Managing Director, The Managment
Shivani Pandya, Managing Director of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), holds the mandate to direct strategic and operational aspects of the Festival. She has been with the Festival since its inception, working closely with the operations department to deliver an event that appeals to the cross section of audiences living in Dubai and the UAE while attracting global attention and appreciation. Her business insights clubbed with her approach towards enhancing the rapidly evolving film community in the UAE have been central to her success. Shivani is credited with contributing to the development of strategic direction for nurturing the local film industry and establishing Dubai’s position amongst the international film community. Shivani has been instrumental in the launch of key strategic initiatives at the Festival including The Dubai Film Market and bringing charitable organizations such as amfAR Cinema against AIDS and Oxfam to Dubai. Her leadership with the Festival grew out of an earlier assignment within the Business Development team at the Dubai Media City. During her tenure at DMC, she established the media cluster’s broadcasting department, and facilitated the addition of international broadcasters under the DMC umbrella. Shivani holds a Baccalaureate Honours degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Masters in Marketing and Communications from the Xavier’s Institute of Communication in Mumbai, India.