James Piecowye is an associate professor of communication and media sciences at Zayed University in Dubai. James is a self styled idea maverick who believes that we all have world changing ideas waiting to be shared but, we don’t know how to get them from our mind to the open air. Through his experience in the classroom, online and on the airwaves ,with Nightline on DubaiEye, James is the embodiment of optimism and the words, “Can Do.”
Matt Hoyle is an internationally recognized photographer known best for his rich story-telling portraiture. Those who work with Matt love how he connects with and directs talent, from high profile personalities to everyday people.
Before shooting commercially, Matt was an award winning Creative Director in Advertising and he still applies his conceptual thinking today, whether he’s collaborating with clients in Entertainment, Advertising, Music and Editorial industries or creating his own fine art projects.
Yassin Alsalman is an Iraqi-Canadian that grew up between the Arabian Gulf and the Fleuve St-Laurent. With Montreal as his home, Dubai as his home away from home, and Iraq as his motherland; Yassin finds solace and belonging in music and the complex history of immigration, reintegration and culture.
Sue Gardner is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia. Before joining the Wikimedia Foundation, Gardner ran CBC.CA, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada’s most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions.
In April 2010 Elham Qasimi successfully completed an unassisted and unsupported expedition to the Geographic North Pole. During a two-week journey, Elham skied cross-country to the North Pole starting at 89 degrees latitude. As a result, she is the first Arab woman to set foot on the North Pole and the first UAE national to undertake an unassisted, unsupported expedition to the North Pole.
Gönan is a professional coach who has worked with athletes, business leaders and government leaders. She is a faculty member at The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California and is the founder of The Coaches Training Institute in the Middle East with its headquarter in Dubai.
TALKS ABOUT : The Uniform Project.
How one little black dress put 300 kids in school; the story of the Uniform Project in the context of digital philanthropy and online fund raising – the creative approach versus the traditional approach; using new models to engage new audiences and reach people that would otherwise tune out.
Irish born, Indian raised, and New York based, Sheena Matheiken founded the Uniform Project – an online creative platform that uses fashion as a vehicle to propagate sustainability and social responsibility in consumer culture.
Nicholas Sykes is a Project Manager with Highgate Interiors, currently managing the refurbishment of The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a Biology Graduate from Exeter University, and has previously taught biology at two prominent English private schools.
Mohammed is half Emarati and half Thai, born and raised in Bangkok. Since he was little, he had been greatly impacted by the Far East and developed a great appreciation for Asia’s colorful history and culture – leading to a growing curiosity in the creative arts.
Growing up, his first influences were toys, cartoons, video games and comic books like any other child, but the hunger to create came shortly after.
He then started drawing, and in an attempt to improve his talent, he started looking towards Comic Artists such as Joe Madureira and Humberto Ramos during his teens for inspiration and later ventured into creating comics and designer toys.
Jason has dedicated his life to helping other gain better health. He has spent the last fifteen years working with hundreds of thousands of people from every corner of the globe, including top athletes, CEO’s, major companies and many celebrities.
Tala is the founder and executive director of Centre for Musical Arts,
a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality and affordable
music instruction for people of all ages and walks of life.
Steve Sosebee is the co-founder and President of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, a non-profit, non-political American NGO working to address the medical needs of children in the Middle East. He worked in the past as a journalist for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
Mishaal is a columnist and commentator on current affairs. He maintains a weekly column for the Gulf News. He has previously worked in the financial and public sectors. He’s interested in the improvement of the general state of affairs with the specific focus on content creation and wealth creation. Mishaal recently co-found iamhere, a campaign driven design line, with his wife.