Princess Alia Al-Senussi, PhD, is a patron and academic. She has recently completed her PhD in Politics at SOAS (UCL London) and holds multiple degrees from Brown University: a BA (2003) in International Relations and Middle East Studies, a masters in Political Science (2004) as well as an MSc from London School of Economics (2005) in Law, Anthropology and Society.
Alia works to promote various institutions and non-profit organisations through the arts and their overlapping interests with business and diplomacy. She holds a variety of non-profit board and committee positions that promote young patronage of the arts in London and collecting in the Middle East. She is a founding member of the Tate’s Acquisitions Committee for the Middle East and North Africa, the Board of Patrons of Art Dubai, 1-54 the African Art Fair and the Middle East Circle of the Guggenheim. She served as Chair of the Tate Young Patrons and is a founding International Co-Chair of The Chinati Foundation Contemporaries Council, as well as a member of the Committee for the Serpentine Gallery Future Contemporaries group and the Delfina Foundation Advisory Board.
Alia currently serves on the Tate Modern Advisory Board as well as on the Board of Trustees of the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation, the Showroom London and the Global Heritage Fund UK. She works as the VIP Representative for the UK and the Middle East and consultant for Art Basel, as well as Advisor for Arts & Culture to the Milken Institute and Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and holds various ambassador and executive roles.