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Nadia Samdani

Nadia Samdani
Co-founder and president
Samdani Art Foundation

Nadia Samdani (born 12 December 1981) also known as Nadia Khalil Choudhury, is a British born Bangladeshi businesswoman, art collector, and philanthropist, internationally recognized for her visionary leadership in developing platforms for art and culture in Bangladesh. Along with her husband Rajeeb Samdani, she is the co-founder of Samdani Art Foundation and its headline event the Dhaka Art Summit, which she also leads as its director. She serves as the Vice President of the Alliance Française de Dhaka
Nadia is Director of the Golden Harvest Group, one of Bangladesh’s leading conglomerates which is active in information technology, commodities, logistics, food processing, agriculture, dairy, aviation, insurance, banking, infrastructure development and real estate. She is the Chairperson of Braintrain Studio, a subsidiary of Golden Harvest which is active in architecture and interior design consultancy in Bangladesh. She is also a Director of the Khalil Group.
Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani were the first and only South Asians to date to receive the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage award in 2017. Nadia is a founding committee member of Tate’s South Asian Acquisition Committee and is also a member of Tate’s International Council. She is a founding member of the Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Arts Advisory Council and a member of the Alserkal Avenue Programming Committee in Dubai and also serves on the advisory council of the art fair Art Dubai. She has presented the work of the foundation at leading museums and art fairs such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Basel, Frieze, among other institutions.
Her art collection has been recognized since 2015 on the Artnews Top 200 collectors listing one of the sole South Asian collections to receive this recognition. They have also been consistently listed on the Art Review Power 100 list since 2015, recognizing their contribution to developing the art scene of Bangladesh and connecting it with the wider world. They were also listed as one of “The Deciders” – a list of individuals selected by art collector and producer Swizz Beatz for Art News as forces who will shape the art world in 2020. The Samdani collection is regularly featured in international news publications, most recently in HK Tatler.
As a British born Bangladeshi, Nadia contributes significantly to exchange between British and Bangladeshi artists and institutions through her association with Tate, the support of the Delfina Foundation through the Samdani Art Award, and also through collecting and commissioning major works by British Bangladeshi artists such as Rana Begum and Naeem Mohaiemen. Through the New North and South Network, exhibitions and works from Dhaka Art Summit had a significant presence in the North of England at the Whitworth (Raqib Shaw exhibition co-curated by Dr. Maria Balshaw and Samdani Art Foundation Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt) and at the Liverpool Biennial with a co-commission with Reetu Sattar- a performance and video installation.
Nadia received a “Woman of Inspiration Award” by the Bangladesh chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI) in 2020 which recognized nine women for their outstanding achievement and contribution to different sectors, including art and culture. She was recognized by the World Economic Forum in 2018 in their “Women of the Decade in Arts Leadership” awards program.

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