Nawar N. Al-Kazemi’s research interest is design education in the Arab States of the Gulf Region. She studied Public Relations and Advertising, with a minor in Graphic Design, at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). After graduation, Nawar interned in creative departments of international and local advertising agencies in Kuwait, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Radius Leo Burnett, and Circus BC. She designed “The White Show,” AUK’s portfolio exhibition of graduating design students in 2010, the same year as she collaborated with designers to establish JDN, a design project dedicated to challenging the status quo and standards of the design field in Kuwait. At D-Crit, Nawar explores the integral role of design education in shaping and solidifying Khaleeji cultural identity in the Gulf countries. As an advocate of design possibilities, she looks forward to working on projects that highlight and discuss the relationship between design and cultural identity.