Yahya Barry

Yahya Barry is appointed by National Museums Scotland as Community-Led Collections Research Fellow. He is Community Development Regional Lead (Scotland and Northern Ireland) for the Film and TV Charity and director for Olive Tree Madrasah CIC. Drawing on his expertise in ethnic relations, cultural dialogue, and social change, he has provided consultation to the BBC Religion & Ethics Board from 2016 and regularly contributes to BBC Scotland’s Sunday Morning With programme.

Yahya is currently a senior visiting researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre of African Studies and served as Chair and Head of Research for BE United, an African/Caribbean arts and cultural charity. He is a former fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Alwaleed Centre and Lead Outreach and PR at Edinburgh Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre.

He hopes to bring his expertise in inclusive approaches to creativity and culture in direct partnership with, and in support of, a diverse range of communities in Scotland to Creative Scotland.