief Biography

Ghalia Elsrakbi is a design professional, researcher, and design educator. After obtaining her a Master's degree in Design at the Sandberg Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, she joined the post-academic interdisciplinary program " Design Negation" at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht where her research was dedicated to the investigation of populist politics from the perspective of design and theory.

In 2009, she co-founded with South African designer Lauren Alexander Foundland Collective, an art, and design practice based in Amsterdam. Foundlands projects explore under-represented political and historical narratives by working with archives via art, design, writing, educational formats, video making, and storytelling. It aims to critically reflect upon what it means to produce politically engaged work from the position of non-Western artists working between Europe and the Middle East.

She is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Cairotronica, Electronic and New Media arts festival in Cairo, a jury member for the Hybrid Art category for Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. Ghalia  has lectured and exhibited widely in Europe, the United States and the Middle East including Centre Pompidou (FR), The Rotterdam International Film Festival(NL), ISPC (NYC), Ars Electronica, Linz (AT), IMPAKT Festival (NL), London Art Fair (UK), Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Fikra Design Biennial (UAE), Porto Design Biennial (PT), Amman Design week (JOR)

Elsrakbi was awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2015/2016 for research in the Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC, and was shortlisted for the Dutch Prix de Rome prize in 2015 as well as the Dutch Design Awards in 2016.

Research Interest
  • Data Visualization and Information Design
  • Editorial Design and Digital Publishing
  • Design Education and Curriculum Development
  • Cross-Cultural Design
  • Speculative Design