Najlaa El-Ageli considers herself first and foremost a global citizen. Born in the United States and raised between Italy, Libya and the United Kingdom. She is a qualified architect with over fifteen years of professional experience involving various projects in London, Japan and Spain.
Due to a deep passion and interest in the Arts and the need to explore and discover its potential, she founded ‘Noon Arts’ in 2012, that is a small private organisation to curate the very best of contemporary Libyan art and to bring the works of both emerging and established Libyan artists to the world stage. So far, as Noon Arts, she has successfully curated and organised altogether nine international exhibitions in London (UK), Malta, Tripoli (Libya) and California (US), with the vital support and sponsorship from the British Council, the German Embassy in Libya, the Corinthia Group, the Medavia Airlines and other private funders.
In 2015, Noon Arts was also commissioned by the Benetton Foundation to curate the Libyan Art catalogue for its global ‘Imago Mundi’ project. Other great measures of success came when Noon Arts partnered with the ‘Shubbak Festival of Arts’ in 2015 (by bringing for the first time a Libyan artist to participate, who was the graffiti artist Aimen Ajhani) and again doing the same with the ‘Nour Festival of Arts’ in 2015 (by bringing the Canadian-Libyan artist Arwa Abouon with a solo exhibition titled ‘Birthmark Theory’).
Most recently in March 2016, El-Ageli partnered with the London-based Arts Canteen to curate two exhibitions for the ‘Arab Women Artists Now’ (AWAN) Festival that took place at the Rich Mix venue in East London, bringing the works of six emerging female artists from the MENA region.
Najlaa is a member of the London Print Studio Trustee Board since 2015 and was a Member of the Jury for the 'Arab Fund for Arts and Culture' (AFAC) for the Visual Arts Grants in 2016.