Rijin Sahakian has developed multidisciplinary arts programs in the United States and internationally. Sahakian has presented work on contemporary Iraqi art and culture at universities and cultural institutions including the World Bank, Arizona State University, Stanford University, the Dubai Film Festival, and the Arab American National Museum. She has also consulted and acted as a producer on various film and exhibition projects, including feature film Detroit Unleaded; the Iraq: Reframe project at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California; and the Desert Initiative at the ASU Art Museum. She received her M.A. in Contemporary Art and Cultural Policy from New York University. Sahakian served as public programs curator as well as catalogue essayist for the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2011. She was awarded a graduate Fulbright Fellowship for her research on contemporary Iraqi art in Amman, Jordan, where she was also a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center. Sahakian founded Echo/Sada for Contemporary Iraqi Art in 2010, which she currently directs.