Christie’s has announced the appointment of Saudi national Hawazen Nazieh Nassief as Director, Middle East Relationship Management. In this role she will be responsible for fostering and developing relationships with clients across the Middle East. She will join the established local Christie’s team, led by Managing Director Michael Jeha, who have been operating in the region since 2005 and hold sales twice a year in the Middle East of modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art.
Before joining Christie’s, Nassief worked for the Olayan Financing Company in Saudi Arabia, where she was Corporate Social Responsibility Officer from 2011 and 2013. Prior to this she was the Editorial Coordinator and External Communication Officer for Investment Enterprises, based in Jeddah. She also worked as a Supervisor of Strategic Studies for Kingdom Holding Company, based in Riyadh before completing her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University in the USA. Her experience in CSR is particularly relevant given that Christie’s Dubai has helped to raise more than $20 million for charitable causes in the Middle East since its establishment in 2005.
Nassief will be based in Dubai and work alongside the 10-strong Dubai team and Christie’s network of consultants throughout the region. In addition, she will travel to assist clients visiting Christie’s main salerooms in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She brings a wealth of experience and contacts to the business and will be particularly focused on developing business with clients from Saudi Arabia, a key growth area for Christie’s in the region.