Meet our acclaimed jury!
Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi
President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation
Hoor Al Qasimi is a practising artist who received her BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2002), a Diploma in Painting from the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2008). In 2003, she was appointed curator of Sharjah Biennial 6 and has since continued as the Biennial Director.

Al Qasimi serves on the Board of Directors for MoMA PS1, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; International Biennial Association, Gwangju; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut and Darat Al Funun, Amman. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the College of Art and Design, University of Sharjah; member of the Advisory Board for Khoj International Artists' Association, New Delhi and former member of the Advisory Board at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013-2016). She has served on the juries and prize panels for the Maria Lassnig Prize (2017), Mediacity Seoul Prize (2016), Hepworth Wakefield Prize for Sculpture (2016), Prince Claus Awards (2016), Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale Shorts (2016), Videobrasil (2015), Dubai International Film Festival (2014) and Benesse Prize (2013).

Recent curatorial projects include major retrospectives Yayoi Kusama: Dot Obsessions(2016–2017), Robert Breer: Time Flies (2016–2017), Simone Fattal (2016) and Farideh Lashai(2016) as well as 1980–Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, UAE Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Rasheed Araeen: Before and After Minimalism (2014) and Susan Hefuna: Another Place (2014).

Al Qasimi was co-curator for numerous others including Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: Two Suns in a Sunset (2016),When Art Becomes Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938–1965) (2016) and The Khartoum School: The Making of the Modern Art Movement in Sudan (1945–Present) (2016–2017).
Ramesh Jagannathan
Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Managing Director of startAD, New York University Abu Dhabi
Inaugural Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship at New York University Abu Dhabi responsible for establishing the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Managing Director of startAD, a major Innovation and Entrepreneurship platform with a vision to be the foremost enabler of entrepreneurship in the UAE.

Appointed by the Abu Dhabi government to the panel of experts assembled to review and certify their 2030 policy on transition to a Knowledge Based Society. Appointed by the President of NYU Polytechnic to Chair the Task Force on Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create an executable plan for the 21st Century global engineering education.

Entrepreneurial technologist with over 45 patents. Directed Open Innovation R&D programs at Kodak European Research Labs, in collaboration with several top tier universities and research centers from the US and Europe.

Coached the NYUAD students' team in the Hult/Clinton Global Initiative Grand Challenge competition winning $333,000 for an NGO in Africa to implement their business model. President Clinton cited this accomplishment in his cover article in the Time magazine "The Case for Optimism -- From technology to equality, five ways the world is getting better all the time" as one of the five reasons.

Received the Rhodes Trust Inspirational Educator Award (2017) and the UAE Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Award – Innovator of the Year (2017).

Kamal Aljafari
Filmmaker & Visiting Associate Arts Professor of Film and New Media, New York University Abu Dhabi
Kamal Aljafari is a film director and artist from Palestine. His filmography includes 'Recollection' (2015), 'Port of Memory' (2009) and 'The Roof' (2006).

Jafari's films have been screened at numerous film festivals including Locarno, Torino, Rotterdam, Fidmarseille as well as museums including Tate Modern and MoMA in NYC. He was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in New York, and in 2009/2010 was the Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center.

From 2011 to 2013 he was head of the directing program for the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. In 2016 he was a jury member in the Torino Film Festival and showcases of his work took place at Lussas Film Festival in France and at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal.
Scientific Merit Award (500 USD)

The Scientific Merit Award is granted to the film that best exemplifies science in narrative filmmaking in a compelling, credible, and inspiring manner.

The Scientist Award (500 USD)

Films made by and about scientists are eligible. The goal of this award is to encourage more scientists to create films that let audiences into their minds, labs, and lifestyle.

Visual Science Award (500 USD)

The Visual Science Award is given to the film that best depicts science in a visually­ engaging manner.

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