Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumVice Chairman, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) Vice Chairman, Emirates Literature Foundation, Jury Chair
Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum operates at the intersection of the arts, the creative industries, business, and technology with the aim of developing a self-sustaining creative ecosystem for Dubai. In her role as Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture, Her Highness is dedicated to catalysing the cultural industry through landmark initiatives reinforcing Dubai’s position as the leading cultural centre of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region.
Under Her Highness’ leadership, Dubai Culture has launched Dubai Art Season, SIKKA Art Fair and supported the rise of Dubai Design Week and Downtown Design, the region’s leading design fair. Her Highness maintains a deep understanding of the creative sector’s needs, and supports collaboration between the industry’s different entities, by hosting gatherings and discussion forums for industry specialists. Her Highness nurtures the growth of the creative community, in particular inspiring the imaginations of Dubai’s youth as the emirate’s future leader through initiatives like Creatopia, an online platform for attracting and supporting talented creative entrepreneurs, as well as by promoting occupational training, community service, and graduate consultancy programs.
An Executive MBA post-graduate with Honors from Zayed University and a graduate in Business Sciences specialized in marketing, Her Highness has participated in numerous leadership training progrmames.
Brendan McGetrickDirector & Curator, Global Grad Show
Brendan McGetrick is an independent writer, curator, and designer. His work has appeared in publications in over thirty countries, including The New York Times, Wired, The Financial Times, Art Review, Der Spiegel, Domus, and Vogue
Nippon. He is the editor and author of six books, including Content (Taschen, 2004), MAD Dinner (Actar, 2010), and Urban China: Work In Progress (Timezone 8, 2011).
In 2011, he curated Unnamed Design, a component of the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, in collaboration with Ai Weiwei. The exhibition received over 200,000 visitors and was named the year’s best contemporary design exhibition by
the New York Times. In 2014, he co-curated the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, together with Anton Kalgaev and Dasha Paramonova, for which he received a jury prize. He has served as director and curator of Global Grad
Show since its founding in 2015.
Aric ChenLead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+ museum
Aric Chen is Lead Curator for Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum of visual culture currently under construction in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Previously, he served as Creative Director of Beijing Design Week, helping to oversee the successful launch of that event in 2011 and 2012.
Prior to moving to Beijing, Chen was an independent curator, critic, and journalist based in New York, organizing exhibitions and projects at the Design Museum Holon, Design Miami/Basel, the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale, Center for Architecture (New York), and ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam, among others. He is the author of Brazil Modern (Monacelli, 2016), and has been a frequent contributor to publications including The New York Times, Metropolis, Architectural Record, and PIN-UP.
Hugo MacdonaldDesign Critic and Consultant
Hugo Macdonald is a design critic and consultant based in London. A former Design Editor at Wallpaper* and Monocle, and Brand Director at Ilse Crawford’s design studio, today he works with a number of global brands to help them clearly define and compellingly articulate their values. His clients have included Airbnb, Erdem, The Goldsmiths’ Company, Ikea and Instagram, alongside several emerging start-ups, design studios and architecture practices. Hugo lectures on the importance of maintaining human values in a world transitioning from corporate systems to technological solutions, and is a regular contributor to Wallpaper*, Monocle, Residence and Apartamento magazines. His first book “How to Live in the City” was published by Pan MacMillan for The School of Life in 2016. He is the curator of Object, a design platform at the Milan International Contemporary Art Fair in 2018.
Noah Murphy -ReinhertzNXT Space Sustainability Leader, Nike
Noah is the Sustainable Design Lead within Nike’s Innovation Kitchen. He collaborates with a diverse group of designers and innovators to blend sustainable materials, technologies and ideas into Nike’s advanced innovation efforts.
He previously led the industrial design team at Fuseproject, responsible for award-winning designs launched by Herman Miller, Samsung, Nivea, Western Digital and many others. These projects evolved a deep sense of the cultural currents of the marketplace and how people respond to products and the ideas behind them. After ten years of experience in consulting, he was ready to focus on creating change and addressing sustainability at a deeper level and on the largest scale possible.
When not tackling abstract problems, Noah creates practical problems by sailing wooden boats with his wife and daughter in the cold waters around Portland, OR.
Edwin HeathcoteArchitecture and Design Critic - The Financial Times
Edwin Heathcote is the architecture and design critic of The Financial Times. He is an architect, designer and writer and the author of a number of books on architecture and design including, most recently ‘The Meaning of Home’. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of online design writing archive Readingdesign.org and a regular contributor to journals including GQ, Icon, AD and l’Architecture d’Aujord hui.
Petra JanssenOwner and Designer, Studio Boot and Social Label
Designer Petra Janssen has been teaching at the Design Academy Eindhoven’s Man & communication department for 15 years and has her own graphic design agency Studio Boot for more then 25 years. In 2011 she initiated a festival called ‘Huttenfestival De Vlek’ where she built a small village together with a group of desiger-friends in the City of Tilburg (The Netherlands). This led to the birth of the Social Label Foundation. In this movement designers and workshops with people who have a distance from labour market are working together to create meaningful design products. This year Social Label presented an open book on designing labour that emphasises how the future will be all about working together.
Mohammad Saeed Al-ShehhiChief Executive Officer of d3
Mohammad previously held a number of prominent roles in the broadcast sector. In 2008 he was appointed Deputy CEO at Dubai Media Incorporated, where he developed corporate strategy and analysed operational and performance efficiencies. He also launched the first DMI native HD channels, developed technical infrastructure and led DMI’s digital offering. Before that, Mohammad was Senior Director of Broadcast Services at du, where he managed strategy and growth plans for the broadcast divisions and expanded du’s media and broadcast services regionally.
Mohammad holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the American University of Sharjah and a master’s degree in digital wireless communications from the University of Leeds. Mohammad is a graduate of EDAAD as well as the Young Arab Leaders programmes.
Faaris NaqviFounding Member, Bakery
Faaris is an entrepreneur ecosystem curator across growth markets at The Bakery, an early stage investor on a personal capacity, and Director of MENA Ventures Investments, an Angel Investment Vehicle which holds over 80 early stage investments. He has also spent the majority of his professional career focused on exposing technology enabled businesses at the world’s leading global growth market investor, The Abraaj Group.