Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi

President of the Sharjah Art Foundation and International Biennial Association

To head up one biennial is work, but two, well, that takes stamina. Which, fortunately, Hoor seems to have in abundance. This year, as well as overseeing the 14th edition of the Sharjah Biennial alongside guest curators Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons, the sheikha has had the Lahore Biennale to contend with. She was named curator of the second edition, which will take place next year. Meanwhile, her Africa Institute – founded last year to advance research into African and AfroArab history – organised its first international event, a three-day conference at Tate Modern in London discussing 1960s and 70s liberation movements (Hoor has good relations with Western institutions: she’s on the board of MoMA ps1 in New York and KW Institute in Berlin, as well as Ashkal Alwan in Beirut). And, as if this wasn’t enough, she took over as creative director of her late brother’s fashion label this year.