Oussama Rifahi joined the “Arab Fund for Arts and Culture” as Executive Director in July 2010. AFAC, an independent Arab initiative established in 2007, funds individuals and institutions in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts, while facilitating cultural exchange and cooperation across the Arab world and globally.
Previously, Rifahi was Managing Director for Museum Development in New York with Global Cultural Asset Management-GCAM,and provided cultural consultancy services to governments, cities, foundations and private collectors in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. As director of special projects for the Guggenheim Foundation, Rifahi managed feasibility studies of modern and contemporary museums in Lithuania and France in 2007. From 2003 to 2006, he was project manager at Mubadala in Abu Dhabi and an advisor to the chairman of Tourism Development and Investment Company -TDIC. Rifahi managed the market analysis, strategy definition and development of the business model for tourism and culture in Abu Dhabi and supported the first architectural developments on Saadiyat Island, as well as the initial negotiations between Abu Dhabi, the Louvre and Guggenheim museums.