Team Conductors


Janet Bellotto is a Full Professor of Visual Arts and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University/UAE. She is an artist, writer and educator from Toronto, with an international career that spans over 20 years. A curator and Associate Editor of Tribe—a magazine of photography and new media from the Arab world—she was the Artistic Director for the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art, hosted by Zayed University in Dubai. An initiator in various collaborations and a curator, she engages projects that promote cultural exchange. Her practice in Sculpture/Installation is created using a wide range of media including photography, video, and performance, which examines the ever-changing world connected to the sea, oceans, marine life and islands. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of collective, group, and solo exhibitions, as well as in international art fairs. Her major research project on Sable Island was published in 2017 by lightbox, Venice, with MAP Office in the book Our Ocean Guide, 2017.

Adina Hempel is an architect, urban researcher and Assistant Professor at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at the Zayed University/UAE. Her research investigates the impact of trade and the cross-cultural influences on urban development in the UAE. She has conducted extensive research on the modern architectural history of the UAE and was appointed Head of Research for the 2014 National Pavilion of the UAE at La Biennale di Venezia. Between 2016 and 2017 she served as Head of Research for GSM Project Mena on the Shindagha Historic District Wave 1. As an architect, Adina Hempel has worked on large-scale public projects, such as the National Sports City Stadium in Singapore, a future urban vision plan for Dubai, a proposal for Hudariyat Island in Abu Dhabi, along with the exhibition development for the Documenta 2007 in Kassel and the installation of the National Pavilion of the UAE at the Qasr of Hosn Fort Festival in 2015. Her work has been exhibited presented at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2009 as well as the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and 2018. She received a Dipl.-Ing. of Architecture (Master in Architecture) from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany, studied at Columbia University New York and New York Film Academy.


Born and raised in Hawai‘i and educated in San Francisco and New York, Kóan Jeff “KJ” Baysa –Curator– is a medical doctor, member of AICA, and Whitney Museum ISP Curatorial alumnus who has participated in medical missions in conflict zones and develops health apps for personal mobile devices. On the boards of several national and international arts organizations, his current practice bridges medical culture and social sculpture, with specific interests in the neuroscience of memory and perception, the cultural constructs of health and disease states, and multisensory immersive interactive art experiences. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Medical Avatar; Co-founder of the Joshua Treenial; Curator of the Institute for Art and Olfaction; Senior Founder of the Honolulu Biennial Foundation; Founder of the iBiennale; Director of Pono Projects; Program Board Advisor for Art Omi; Board Member of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations. Dr. Baysa organizes exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussions globally, and divides his time between New York, Honolulu, and Los Angeles, his current home base.

David Howarth – Design – is Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at the College of Arts & Creative Enterprises at Zayed University (Abu Dhabi). David earned an MA in Visual Communication from the University of Salford, England. He has 25+ years experience both working within industry for Award Wining Design Agencies in the UK and as well as working as Managing Director at his own successful company “Key Lime Creative Ltd”. Howarth has a keen interest in all design related issues with a passion for Land Art and natural/urban decay. He recently published papers on “What effect technology has had on a graphic designers thought process over the last 25 years”. David is currently working on a Typography project connected to Land Art, inspired by the ecology of Sir Bani Yas Island.