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Defne Ayas was the Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art since between 2012-2017. Before moving to Rotterdam, Ayas worked between New York and Shanghai, where she initiated a partnership with Prince Claus Fund – co-founded Arthub Asia in 2007, an Asia-wide active research and production initiative. The curator at large at Performa  –  the biennial of visual art performance of New York City– she has been organizing acclaimed projects and programs with an international roster of artists, architects, curators, critics, and writers from across the world since 2005. Ayas also acts as a Curator-at-Large to Spring in Hong Kong and as an advisor to Blind Dates Project – an artistic platform that is dedicated to tackling what remains of the peoples, places and cultures of the Ottoman Empire (1299-1923), which she co-founded in 2006. In 2012, Ayas co-curated the 11th Baltic Triennale to great acclaim.  Ayas completed De Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam and received her BA in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Bruce W. Ferguson has been an art curator, critic and academic administrator and has extensive management experience in both arts and academic organizations.  At present he is Vice Chairman of LB Media in New York, a print and online publishing company. He has been the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and served as the Dean of the School of Arts at Columbia University as well as President and Executive Director of the New York Academy of Art. He has curated exhibitions for institutions from the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He also organized exhibitions within the international biennales of Sao Paulo, Sydney, Venice and Istanbul. Ferguson was the founding director and curator of Site Santa Fe in New Mexico where he articulated a vision for an international art biennial that now has a successful 20-year history and is central to the city's identity.

Christine Tohme is an independent curator and co-founder/director of Ashkal Alwan – The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, a non-profit arts organization established in 1994. Over the past 20 years, the association has committed itself to production, research and diffusion in contemporary artistic and intellectual practices. In 2011, the organization opened a 2,000m² multidisciplinary space aimed at providing an educational hub for the region. Ashkal Alwan’s platforms include: Home Works, a forum on cultural practices; Home Workspace Program (HWP), a free annual arts study program; Video Works, a support program for video production in Lebanon; artist residencies in Lebanon and abroad; a multimedia library and archive of local cultural practices; publishing critical, artistic and literary works; curated projects; production facilities and grants; and public programming and workshops. Furthermore, she was the curator of Sharjah Biennial 13.