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Biography

The Executive Director for Culture is responsible for the successful implementation of the cultural strategy as an effective way of delivering the research, education and service ambitions set out in King’s Vision 2029. She provides leadership for King’s Cultural Community and its dedicated Culture team, which includes Science Gallery London.

Munira Mirza’s eighteen-year career has spanned arts, academia, politics and media. As Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education in London (2008 – 2016), she led City Hall’s cultural planning for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and initiated a broad range of programmes including the first London Night Time Commission, the £24m London Schools Excellence Fund, the London Curriculum and Creative Enterprise Zones. Prior to City Hall, she worked within a diverse range of arts and charitable organisations including Tate, Policy Exchange and the Royal Society of Arts. Most recently, Munira was Head of Digital at HENI, where she initiated the award-winning HENI Talks, a non-profit digital library of short educational films about the visual arts.

Munira currently sits on the boards of the Royal Opera House and the Illuminated River Foundation. She appears regularly in the media and is the author of several publications, including Culture Vultures: Is UK Arts Policy Damaging the Arts (2005), Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism (2007) and The Politics of Culture: The Case for Universalism (2012). She studied English Literature at Oxford University and completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent in 2009.