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Are you between the ages of 14 and 25? Residing in the Middle East? Unleash your creative career today.

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Aktashif is a youth programme curated for aspiring young talents in the Middle East. A series of four modules, with a competitive twist.

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The Canon Aktashif Programme
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The Big Reward

Meet Our Judges

Mitch Sinclair

Mitch Sinclair

Executive Design Director, IDEO / Creative Director, Palmwood

Mitch Sinclair is Executive Design Director at IDEO and Creative Director of Palmwood, a joint collaboration between IDEO and the UAE government to bridge the worlds of design and government and elevate creativity across the nation. Her design perspective is grounded in social dynamics, brand strategy, aesthetic edges and design for the subconscious and conscious mind.

Mark Stobbs

Mark Stobbs

Director of Programming and Outreach, Dubai Design District

Mark Stobbs is Director of Programming and Outreach at Dubai Design District (d3), and he has been instrumental in the development of d3 since its inception. In his role, Mark has developed and overseen international projects that promoted designers from the region on the global stage. He is currently primarily engaged in directing industry-focused programming in the district.

Thomaz Domingues

Thomaz Domingues

Senior Manager - Strategy & Industry Development, in5

Thomaz Domingues is Senior Manager - Strategy and Industry Development of in5, a business incubator created to address the practical needs of a growing community of creative professionals and entrepreneurs across the tech, design and media industries. In his role as a strategic thinker, he is responsible for ensuring the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Dubai and the MENA region.

Muhammed Muheisen

Muhammed Muheisen

Renowned Photographer

Muhammed Muheisen is a world-renowned photographer, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, National Geographic photographer, founder of Everyday Refugees Foundation, Global Ambassador for Jordan Tourism Board, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Canon. He’s documented major events in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA. For over a decade, he’s been documenting the refugee crisis around the world.


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