Malik Gillani

Executive Director
Silk Road Rising
Chicago, Illinois

Malik Gillani is the Founding Executive Director of Silk Road Rising, a position to which he brings extensive experience in producing, management, and business development. He is a recognized leader in the creation of innovative arts programming that expands artistic access. Most notably, he conceived of and developed a model for creating online video plays which are now being accessed across the globe. Gillani earned a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. He is a Kellogg Executive Scholar (Northwestern University). He has a Masters in Non-Profit Administration from North Park University. Gillani has been a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the City of Chicago’s CityArts Program. Gillani is the recipient of the IBM Business and Technology Leadership Award and Chicago Community Trust's Fellowship Award. He was honored by Changing Worlds for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts.