Ahmad Abas is a recognised, award-winning architect who has been involved in and with the arts for over 25 years. As the Chair of Artrage (Perth Fringe Festival), Ahmad was closely involved in its transformation from a tenacious NFP arts organisation into the third largest fringe festival in the world. He was a founding committee member of the WA Cultural Chairs Committee, which has since evolved into the WA Chamber of the Arts. Ahmad’s involvement in the arts extends to early engagement in his career as a public artist, actor, performer, sculptor and event organiser. He relocated to Melbourne in 2016 to lead the expansion of his architectural practice to Victoria. In 2020 he was appointed a Director on the Melbourne Writers Festival Board.