Meet the Judges

Khalil Abdulwahid work at Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Director of Fine Arts Department, A graduate from the Pennsylvania State University– State College “workforce Education & development” in 2001, Khalil also holds an Associate Degree in Computer Aided Drafting & Design from the Pennsylvania College of Technology-USA.

In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Emirates Fine Arts Society from 2009 to 2010, Khalil also curated the 30th Emirates Fine Arts Society Annual Exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum. while working as an active member on the Advisory Board of the Department of Visual Communication at the American University of Dubai, and serving as a panelist on the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award 2012.

Khalil is the winner of the Suad Al-Sabah Awards at the Kuwait Gulf Exhibition in 2010; International Young Visual Arts Entrepreneur (IYVAE) 2008; the distinguished prize at the Sharjah International Biennial in 1997; GCC Youth Exhibition – Qatar in 1995; Golden Palm Leaf GCC Exhibition – Kuwait in 1994; Jury Prize at the CF Abu Dhabi in 1994; First Prize in the Youth Art Exhibition – Dubai in 1993; GCC Youth Exhibition – Kuwait in 1992; GCC Youth Exhibition– Saudi Arabia in 1991: and was part of the judging committee for the 3rd Sharjah International Biennial for Children’s Arts 2012; Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) Design Competition; the Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Award for Child Creativity, sheikha manal young artist award 2012; and the Member’s Exhibition for the Dubai International Art Centre.
Lachlan Gyde has nearly 30 years of property experience across Asia Pacific, including China, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore, during which he has developed several iconic retail landmarks including Clarke Quay and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Maitha Almarri is a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the college of Visual Arts and Creative Enterprises in Zayed University. She specializes in painting, drawing, sculpture, print-making, photography and installation. She has previously participated in several art competitions and is known for winning the People’s Choice Award in the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award 2016. This is her second time being a part of the Jury panel for this competition.