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Kira Jean

Kira Jean is the visionary founder and chief executive officer of The Dreamwork Collective. In her first year of business, she published ten titles, supporting writers to then go on and become best-selleing authors, host international launches, get their work published in foreign languages, and be featured at the Emirates Festival of Literature. Her goal is to create one of the most influential, life-changing media organisations in the Middle East, offering a platform for inspiring stories from the region to be shared throughout the world. Kira is a passionate writer, speaker and entrepreneur who writes and speaks on topics such as leadership, spirituality, entrepreneurship, self-mastery, manifestation, mindset and creativity. She is a qualified yoga teacher and life coach, and mentors some of the world's top creatives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries on how to achieve their goals with more ease and grace, and live their most expansive lives ever. She lives in Dubai with her husband and Yorkie, reveling in her love of tea, optimism, and truth.

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Thalia Suzuma

Thalia Suzuma has been in fiction publishing for over ten years, working for publishers including Pan Macmillan, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury. At Pan Mac, the focus was on crime thrillers, at HarperCollins she focused on commercial women’s fiction and at Bloomsbury QFP she acquired books in translation. She has worked with bestselling authors such as Cecelia Ahern, Lauren Weisberger, Tony Parsons and Barbara Taylor Bradford. In 2014, she moved to the Middle East to publish prize-winning authors such as Saud Al Sanousi and Mai Al Nakib, with the aim to diversify the types of narrative available to an English-reading audience. The books she published, unlike many of their authors, did not get denied visas at airports. When Thalia is not scouting for the latest literary talent or typing up a storm, she enjoys teaching yoga to children, teenagers with special needs, and to all sort of people who might think ‘yoga isn’t for me!’.