Cristiano Luchetti

Cristiano Luchetti is an academic, artist and architect. Across his multidisciplinary practice, he explores contemporary urban contexts, globalised cities, new sustainable strategies of development and preadaptation, as well as vernacular and traditional architecture. As an artist he is concerned with aspects of urban phenomenology too intangible to be understood and expressed through the design and making of architecture. Across his 15 year architectural career he has lead the design of large scale residential, commercial and hospitality projects internationally. His artwork has been exhibited at SIKKA, Sharjah Art Foundation, and Sharjah Art Museum and he has taught for several European and North American universities. 

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Jonny Farrow

Jonny Farrow is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sound as both a poetics and a material to research the liminal spaces of belief, memory, and history. Using concepts such as resonance, feedback, and transmission, Farrow sounds these spaces through various material and conceptual means in order to set them vibrating. He has shown and presented work in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Sweden, United Kingdom, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere. He produces The Distract and Disable programme heard monthly on WGXC 90.7 FM in Hudson, NY, and worldwide via the internet. He holds a BA in English, an MA in music, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and currently lives and works in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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Yasser Elsheshtawy

Yasser Elsheshtawy is an academic and cultural commentator who runs the Urban Research Lab, authors dubaization.com and uaemodern.com and whose work explores the urban experience of city dwellers, focusing on urbanisation in developing societies, informal urbanism, urban history and environment-behaviour studies, particularly in Middle Eastern cities. 

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Cristiana de Marchi

Cristiana de Marchi (born in Italy, lives and works in Beirut and Dubai) is an artist and a writer who, through performance, video, and installations of embroidered objects and tapestries, explores issues related to verbalisation and translation. Her works explore the correspondence between physical and nominal dimensions and her investigatory themes include the use of languages in propaganda, the transition between ‘territories’ and contexts and the redefinition of memory and identity. She was artist in residence at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA and her work has been shown internationally. 

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Talmiz Ahmad

Talmiz Ahmad has an esteemed, diverse diplomatic career, his extensive involvement and influence in Indo-Gulf relations granting a rare perspective on the region’s history. He has written and lectured extensively on political Islam, the politics and economics of West Asia, and energy security issues.

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