Hossein Amirsadeghi is a writer, publisher, editor and former documentary filmmaker based in Europe. He has a B.Sc in Economics & Politics from London University and post-graduate degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He has written, edited and published widely on Iran and Arab culture, including Twentieth-Century Iran, The Security of the Persian Gulf, The Arts of Persia and Peerless Images: Persian Painting and its Sources, Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art and New Vision: Contemporary Arab Art in the 21st Century, Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey. Other important previous titles include Strategic Thought in the Nuclear Age and The Future of the Troubled World. His main area of interest in recent years has been creativity in the greater Middle East and the Muslim world and his recent title, Art & Patronage: The Middle East has received wide international acclaim, while his Istanbul Contrasts has extended the bounds of creative book making. Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia was just published, and his Sanctuary: Britain's Artists and their Studios, a much anticipated volume on Britain's contemporary art scene, is out March 2012 to be followed by Studio USA in 2013. Other titles under present production include Forca Brasil and Korean Art: The Power of the Now. Titles in development include Art & Patronage China, similar volumes in the same series on North and South America and contemporary art books on Greece, India, Mexico and Indonesia. Hossein is also the founder and director of the Art & Patronage Summit, the first of which is being held at the British Museum and the RCA in London on January 12 & 13, 2012 - a groundbreaking event focused on the visual arts and creativity in the greater Middle East, including North Africa, Turkey and Iran under the banner theme of 'Unusual Thinking'. This event looks to turn old cultural thinking, practice and general discourse on its head.