Board & Management

The Art Centre organisation with an elected Board drawn from the membership. Our mandate is to make art available to all ages, abilities and nationalities. Our day to day activities are managed by a full time team based at the Centre.

The Board

Consists of nine elected art centre members who agree to serve on a voluntary basis for a period of two years. The Board makes sure that the Centre continues to make art instruction, learning and exhibitions available to the widest audience through its courses, its art network and it's Gallery.

Diyali Bhalla - Chairperson

Born in India, Diyali graduated with a degree in science. She then moved on to receive a diploma in fashion design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (FIT) in New York.

For ten years Diyali has been running her own business in high fashion stores across the world. She relocated to Dubai in 2004 and has since then been involved in free lance design work, art events and teaching.

Simon Routledge - Vice-Chairperson

Simon is a Company Director with Davis Langdon, a global construction consultancy. Married with children, Simon has found DIAC to be a fun and instructive place for his family. A member of DIAC since 2005, Simon has been a regular student of Kamen Bonev's oil painting courses and has exhibited at the annual student's and member's exhibitions held in Gallery 76

Esre Kannemeyer - Gallery Director

Kamen Bonev - Exhibitions Director

Kamen was born in Bulgaria and has a Masters degree in fine art from the Fine Art Academy Velioko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. He has had exhibitions worldwide and is currently teaching fine art in DIAC.

Valentine Spasov- Operations Director

Zareen Khan - Cultural Director

Karan Dhawan - Treasurer


Fiona Petrocelli - Development Director